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Tesla puts out media fire with safety facts, upgrades, warranty extension

Tesla puts out media fire with safety facts, upgrades, warranty extension

Tesla head Elon Musk has posted a missive to us in the media, who have as a group led consumers to believe the electronic vehicle brand is more fire-prone than gas-powered vehicles. The facts support Musk's claims that Tesla is far and away the safest car brand on the road today. Yet the company is taking matters further by pushing over-the-air software upgrades to the Tesla suspension system and a warranty extension covering fire damage even when the accident is the driver's fault.

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Porsche 918 Hybrid final tuning squeezes out more performance

Porsche 918 Hybrid final tuning squeezes out more performance

The first time Porsche announced that its slick hybrid supercar called the 918 Spyder would be going into production was back in 2010. Since that announcement, all of the details on the 918 Spyder have been unveiled and the car will soon be available to purchase for the wealthy sports car fan. Porsche has recently announced that its final tuning for the car has squeezed out even more performance.

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Tesla Model S priced up for UK launch as Elon Musk teases EV truck again

Tesla Model S priced up for UK launch as Elon Musk teases EV truck again

Tesla has announced UK pricing and availability for the Model S, opening its first showroom in the country, as CEO Elon Musk reawakens chatter of a future Tesla truck. The right hand drive version of the Model S will start at £49,900 for the 60 kWh model with roughly a 240 mile range, Tesla said today, while the Model S 85 kWh version, with a 310 mile range and 60HP more, will start from £57,300. They'll also be offered alongside the P85 performance version, though deliveries of all three aren't expected to begin in the UK for another 6-7 months.

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Third Tesla fire prompts battery safety inquiry demands

Third Tesla fire prompts battery safety inquiry demands

A third fire involving Tesla's Model S has prompted renewed calls for a full investigation into the electric car's safety, after the award-winning EV caught alight following a crash earlier this week. The incident, in Smyrna, Tennessee, saw the Model S hit a tow hitch in the middle of a lane on the highway, a spokesperson from Highway Patrol told Bloomberg, in the process "damaging the car’s undercarriage and causing the fire."

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Tesla low-cost EV plans teased as 3rd-gen platform work starts 2014

Tesla low-cost EV plans teased as 3rd-gen platform work starts 2014

Tesla's more affordable, third-generation cars will begin development next year, the company's chief designer has confirmed, describing the upcoming BMW 3-Series rival as "more expressive" than the award-winning Model S. Former VW, Mazda, and GM designer Franz von Holzhausen was playing Tesla's cards close to his chest when he spoke to Gigaom this week, saying the unnamed new car - known in some quarters by its "BlueStar" codename - would be "as cool as anything we've done today and better."

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Zero Motorcycles 2014 lineup offers up to 171 mile range

Zero Motorcycles 2014 lineup offers up to 171 mile range

Zero Motorcycles is a company that produces motorcycles powered by electricity that produce no emissions. Zero also made the first motorcycle that is controllable via a smartphone application. The company has unveiled its 2014 model line that features a new Z-Force Power Tank accessory that allows riders to go up to 171 miles in the city or 88 miles on the highway per charge. The accessory allows buyers to increase energy storage capacity before or after the purchase.

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Small UK city to install 100 self-driving pod cars

Small UK city to install 100 self-driving pod cars

Autonomous vehicles are something that will certainly become common in the future. Many automotive manufacturers are already working on autonomous vehicle technology and some of that technology is in use of vehicles driving the roads today. A small city north of London called Milton Keynes has announced that it plans to make a significant move into autonomous transportation.

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Zero-emission cars get 8 state commitment but charging shortage pinches

Zero-emission cars get 8 state commitment but charging shortage pinches

A push to increase zero-emission cars has seen eight US states set ambitious targets of 3.3m EVs and plug-in hybrids on the roads by 2025, an exponential increase on today's numbers, with collaborative infrastructure development near the top of the priority list. The pact, signed by California, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont, aims to consolidate pro-EV legislation, public charger roll-out, and other elements, "to make it easier for customers to operate and use zero-emission vehicles" according to California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols. However, auto makers have already warned that waning subsidies and tax credits could see the cost of zero-emission vehicles rise by up to $4,000.

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Tesla to accelerate rollout of Supercharger network in Germany

Tesla to accelerate rollout of Supercharger network in Germany

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently traveled to Germany where he talked about accelerating the rollout of the Tesla supercharger electric vehicle charging network around the country. Tesla has already rolled out its supercharger network in some areas of the US and is targeting five-minute recharges for its Model S electric vehicle. The announcement comes as deliveries for the Tesla Model S in Germany begin to increase.

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