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Tesla pledges patent openness to boost EV market

Tesla pledges patent openness to boost EV market

Tesla is opening up its electric vehicle technology, promising not to sue anybody who uses its patented tech in the hope of spurring greater adoption of eco-friendly drivetrains after becoming disillusioned with traditional car companies. The EV upstart originally believed it would need to protect its R&D out of concern that its competition would steal it, founder and CEO Elon Musk said today, but in fact has found that the mainstays of the car industry have been sluggish to even consider electric cars.

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Samsung and Ford reveal next-gen car batteries

Samsung and Ford reveal next-gen car batteries

Ford and Samsung SDI have revealed the fruits of a decade of car battery research, with a new ultra-lightweight li-ion battery concept that could end up 40-percent lighter than nickel-metal-hydride packs many hybrids and EVs currently use. Meanwhile, there's also a new dual-battery system which could deliver hybrid-style regenerative braking on regular cars.

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Tesla’s 100th Supercharger opens for Model S

Tesla’s 100th Supercharger opens for Model S

Tesla has opened its 100th Supercharger, adding to its network of free recharging points for the Model S, with the end goal of creating a huge infrastructure for electric cars to roam without range-anxiety. The latest milestone means Tesla now has 86 Superchargers spread across North America, along with 17 in Europe, and two in China.

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Fiat boss: Don’t buy my 500e EV

Fiat boss: Don’t buy my 500e EV

Fiat's 500e electric car was never going to be a volume seller, but Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is apparently doing his best to make it even less popular, telling would-be buyers he'd actually prefer them to skip the battery-powered vehicle. The blunt boss criticized the US regulations that force car companies to develop EVs, arguing that the value drivers and the government place on such cars simply don't line up with what it costs Fiat Chrysler to make them.

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This is how BMW will sell you an i8 supercar

This is how BMW will sell you an i8 supercar

Selling an expensive electric supercar can be a difficult business, assuming you're not Tesla that is, and so BMW is leaving nothing to chance with the i8. A new campaign trying to instill EVs with the same sort of drama as gearheads expect from gas powered engines will kick off this month, directed by Gus Van Sant and edited by Fight Club editor Angus Wall.

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Tesla beats Q1 EV goals: Ramps for 2015’s Model X

Tesla beats Q1 EV goals: Ramps for 2015’s Model X

Tesla delivered 6,457 Model S EVs in its first 2014 quarter, and produced 7,535, as the company ramps up to deliver right-hand drive cars from June and continues working on the delayed Model X SUV. Elon Musk's car firm saw a non-GAAP income of $17m (GAAP loss of $50m) and expects to deliver more than 35,000 vehicles in 2014.

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BMW i Solar Carport Concept powers i8 and home

BMW i Solar Carport Concept powers i8 and home

Plugging in an electric car to recharge often happens in the dark confines of a garage, but BMW wants to brings its u3 and i8 EV range into the light with a new BMW i Solar Carport Concept. Mounting translucent solar panels on top of a bamboo frame - the wood picked for its rapid regrowth - the carport could be entirely off-grid, BMW claims, though you'd obviously need to get enough sun.

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Philips SlimStyle LED bulbs get nod for energy company cuts

Philips SlimStyle LED bulbs get nod for energy company cuts

Philips' low-cost SlimStyle LED lightbulb will be offered as low as $1.97 after getting ENERGY STAR certification and thus qualifying for rebates from select energy companies across the US. The 60W-equivalent flattened bulb, announced back in December, is currently around $8.97, but that could be reduced considerably depending on where they are in the US.

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Apple marks Earth Day 2014 with Tim Cook “Better” eco-video

Apple marks Earth Day 2014 with Tim Cook “Better” eco-video

Apple has relaunched its Environmental Responsibility hub on Earth Day 2014, renewing attention on its materials selection, the impact of climate change, and how it is sourcing energy for new projects like the Yerington, Nevada data center from solar farms. The company also has a new video, filmed at different Apple locations around the world and narrated by CEO Tim Cook, in which the chief exec discusses the "big responsibility to leave a smaller footprint."

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Tesla targets EVs for business with lease expansion

Tesla targets EVs for business with lease expansion

Tesla is aiming to push the Model S into businesses, announcing lease plans for companies wanting an EV in their parking lot, though as with the car firm's previous financing deals there's some juggling to be done with the numbers. The headline figure Tesla has gone with is $408 a month, however that takes into account not only business tax benefits, but an estimated fuel saving, without which the recurring fee would be much higher.

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BMW i8 will force fake engine noise and howl at pedestrians

BMW i8 will force fake engine noise and howl at pedestrians

BMW's i8 supercar may run on electricity but that doesn't mean the Germany marque has forgotten about aural performance: both inside and out. A new video showing how the i8 performs in Sport Mode - which you can see after the cut - shows that not only is the speed there, with the BMW doing 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds, but it makes a pretty distinctive noise while it does it, despite only having a very small gasoline engine.

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Crazy Toyota i-Road hits Tokyo for tilting urban trial

Crazy Toyota i-Road hits Tokyo for tilting urban trial

Toyota has dispatched a small fleet of its i-Road electric "personal mobility vehicles" into public testing, the first of a multi-city trial to see just how practical tiny tilting three-wheelers could be for urban users. The i-Road, announced last year, will show up on Tokyo streets first, with ten of the 300kg two-seaters having been specially modified from the initial version we tried in Japan recently.

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