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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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Tesla Model S outsells Porsche, Jaguar, Buick in California

Tesla Model S outsells Porsche, Jaguar, Buick in California

It would appear that the electric Tesla Model S has come up in California as a vehicle that's not only striking the technology headlines, but the high-rolling sales market as well. According to a recent California New Car Dealers Association report for the first part of 2013, new-vehicle registrations have marked up the Tesla Model S as a dominator in the luxury car category. With a whopping 4,714 Model S vehicles registered in California with this registrar over the first six months of 2013, Tesla takes the cake from other top-dollar automobiles like the Audi A6 (having registered 1,619 vehicles) and the Lexus GS (at 2,298 units for the first half of 2013) - those two entries represent a 10% share of the Luxury and Sports vehicle segment together while the Tesla Model S kicks out 12% on its own.

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Toyota hunts RAV4 EV buyers as eco-SUV sales stall

Toyota hunts RAV4 EV buyers as eco-SUV sales stall

Toyota will cut the cost of financing to boost sales of its electric vehicle range, the company has confirmed, after demand for models like the RAV4 EV proved less enthusiastic than predicted. The Japanese company had aimed to shift 2,600 RAV4 EVs - priced at around $50,000 apiece - by the end of next year, though sales from September 2012 to July 2013 amounted to 709 cars. Toyota isn't alone in struggling to sell its EVs, however, with suggestions that there is a growing "two-tier" market for the low-emission vehicles in which Tesla is leading while others struggle.

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The next Microsoft CEO should be Elon Musk

The next Microsoft CEO should be Elon Musk

There's no better time than now for Microsoft to turn the way they do business on its head - who better to replace retiring CEO Steve Ballmer than entrepreneur extraordinaire Elon Musk? This man has successfully launched an all-electric vehicle, sent a privately-made, privately-powered space vehicle to the International Space Station, and is - as of this week - making a series of hand-gesture-controlled rockets based on concepts shown in the Iron Man film series. Wouldn't Microsoft benefit from the real-life version of Tony Stark?

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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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Hyperloop Alpha: Elon Musks’ high-speed train begins its journey in detail

Hyperloop Alpha: Elon Musks’ high-speed train begins its journey in detail

After a bit of a foot-in-mouth mention of a high-speed transit system between the two ends of the country earlier this year, Elon Musk is today ready to bring a bit more heat to the very real possibility of this Hyperloop system. In a release made through Tesla Motors, Musk suggests that this next-generation system must be faster and cheaper to operate than either our current airplane system or driving a car. It must be, he suggested, far better than any other mode of transport for the journey it's capable of making - a fifth mode of transport.

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Tesla’s Musk won’t build Hyperloop himself

Tesla’s Musk won’t build Hyperloop himself

Tesla's Elon Musk has no plans to build his controversial Hyperloop transportation system, which promised New York to LA travel in just 45 minutes, instead seeing the proposed high-speed project as an "open source" design he hopes others will pick up. Musk made headlines last month when he teased details of the Hyperloop - described as "a cross between a Concorde, a rail gun, and an air hockey table" - but, asked whether Tesla investors could expect a return on the system during the company's financial results call yesterday, admitted that he is too busy with the electric car company and SpaceX to build it himself.

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