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BMW i3 range-extender gas backup engine priced up for US

BMW i3 range-extender gas backup engine priced up for US

BMW has finalized pricing for one of the more interesting options on its BMW i3 electric car, the range-extending gas motor that gives the city runabout longer legs. The two-cylinder gas engine - known as the "ReX" - increases the total range of the i3 to around 185 miles, BMW says, and will add $3,950 to the sticker price in the process. Without it, the i3 is estimated to manage up to 112 miles on electric power alone, and when in the most draconian driving mode.

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ClipperCreek LCS-25P is the smallest 240 V plug and cord EV charging station available

ClipperCreek LCS-25P is the smallest 240 V plug and cord EV charging station available

One of the things buyers of electric vehicles need to be able to use their vehicle is a charging station at home. Charging stations can range from an extension cord and a standard wall outlet up to more powerful 240 V level II charging systems. A company named ClipperCreek is unveiled a new electric vehicle charging station that it claims to be the smallest 240 V plug and cord charger around called the LCS-25P.

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Clean diesel and hybrid vehicle sales jump massively in August

Clean diesel and hybrid vehicle sales jump massively in August

Just about every manufacturer in the automotive industry is working hard to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions as much as possible. Two of the most common reduced emissions and fuel-efficient technologies right now are hybrid vehicles and clean diesel vehicles. Reports indicate that both clean diesel and hybrid automobile sales have increased significantly in the month of August.

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Tesla patent shows off dual hinged vertical doors destined for Model X

Tesla patent shows off dual hinged vertical doors destined for Model X

Tesla has been having a heck of the year with its Model S earning rave reviews and strong sales that allowed the company to pay back its government loans early. Tesla is already planning additional vehicle models, including the previously announced Model X SUV. One of the most interesting features of the Model X is a set of rear doors that open vertically allowing unfettered access to the interior of the vehicle.

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Toyota RAV4 EV first drive

Toyota RAV4 EV first drive

For a while, the modern eco-friendly vehicle had a familiar silhouette, and it was Prius shaped. Now, though, Toyota is branching out in not only its electric range but its types of drive, and so we have the RAV4 EV, eschewing gas and fuel-cells altogether in favor of what could be the most pious interpretation of green driving so far. Still, when your engine and battery are provided by Tesla, there's probably more to the story than just making all-electric family-friendly. We clambered behind the wheel (and brought our heaviest right foot) to see if the RAV4 EV holds up to scrutiny.

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Hybrids and EVs could soon cost up to $4k more Toyota warns

Hybrids and EVs could soon cost up to $4k more Toyota warns

Hybrid and ZEV car prices could rise by up to $4,000 as battery technology fails to keep pace with dwindling federal tax credits, Toyota has warned, despite aggressive targets for low-emission cars in the US. Development of cheaper, more power-dense batteries are likely to bring down the cost of building cars like the Prius, Toyota's Tom Stricker, VP of technology and regulatory affairs said, but countered that good news with the company's own internal calculations that its cars - and those of competitors, like GM's Volt and Nissan's Leaf - could still end up costing between $2,000 and $4,000 more as subsidies and credits expire and are not reinstated.

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Infiniti EMERG-E First Drive

Infiniti EMERG-E First Drive

As environmentally-friendly concepts go, Nissan's Infiniti EMERG-E is definitely more in the BMW i8 camp of performance first, rather than the meek eco-boxes that can give EVs a bad name, and we've been lucky enough to grab a test drive of one of the two working cars in existence while at Nissan 360. While most concepts look great but can often manage no more than a sluggish roll from delivery trailer to car show stand, the 402HP EMERG-E isn't short on either power or poise. Read on for some first impressions.

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Tesla Model E trademark tips “affordable” EV name

Tesla Model E trademark tips “affordable” EV name

A new Tesla trademark registration for the "Model E" has prompted speculation that the company's much-anticipated low-cost electric car will launch under that name, following the Model S and upcoming Model X crossover. Filed on August 5, the "Model E" application - for "automobiles and structural parts therefor" - comes well in advance of the car expected to bear the name, which Tesla CEO Elon Musk has warned shouldn't be expected until 2016 at the earliest.

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