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Writing for SlashGear since 2006, Chris Davies is executive editor and is responsible for shaping the editorial direction of the site. With a remit that covers everything from consumer technology to automotive, through autonomous vehicles, the smart home, and cutting-edge science, Chris' primary focus is sharing the news that matters and bringing a distinctive, independent, and trustworthy voice to testing and reviews. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

The 2022 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid surprised me

The 2022 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid surprised me

Selling patience as a virtue to the super-rich who make up Bentley's clientele seems like a challenge even for the etiquette-schooled British automaker, but with the promised shift to full electrification still a few years out, it's cars like the new 2022 Flying Spur Hybrid which will bridge gasoline and green. Eventually, Bentley plans to retire its V8 and W12 gas engines altogether but, until that happens, the third addition to the Flying Spur line-up offers a taste of what's to come.

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Bollinger has bad news for B1 and B2 EV reservation holders

Bollinger has bad news for B1 and B2 EV reservation holders

Bad news if you wanted one of Bollinger Motors' all-electric B1 SUVs or B2 pickups, with word today that the EV startup is shelving its consumer vehicle roadmap. Announced back in 2017, the Bollinger B1 was to be a marriage of classic Land Rover-inspired styling with a modern electric drivetrain, though - it was later revealed - that matrimony wasn't going to come cheap.

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Driving the 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL made me question the future

Driving the 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL made me question the future

The cynic might say that anything gets branded "an icon" if it makes the auto industry enough money, but the Mercedes-Benz SL deserves the halo more than most. Boasting legitimate racing heritage, star connections, and true luxury bonafides, the SL has set trends more often than following them. For the 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL, though, the automaker's tuning division has taken the wheel completely, and that's not the only upending of tradition.

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Rode VideoMic GO II adds USB-C to vlogger-favorite microphone

Rode VideoMic GO II adds USB-C to vlogger-favorite microphone

Not for nothing has Rode's VideoMic GO become a popular favorite among bloggers, podcasters, and others looking for decent audio quality without a wild price tag. Compact, affordable, and flexible, it plays just as nicely with a smartphone as it does a camera or a laptop. Now, it's getting an upgrade courtesy of some features Rode borrowed from more expensive models like the VideoMic NTG.

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GM Ultra Cruise reveals the brain of its hands-free door-to-door driving tech

GM Ultra Cruise reveals the brain of its hands-free door-to-door driving tech

GM has revealed the brain for Ultra Cruise, its upcoming door-to-door hands-free driving system, which the automaker aims to have in dealerships by 2023. Announced in October 2021, Ultra Cruise builds on the Super Cruise system already offered on select Cadillac, GMC, and other models, expanding the hands-off system to a claimed 95% of all driving scenarios.

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VW’s production electric Microbus finally sets its big reveal date

VW’s production electric Microbus finally sets its big reveal date

Volkswagen's hotly-anticipated ID. Buzz microbus EV will make its public debut on March 9, 2022, the automaker has confirmed today. One of the earliest concepts VW used to demonstrate the flexibility of the MEB platform for all-electric vehicles, the ID. Buzz brought the 60s favorite into the 21st century with a zero-emissions drivetrain.

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SlashGear’s Best of CES 2022

SlashGear’s Best of CES 2022

Nobody knew quite what to expect from CES 2022 but, even for the most part virtual, the Consumer Electronics Show has had its fair share of big news. TVs, cars, laptops, and the smart home all featured strongly this year, often with a nod to green technology and a new era where we're spending more of our time at home. They're themes that have unsurprisingly helped shape our annual Best of CES list.

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A $30,000 Chevrolet Equinox EV SUV is coming

A $30,000 Chevrolet Equinox EV SUV is coming

Forget the six-figure Silverado EV: the most exciting upcoming electric Chevrolet could be a far more attainable pair of SUVs. The automaker accompanied its electric pickup news at CES 2022 today with the confirmation that an Chevrolet Equinox EV SUV is coming, along with a larger Chevrolet Blazer EV SUV.

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Cadillac InnerSpace concept teases the road to electric sports cars

Cadillac InnerSpace concept teases the road to electric sports cars

Cadillac may not have an electric pickup to show at CES 2022 - but hey, let's not count anything out - but it does have a strange concept car of its own. The Cadillac InnerSpace joins the automaker's Halo Concept Portfolio as another vision of what future electrification and self-driving tech might bring, though it's how it implements GM Ultium that could be most intriguing.

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BMW’s color-changing car is no gimmick

BMW’s color-changing car is no gimmick

Color-changing cars may sound like James Bond stealth tech, but BMW has brought the real thing along to CES 2022. The BMW iX Flow featuring E Ink looks, at first glance, like the automaker's iX all-electric SUV, but it's covered with a skin of e-paper that at the flick of a switch can change dark to light.

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BMW Theatre Screen is a wild 31-inch 8K display for the car

BMW Theatre Screen is a wild 31-inch 8K display for the car

BMW may have shown us some controversial exterior designs in recent years, but the automaker has an upgrade for your eyes and ears inside at CES 2022 this week. For those in the rear, BMW Theatre Screen previews a vast, 8K display that could turn the cabin into a personal cinema on wheels. Meanwhile, a collaboration with Hans Zimmer brings a new EV soundtrack called BMW IconicSounds Electric to new models like the i4 and iX.

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This is the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV pickup

This is the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV pickup

Chevrolet has revealed its first all-electric pickup, wading into the growing EV truck segment with the 2024 Silverado EV aiming to take on Ford's F-150 Lightning. When it arrives in 2023, the new Silverado EV will be based on GM's Ultium platform, capable of around 400 miles of driving - model depending - on a charge, and include unusual flexibility features like a Multi-Flex Midgate that allows the bed to extend into the cabin for hauling longer items.

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