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2016 Nissan Leaf adds 107 mile battery option

Nissan has stretched the legs of its 2016 Leaf, giving buyers of the refreshed all-electric car the option to boost range to over 100 miles. The new battery pack, available on the Leaf SV and SL models, increases power density from the standard battery's 24 kWh to 30 kWh, and while the EPA is yet to test it, Nissan is estimating as much as 107 miles of driving from a single charge.

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2016 Toyota Prius literally descends in Las Vegas

With an event that eschews the traditional and literal unveiling for a more heart-stopping descent from ceiling to showroom floor and a tagline that says "Sky's the limit", Toyota is unsubtly saying something about the fourth generation Prius that it has revealed at the LA Auto Show today. And perhaps there is justification for that. The 2016 Prius is definitely not 2009's model, having undergone a substantial and well needed change. And not just in form, but in the very parts that make up the whole.

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Peugeot Fractal concept car is inspired by sound

Peugeot has unveiled a new concept car that uses an attractive and very angular design called the Fractal. The car was designed in cooperation with sound designer and producer Amon Tobin. It's described as an electric urban coupe that uses the sense of sound to improve the driving experience.

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Venturi VBB-3 electric racer sets land speed record

This has been a bad year for racing at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats. Lots of rain has left the normally hard packed salt slushy and clumpy. The conditions were so bad that the Bonneville Speed Week was shut down for the second year in a row. Despite Speed Week being shuttered again this year, a team from Venturi and Ohio State set out last week in an attempt to set a new speed record for electric vehicles in the VBB-3 streamliner.

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Tesla Model S P85D: so good it’s bad, breaks Consumer Reports

When you establish a rating standard to try to give all products a fair review, you usually set it up against an ideal perfect product. But what if you come across a product that actually surpasses that ideal? That was the predicament that Consumer Reports found itself in when it tried to grade Tesla's Model S P85D, the successor to an earlier Model S version. You see, the P85D was rated so good that it scored a 103, on a scale that shouldn't even go beyond 100.

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Tesla Models S P85D goes 452.8 miles on a charge

Lots of people hypermile their cars, hypermiling is a process where someone drives exceedingly carefully to enable their car to drive the longest distance on a tank of fuel possible. People go to some strange extremes to get better fuel economy with custom-made body kits and the like. A man named Bjorn Nyland has driven a Tesla P85D 452.8 miles (728.7km) on a single charge.

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Qualcomm reveals BMW i8 Formula E safety car with wireless charging

It may have been a while since we've heard anything new about Qualcomm's Halo, the wireless car charging system. That's changed today, as the company has just announced its new official safety car for the second season of the FIA's Formula E Championship. The car, a BMW i8, has been outfitted with Qualcomm's Halo 7.2kW wireless charging system, said to be able to charge the vehicle's batteries in one hour.

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Tesla crowdsources EV charging stations through Airbnb

As environment-friendly and enticing electric cars may be, there will always be the fear of running out of juice in the middle of nowhere, which is probably worse than running out of gas considering the scarcity of EV charging stations. Tesla has tried to address that range anxiety with a network of Supercharger stations from coast to coast in the US. But that might not be enough. In order to help defray the cost of putting more Superchargers, Tesla has enlisted the help of Airbnb and its hosts to offer EV charging in their very homes.

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