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Toyota i-Road first-drive experience

Toyota i-Road first-drive experience

Toyota has been showing the i-Road three-wheel electric concept vehicle here at CES 2014. This may be the first time many have seen this concept, however it was actually introduced nearly a year earlier at the Geneva Auto Show in Tokyo, where SlashGear was first allowed to get behind the wheel. While it may only be a concept today, and one that's highly unlikely to make it to the US market, the technology and overall setup are still more than interesting as a leaning, all-EV approach to urban mobility. Read on for our full drive report!

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Toyota: Fuel-cell cars in 2015, and infrastructure needs may surprise you

Toyota: Fuel-cell cars in 2015, and infrastructure needs may surprise you

Toyota will launch its fuel-cell car in 2015, the company confirmed at CES 2014 today, along with some perhaps surprising statistics on just how many hydrogen recharging stations might be necessary in order to sustain a public roll-out. The final fuel-cell car won't be named and production volumes detailed until later in 2014, but Toyota says that it will initially launch in California, where independent research suggests that just 68 refueling sites would be needed across San Francisco and Silicon Valey, LA, Orange, and San Diego county.

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BMW and Toyota team on sports car collaboration

BMW and Toyota team on sports car collaboration

BMW and Toyota will build a collaborative platform for sports cars, having completed a year-long feasibility study into the possible team effort, though the resulting car from each brand will be "authentic" BMW's development chief has insisted. The possibility of the "joint architecture" was part of the German and Japanese companies' January 2013 partnership on lithium-air batteries and more, though there's no telling when the first models to use the shared platform will hit forecourts.

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Toyota adopts WiTricity wireless EV charging for 2014 trial

Toyota adopts WiTricity wireless EV charging for 2014 trial

Toyota has picked a wireless charging system for its upcoming hybrid and EV cars, adopting WiTricity ahead of formal trials of the technology beginning in 2014. Set to appear on the next-gen Prius and other eco-friendly cars from Toyota, the company confirmed to us back in August, the system will allow drivers to recharge their car batteries simply by parking on top of a special electromagnetic-resonant transmitters that could take the form of simple mats or be embedded into parking spaces.

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Lexus LF-NX Turbo luxury crossover rolls out with sharp, bold design

Lexus LF-NX Turbo luxury crossover rolls out with sharp, bold design

We've got a look at more than a few cars today at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, among them being another Lexus offering, the RC coupe. Also introduced by the luxury auto maker was the Lexus LF-NX Turbo, a new version of the LF-NX HV concept that made an appearance back at the Frankfurt Motor Show. With the Turbo comes an outstanding eye-catching exterior and what Lexus says is an urban-centric compact premium crossover design.

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Lexus RC coupe introduced at Tokyo Motor Show 2013

Lexus RC coupe introduced at Tokyo Motor Show 2013

We're on the ground floor here at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013, where Lexus has just introduced its new RC coupe, a snazzy red beast that is slated to launch next year. Unlike some other models, the RC coupe is its own standalone offering rather than being a derivative of an existing two-door sedan, and builds upon some changes Lexus kicked off with its IS sport sedan and GS mid-size sedan.

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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