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Tesla giving new owner free Supercharging credits yearly

Tesla giving new owner free Supercharging credits yearly

An electric vehicle is really only as good as the charging network that supports it. After all, what use is all that energy efficiency and environment friendliness if you run out of charge in the middle of your trip with no charger in sight. That is why Tesla is investing heavily in its Supercharging system, not just in infrastructure and efficiency but also in its accessibility for Tesla EV owners. The latter apparently means giving brand new owners some free kWh every year on the birthday of their car's delivery some free Supercharging credits.

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Here’s the FF 91, Faraday Future’s long-awaited electric vehicle

Here’s the FF 91, Faraday Future’s long-awaited electric vehicle

It's been a long time coming, but Faraday Future has finally taken the stage at CES 2017 to reveal its first electric vehicle, dubbed the FF 91. Ask Faraday senior vice president of engineering Nick Sampson, though, and the FF 91 is more than just a car - it's a "new species," that will be "the world's first ecosystem connected car." There are four different components to that ecosystem, and Sampson took us through each before pulling the veil off the car for the first time.

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Wireless car charging is a step closer to a 2020 launch

Wireless car charging is a step closer to a 2020 launch

Future Chevrolet, Cadillac, and other GM electric cars and plug-in hybrids could soon recharge without needing to be plugged in first, thanks to a wireless charging deal. The agreement, with WiTricity, sees General Motors testing out the wireless power transfer company's latest Drive 11 park-and-charge system with a mind for offering it to EV and plug-in EV owners. If that pans out, future Volt and Bolt EV drivers might no longer have to fiddly with cables and adapters.

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Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight isn’t over (and Standing Rock knows it)

Why the Dakota Access Pipeline fight isn’t over (and Standing Rock knows it)

This week the US Army CoE said they'd stopped the DAPL oil pipeline the same day authorities' Protester Evacuation Deadline was up - quite a coincidence. It should therefore come as no surprise that the thousands of water protectors (or protestors, if you prefer) have not left their camp after a brief celebration in halting construction. If this pipeline does, indeed, remain stopped and incomplete, it'll strike a major blow for both native rights and a future for electric vehicles taking the place of fossil fuel-hungry automobiles.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV configurator reveals fast-charge times and more

Chevrolet Bolt EV configurator reveals fast-charge times and more

Chevrolet's configurator for the Bolt EV has gone live, detailing just what buyers of the all-electric Tesla rival can expect from their new car. Set to go on sale by the end of the year, availability of the Bolt EV will be fairly limited initially. If you're not in the handful of west coast locations where Chevy plans to sell the plug-in, though, you can still play with the configurator.

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Has Tesla’s Supercharger Network finally met its match?

Has Tesla’s Supercharger Network finally met its match?

Tesla's Supercharger network is arguably the jewel in the EV company's crown: without it, after all, cars like the Model S would be far less appealing for everyday transportation. Now, though, a consortium of traditional automakers is partnering up to eclipse Superchargers with a more widespread connector than Tesla's proprietary plug. Including big names like Volkswagen Group, BMW, and Daimler, the joint venture aims to make all-electric long-distance travel a reality, in Europe at least.

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New BMW i3 tipped for 2017

New BMW i3 tipped for 2017

Seeing BMW's compact electric i3 on the road may not yet be an everyday occurrence just yet, but the fact that it first made its debut back in 2012 means that the German manufacturer feels its design is getting a bit old. Proving this point is a new report from German newspaper Welt am Sonntag which says the car maker will be launching a new, redesigned i3 at some point in 2017.

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EV startup Faraday Future puts hold on Nevada production factory

EV startup Faraday Future puts hold on Nevada production factory

While Tesla continues to make progress towards finishing its Nevada-based battery-producing Gigafactory, rival electric car startup Faraday Future is having trouble getting its manufacturing plant even started. While Faraday Future first broke ground on its Nevada facility in April of this year, and continues to tease that its consumer car will begin shipping next year, construction on the production plant has been halted due to financial troubles.

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Surprise! An electric Maserati Alfieri is coming in 2020

Surprise! An electric Maserati Alfieri is coming in 2020

Maserati may have been slow to the electric car party, but going by its freshly-confirmed EV plans it'll make quite a splash. The company has announced that, sure enough, it intends to have an electric vehicle on the roads by 2020, and we now also know what that car will be. Turns out, Maserati has looked to its stunning Alfieri concept coupe for design inspiration.

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This NIO EP9 performance EV wants to be the Tesla of supercars

This NIO EP9 performance EV wants to be the Tesla of supercars

If Tesla publicly demonstrated that electric cars could be just as fast as their gas-powered rivals, then supercar startup NIO plans to thoroughly roast Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche with its EV. Revealed in London, UK today, NIO is the fledgling automotive brand of NextEV, a Chinese company already known for its Formula E racing team. Now, it's taking the same electric performance technology and trying to repackage it for the road.

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Tesla reveals paid Supercharging switch in 2017

Tesla reveals paid Supercharging switch in 2017

Tesla has announced some rather significant changes to the way it operates its network of Superchargers. Thus far, Supercharging stations placed around the world have been offered free of charge to Tesla owners on long distance trips, but that's about to change next year. Tesla has announced that starting in 2017, some Tesla owners will be charged a "small fee" to use these stations.

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Tesla Model S now has an all-glass roof option

Tesla Model S now has an all-glass roof option

Just last week Tesla and SolarCity unveiled their new "Solar Roof" product, which is designed to cover a home's roof in small solar-powered shingles. But now the electric car company has announced a new roof option for the flagship Model S sedan, and it aims to remove all barriers to between passengers and the sky above: an all-glass roof.

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