Automotive

Maserati says it will begin producing an electric model by 2020

Maserati says it will begin producing an electric model by 2020

Italy's Maserati is one of a handful of luxury car makers that has been talking about jumping on the all-electric model bandwagon for a while now, but it looks like the Fiat Chrysler (FCA) brand is finally ready to commit. Maserati engineering head Roberto Fedeli told Car & Driver in an interview that they are planning to reveal their first EV by 2019 at the earliest, with production to start in 2020, and that the model would probably be a grand-touring coupe.

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VelociRaptor 6×6 concept can be yours for $295,000

VelociRaptor 6×6 concept can be yours for $295,000

The Standard Ford Raptor truck is a beast on its own, but if you want much, much more than what the factory can offer, you need to take your ride to Hennessey. The Hennessey crew can take a normal Raptor and turn it into the VelociRaptor 6x6 you see here. The price for the transformation is $295,000 and the money does include the base 2017 Raptor 4-door truck.

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Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition sheds 26kg

Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition sheds 26kg

Lotus has unveiled a new special edition version of the Exige 350 called the Exige 350 Special Edition. This special edition was whipped up to celebrate 50 years and Hethel. The Exige 350 special edition is based on the standard Exige Sport 350, but it has shed some weight in the effort to maximize performance.

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California will let autonomous cars without steering wheels or humans begin testing

California will let autonomous cars without steering wheels or humans begin testing

Self-driving cars have been testing on open road for quite some time now, albeit every one has a human backup driver inside that can take control the moment the need arises. In California, arguably the home of autonomous driving tech, that could soon change. The state's Governor Jerry Brown approved a bill late last week that allows limited testing for autonomous vehicles with backup drivers or manual controls of any kind.

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GLM G4 is Japan’s Tesla-rivaling EV sports car

GLM G4 is Japan’s Tesla-rivaling EV sports car

The 2016 Paris Motor Show is currently underway, and so far we've seen several of the futuristic, high-tech EV concepts from car makers like Volkswagen and Mercedes, not to mention standard model announcements from the likes of Honda and Audi. But there's also some unexpected surprises, like the GLM G4 concept, a 500-plus horsepower sports sedan with an electric platform from Japan. In fact, Green Lord Motors (GLM) is often referred to as the 'Tesla of Japan,' and it's clear it takes the nickname to heart.

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Mercedes Generation EQ interior UX first impressions

Mercedes Generation EQ interior UX first impressions

This week at the Paris Auto Show, we got the opportunity to get up close and personal with the future of Mercedes-Benz' newest in electric vehicle technology. The company has just introduced their brand new EQ system, as we've outlined earlier this week, and now we're being given a tour of the interior of the first concept vehicle to embody this system at its core. This is the Generation EQ, a concept vehicle that's super futuristic in both aesthetics and interface.

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This is the BMW Concept X2

This is the BMW Concept X2

This week the folks at BMW have revealed one of the most unique-looking concept vehicles of the show in the BMW Concept X2. This vehicle is being premiered alongside the and the BMW i3 (with increased range and improved battery) as well as the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The BMW Concept X2 is a compact vehicle, made to show off BMW's chops in coupe-making and in making a fine looking vehicle that combines futuristic elements with today's popular urban stylings.

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Modified Tesla Model S hearse offers EV ride to the afterlife

Modified Tesla Model S hearse offers EV ride to the afterlife

Do you really, really like electric cars? And by that I mean do you believe it's past time all mass-market cars abandon the combustion engine? Well, when the time finally comes for you to depart this world, take comfort in the fact that your remains can take their final car ride in an all-electric hearse made from a modified Tesla Model S.

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HERE maps to offer traffic services crowdsourced from cars

HERE maps to offer traffic services crowdsourced from cars

The most recent models of cars these days are equipped with all kinds of sensors, and yet traffic services still mostly rely on just one source of data: GPS probe data. HERE, the map making service formerly owned by Nokia and now owned by a consortium of three German car makers, is aiming to change that with four new services of its own. Falling under the collective HERE Open Location Platform, the services will pool data gathered from the sensors of different cars. And these cars won’t even have to come from the same brand.

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2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo MSRP starts at $174,990

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo MSRP starts at $174,990

Nissan has announced the official starting price of the 2017 GT-R Nismo and it's very far from an affordable car. In fact, if you take the $174,990 price tag for the GT-R Nismo and then add another $1,000 to it, you could own a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The new Nismo GT-R packs in 600hp via a twin-turbo 3.8L V6 engine.

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Smart will offer EV option on every car model in 2017

Smart will offer EV option on every car model in 2017

Smart, the Mercedes-Benz-owned maker of those really tiny Fortwo city cars, is a manufacturer that you think would have gone all-electric some time ago. While that hasn't been the case, the company is making a big move in that direction later this year. Starting with the 2017 model year, all of Smart's vehicles will come with the option of an electric version.

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Google self-driving car suffers its worst accident, still the human driver’s fault

Google self-driving car suffers its worst accident, still the human driver’s fault

Google's self-driving Lexus 450h SUVs getting in minor accidents is not a new thing, but the latest incident appears to be the worst one yet. The vehicle sustained serious damage after it was hit directly on its right side by another car when it entered an intersection in Mountain View, California on Friday afternoon. The Google car was in autonomous mode at the time, but with a human behind the wheel, and thankfully there were no injuries to either party.

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