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Tesla home batteries coming to hoard renewable energy

Tesla home batteries coming to hoard renewable energy

Tesla's next product may not have an "insane mode" but the home battery pack CEO Elon Musk has revealed is in the pipeline could make more of a difference than its pricey electric sedans. Speaking during the Tesla investor call, Musk said that he expected the new batteries to be officially revealed in the "next month or two" and then hit production potentially mid-year. And, while in a performance car like the Model S P85D the idea is to get the power from the batteries to the road as swiftly as possible, the real merit of Tesla's home battery packs will be in how they can hoard electricity.

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Chevrolet commits to building Bolt EV for the everyman

Chevrolet commits to building Bolt EV for the everyman

Chevrolet will indeed make a production version of its eye-catchingly orange Bolt EV concept, the car firm has confirmed today, promising to fast-track the all-electric compact with a $30k target price. Revealed alongside the 2016 Chevrolet Bolt back at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the Bolt EV concept ditches the range-extending engine of its bigger sibling in favor of sufficient battery power for around 200 miles of range, at least according to GM's calculations. The goal is to get the jump on Tesla's Model 3, which is widely expected to make affordable pure-electric EVs not only more attainable but - importantly - more appealing, too.

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NanoFlowcell Quant F electric sports car to premiere in Geneva

NanoFlowcell Quant F electric sports car to premiere in Geneva

At the Geneva auto show last year, Quant showed off the e-Sportlimousine and the company will be back at the show this year with another interesting electric car. This time out it's no limo, the car the company will be showing off is the Quant F sports car. The Quant F is set to make its world debut at the show and is a completely redesigned and re-engineer version of the Quant E.

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Tesla sets bold 55k EV goal for 2015

Tesla sets bold 55k EV goal for 2015

Tesla bested its own production records in Q4 2014 but then stumbled at actually delivering cars, including the new "insane mode" toting Model S P85D, dipping in profit and revenue but still promising big things for 2015. 11,627 cars came off the end of the Model S production line, Tesla said today, but a variety of problems - ranging from customers being on vacation, through bad weather, and even issues "with actual ships" - meant almost 1,800 of them failed to reach their buyers. While Tesla reached its 35k production goal for 2014, Elon Musk & Co. have set even more ambitious targets for the coming months, aiming for 55,000 cars in 2015.

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Chevrolet Bolt affordable EV tipped for late-2016 launch

Chevrolet Bolt affordable EV tipped for late-2016 launch

Chevrolet may have insisted the Bolt EV was a concept when it pulled the wraps off the compact car in Detroit last month, but according to new rumors we won't have that long to wait for a production version. Slotting in underneath the Chevy Volt in both size and range, the concept was designed, according to GM president Mary Barra, to satisfy markets outside of just California, which has been the most enthusiastic to embrace electric and hybrid technology so far. Now, new rumors say production is likely to kick off late next year.

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Driving Toyota i-ROAD: Crazy tilt meets genius strategy

Driving Toyota i-ROAD: Crazy tilt meets genius strategy

Who says electric cars have to be boring? Toyota's Prius may be poster child for the eco-pious, but its i-ROAD tilting trike shows there's still potential for madness in the EV. SlashGear is no stranger to the i-ROAD, and in fact we've driven earlier prototypes over in Japan before now. They're less commonly found in the US, however, but Makoto Morita, Grand Master of the Product Planning Division and lead of the i-ROAD project brought a handful with him to test the waters among potential American drivers.

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Kia takes Tesla route with e-AWD Soul EV concept tease

Kia takes Tesla route with e-AWD Soul EV concept tease

Electric cars may most commonly be found scooting around cities, but Kia has more rugged adventures planned for its new all-wheel-drive EV concept, set to be revealed next month. The unnamed off-roader will preview what Kia is calling an e-AWD powertrain, targeting the sort of athletic, outdoorsy-sorts that car manufacturers love to cite when they throw big bumpers and chunky tires on a concept. Going by the cropped photo Kia has released, however, it seems it's the Soul that has provided the core DNA for the new car, and in particular the electric version that turned up in showrooms late last year.

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Toyota looks beyond bigger batteries for EV range boost

Toyota looks beyond bigger batteries for EV range boost

Electric and hybrid cars may be waiting on improved battery technology to squash driver range anxiety, but Toyota believes it may have a wildcard in the meantime. The company is rolling out two new prototypes for real-world testing in Japan, each switching in new silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors that could take a big bite out of the 20-percent of electrical power loss traditional components are responsible for. The technology in the two vehicles - a Toyota Camry and a fuel cell bus - could end up in production cars sooner rather than later, Toyota promises.

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Tesla caught testing, but is this Model X or Model 3?

Tesla caught testing, but is this Model X or Model 3?

The launch of Tesla's Model X may have been pushed back until later in 2015, but someone is apparently getting to enjoy how the electric SUV launches from a standing start. A case of "right place, right time" saw Juan del Real catch the camouflaged car undergoing testing in Alameda, California, hooning up and down a runway as some lucky driver got to put the EV powertrain - and the prototype's brakes - through their paces. However, there's also speculation that what we're seeing is no Model X, and could in fact be something much more interesting: Tesla's upcoming "affordable" EV, the Model 3.

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Zboard 2 electric skateboard has up to 24 mile range per charge

Zboard 2 electric skateboard has up to 24 mile range per charge

Anywhere you go you will likely see someone riding a skateboard. Lots of people use them for fun and to get from one place to another. A new electric skateboard called the Zboard 2 has landed and it is offered in two versions, the Zboard 2 Blue and the Zboard 2 Pearl. Zboard 2 has 500W brushless motors that make it faster, more powerful, and more efficient than previous Zboard models.

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Grunt versus Green: Detroit shows an auto industry torn

Grunt versus Green: Detroit shows an auto industry torn

Not everything on four wheels is created equal, and while the Detroit Auto Show had its fair share of eco-mindful cars this week, the industry still couldn’t resist some heavy duty muscle. Cars like the new Chevrolet Volt and its baby - and currently only conceptual - brother, the Bolt, showed GM isn’t giving up on plug-in hybrid and range-extended cars. Its efforts were arguably overshadowed with the reveals of Ford’s GT and Acura’s NSX, however, along with a brace of new, luxury vehicles that gave only minor nods to the environment, if at all.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept: 200 miles for $30k

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept: 200 miles for $30k

Chevrolet's new 2016 Volt wasn't the only EV the company had to show at the opening of the Detroit Auto Show today, with a new Bolt EV Concept previewing a more affordable version of the car. Dubbed the EV for not just California, but the remaining 49 states in the US - as well as "select locations" further afield - the Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept previews a roughly $30,000 car with the same battery pack and range-extending drivetrain technology as featured in the 2016 Volt.

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