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Tesla Motors destroys competition in 1,500-mile race

Tesla Motors destroys competition in 1,500-mile race

This certainly isn't the first electric car rally that has occurred, but the BC2BC-2013 Rally, which took place last week, gave electric cars the opportunity to strut their stuff. Not surprisingly, the Tesla Model S dominated throughout the race, as did the Tesla Roadster, with four Tesla cars finishing in the top 5.

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2013 Ford Fusion Energi test drive: Ford does gamification

2013 Ford Fusion Energi test drive: Ford does gamification

Electric vehicles are becoming all the rage these days, and Ford is looking to make a dent in the market with their own offerings. They have a small variety of hybrid vehicles, but I ended up checking out the 2013 Fusion Energi and giving it a brief test ride around one of Ford’s test tracks at their headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. One of the big features that the company is touting is the inclusion of gamification, which aims to encourage drivers to drive more efficiently on the road by providing a drive score.

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Electric motorcycle beats gas-guzzling rivals at Pikes Peak

Electric motorcycle beats gas-guzzling rivals at Pikes Peak

We're already aware of one record that was broken today, and that was the fastest overall time of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb done by Sebastien Loeb in his Peugeot Sport 208 T16, but as far as motorcycles were concerned, the fastest of the bunch ended up being an all-electric variant, beating out the next-fastest motorcycle by 21 seconds.

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Lola B12/69 EV sets new electric speed record at 204.2mph

Lola B12/69 EV sets new electric speed record at 204.2mph

A new world record for the fastest electric car on the planet has been set by Drayson Racing, who took a Lola B12/69 EV Le Mans race car and topped it out at a quick 204.2mph, beating the previous record of a measly 175mph that was set in 1974 by Battery Box General Electric. Last week, Nissan went 186mph in their Zeod RC hybrid, but the Lola runs on complete electric power.

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Ford “really committed” to hybrid and electric vehicles

Ford “really committed” to hybrid and electric vehicles

Ford CEO Alan Mulally took the stage today during the opening presentation of the company's Further with Ford conference and answered questions about going green and electric vehicles. As for what Ford has planned for its future, Mulally says that the company is "really committed" to electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as alternative fuels.

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Tesla direct sales ban possibly hitting New York

Tesla direct sales ban possibly hitting New York

Following other states in the US, New York is looking to ban direct auto sales in the state, which would prevent Tesla from selling their cars directly in yet another region in the US. It seems New York lawmakers are attempting to quietly get the bill passed through without a lot of attention, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk is already aware of it.

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Chevy Volt sales stall leaves inventory double “healthy” levels

Chevy Volt sales stall leaves inventory double “healthy” levels

Chevrolet's first attempt at a true hybrid vehicle isn't going so well, and the company is boosting incentives just to get the cars rolling off of dealership lots. It turns out that Chevrolet has way too many Volts lying around, mostly due to the fact that Chevrolet is churning them off of the assembly line, but no one is buying them.

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ELF rides the line between car and bicycle for green future

ELF rides the line between car and bicycle for green future

The company known as Organic Transit has made an effort this year to show off a vehicle known as ELF, letting it be seen for the first time at the international technology trade fair known as CeBIT. This machine is made to fill a previously un-touched niche between car and bicycle, made to work with users hoping to make their short commutes as easy as possible.

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Tesla aims for low-cost electric cars as CEO discusses climate change

Tesla aims for low-cost electric cars as CEO discusses climate change

Tesla's current and only production electric car, the Model S, isn't exactly cheap. It starts at just over $60,000, which most middle class people wouldn't even bother to purchase. Of course, there's always options from Nissan, Toyota, and Chevrolet that are a bit cheaper, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that these cheaper electric cars aren't all that great.

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Solar Impulse: interviewing a man on an 18-hour solar-powered flight

Solar Impulse: interviewing a man on an 18-hour solar-powered flight

This week CEO of Solar Impulse André Borschberg is piloting a solar-powered airplane from Phoenix Arizona to Dallas Texas in a record-breaking 18 hour flight. SlashGear got the rare opportunity to participate in this flight earlier today in an interview with Borschberg while he flew over Highway 85. This was an in-flight interview done from a Samsung Galaxy Note II to Solar Impulse's base station and up with a satellite connection to the plane.

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Machine prints 33-feet of solar cells per minute

Machine prints 33-feet of solar cells per minute

There's are a variety of alternative sources of energy out there that break away from the traditional, environment-dampening methods used, some of them better tailored to certain locations than others. Solar power is one such source, and Australia is a prime location for such technology, offering many bright and sunny days. One of the biggest problems with solar power has been its cost, which may be changing in the near future thanks to a machine that prints a solar cell every 2 seconds.

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Elon Musk drops hints about future Tesla BMW 3-series competitor

Elon Musk drops hints about future Tesla BMW 3-series competitor

Tesla has hit an undeniable home run with this Model S electric vehicle, despite the car's high cost. Tesla has created an attractive electric vehicle with an impressively long driving range that has wowed drivers and reviewers alike. The only downside to the vehicle is that a well-equipped version runs and the $100,000 range.

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