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‘2 or 3’ more Tesla Gigafactories coming to the US, says Musk

‘2 or 3’ more Tesla Gigafactories coming to the US, says Musk

Demand for Tesla's new Model 3 sedan is already at an all-time high, meaning their Gigafactory, the huge Nevada facility where Tesla mass produces batteries for their electric vehicles and Powerpack storage systems, is going to be very busy for the foreseeable future. But while the first Gigafactory isn't even completed yet, CEO Elon Musk says they already have plans to build "2 or 3" additional facilities in the US.

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Faraday Future’s FF91 sets new EV record at Pikes Peak

Faraday Future’s FF91 sets new EV record at Pikes Peak

While Faraday Future's — errr, future — remains in question, what with the fleeing executives and uncertain unveilings at CES, the company's all-electric FF91 prototype not only made it to the top of the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado earlier this week, but it set a new record time for its vehicle class. This marks one of the first times the FF91 has been seen in a real-world, uncontrolled environment, and making it the 12.4-mile, 156-turn Pikes Peak course was certainly a challenge.

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Nissan teases next-gen Leaf for September 6 reveal

Nissan teases next-gen Leaf for September 6 reveal

The look and tech behind Nissan's all-electric Leaf is starting to look a little long in the tooth, but in a few short months the Japanese car maker will be revealing a new next-generation model of the hatchback. Nissan took to Twitter on Friday to say that the new Leaf would premiere on September 6th, as well as share a small teaser image.

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Tesla looks to begin car manufacturing in China

Tesla looks to begin car manufacturing in China

Tesla is interested in opening a factory in China to begin building its all-electric vehicles in the country, the company revealed this week. But before fans of American manufacturing start getting worried, know that this isn't about Tesla looking for a cheaper workforce or anything like that. Instead the car maker is looking to improve its appeal among buyers by making the vehicles more affordable for the local market.

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Tesla gives all existing owners free Supercharger use, as well as new referrals

Tesla gives all existing owners free Supercharger use, as well as new referrals

Back in January electric car maker Tesla announced that it was bringing an end to the free unlimited Supercharger use perk for new buyers. Anyone who purchased a Tesla after January 15th would get 400 kWh of Supercharger credit per year, but after that they would need to pay to charge up their car while away from home. Fortunately those who did buy a Tesla after that cutoff date are in for a nice surprise: the company is retroactively giving all existing owners free Supercharger use.

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Renault Kangaroo Z.E. charges wirelessly while running at 100 kph

Renault Kangaroo Z.E. charges wirelessly while running at 100 kph

Some car makers are already announcing the death of diesel engines and their replacement by electric ones. As ideal as that might be from an economy and environment perspective, it's still an untenable future, mostly because of problems with the ubiquity and spread of charging stations. If all goes well with this new development, however, that may no longer be a problem at all. Renault, Qualcomm, and Vedecom have successfully demonstrated a Kangaroo Z.E. that was able to charge wirelessly up to 20 kw, even while traveling at speeds of or more than 100 kilometers per hour.

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Tesla rolls out automatic emergency braking for AP2 cars

Tesla rolls out automatic emergency braking for AP2 cars

If you're a Tesla owner, you might have noticed an update this past week that adds limited use of automatic emergency braking (AEB), a safety feature that was first announced some six months ago. The roll-out of the feature came just ahead of Consumer Reports lowering their scores of the Model S and Model X vehicles, specifically citing the absence of the AEB as their justification.

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Tesla ending production of Model S 60 kWh

Tesla ending production of Model S 60 kWh

If you're desperate to own a Tesla, on a budget, and can't wait for the Model 3's scheduled release later this year, you better act fast. The iconic electric car-maker has revealed that it's discontinuing the Model S that comes with a 60 kilowatt-hour battery, in other words its cheapest vehicle currently available. The Model S 60kWh has a starting price of $68,000, but once this goes away the lowest-priced option will be the 75kWh version for $74,500 before any tax incentives.

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Tesla Model 3 prototype seen driving on California streets

Tesla Model 3 prototype seen driving on California streets

Tesla recently revealed that its upcoming Model 3 sedan will finally enter limited production later this summer, with full production to begin this fall. That means it will likely be quite some time before you start seeing Tesla's most affordable vehicle on your local streets, let along get to drive one yourself. But if you live in a certain part of California, you might just spot a prototype roaming around on a sunny afternoon.

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Smart yanks gas ForTwo in US and Canada to focus on electric car

Smart yanks gas ForTwo in US and Canada to focus on electric car

Smart plans to axe its gas-powered ForTwo city car in North America, and focus entirely on the plug-in electric version of the two-seater. The news was communicated to dealers this week, notifying them that, as part of the Mercedes-Benz sub-brand's focus on electrification moving forward, the model year 2017 ForTwo would be the last gasoline engined version offered in the US and Canada. That, Smart said, is a reflection of "challenges" in the super-compact's segment.

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Tesla Supercharge map now shows real-time occupancy

Tesla Supercharge map now shows real-time occupancy

Electric cars, just like their diesel counterparts, need to have enough energy reserves to make it through a drive. Unlike their diesel counterparts, however, EV owners have a harder time finding available charging spots. While gas stations are a dime a dozen, charging stations, even Tesla's Superchargers, are still comparatively fewer. To add insult to injury, you can never know if there's actually a slot left for you until you're actually there. At least until now. Tesla owners have reported that, finally, the in-vehicle map now shows, in real-time, whether the Supercharging station you're looking at has any vacancy left.

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Morgan EV3 Junior offers kids a different kind of thrill

Morgan EV3 Junior offers kids a different kind of thrill

Who said energy-efficient, environment-friendly cars are for big people only? Definitely not Morgan Motor. Just last year, the British car maker kicked off its EV3 electric car, sporting a look that seemed straight out of a steampunk set. Now it is giving younger, not to mention smaller, drivers a chance to drive around in style in their own eccentric looking, steampunk electric courage. Presenting the smaller and safer version of the Morgan EV3 called, what else, the Morgan EV3 Junior.

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