Electric Vehicle

Gogoro 2 smartscooter is made for riding in twos

Gogoro 2 smartscooter is made for riding in twos

One of the arguments for electric vehicles is how they are much more environment friendly than fuel-based transportation. However, when you have too many of those, they can still be a problem. Sharing is caring, as they say, and that goes for sharing rides as well. Just a week after it announced its rollout on Parisian streets, Coup's Gogoro startup has revealed its next gen e-scooter. The Gogoro 2 smartscooter builds upon the smarts of its predecessor and expands its design and capacity, not just for more storage but also for one more rider.

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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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BMW launches first of 100 EV charging stations in US National Parks

BMW launches first of 100 EV charging stations in US National Parks

Electric vehicles are only as great as the charging network available to those who buy them. We've seen different companies roll out charging stations at destinations all over the U.S., and now BMW is adding its name to the list (again) with plans to launch 100 electric vehicle charging stations at National Parks throughout the nation. The first of those 100 planned stations has gone live at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, the former home of Edison.

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Tesla’s electric semi truck will be revealed in September

Tesla’s electric semi truck will be revealed in September

Though Tesla has built its image on electric vehicles aimed at the consumer space, long term success is going to depend on Tesla tackling the commercial space as well. In order to do that, it's going to need to build some bigger vehicles, and we're learning today that we'll see one of them later this year. Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed on Twitter today that his company will reveal its all electric semi truck in September.

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EVgo launches 150kW high-power fast charging station in California

EVgo launches 150kW high-power fast charging station in California

EVgo, the operator behind more than 900 electric vehicle fast charging stations throughout the U.S., has announced the launch of a high-power EV fast charger in Fremont, California. This has been done in conjunction with ABB, but it isn't available to the general public. Instead, EVgo says the charging station will be made available to automotive research vehicles to help with research and development.

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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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2017 Chevrolet BOLT EV first drive: The first electric car truly for the everyman

2017 Chevrolet BOLT EV first drive: The first electric car truly for the everyman

I’m not convinced with the new BOLT EV’s tail-lights, but in just about every other way this all-electric car is a knock-out. A no compromise, zero-emissions vehicle capable of delivering up to an EPA-rated 238 miles on a full charge, it's fun and dynamic to drive, with plenty of interior space.

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NHTSA closes investigation into Tesla Autopilot crash

NHTSA closes investigation into Tesla Autopilot crash

It looks like things are coming up Tesla today. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has closed its investigation into a fatal crash that was blamed on Tesla's Autopilot system, present in a variety of different Tesla models. The investigation was closed without any kind of recall, much to the joy of Elon Musk, who tweeted about the "very positive" final report.

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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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Faraday Future sees “overwhelming demand” in FF 91 reservations

Faraday Future sees “overwhelming demand” in FF 91 reservations

It seems that a number of folks have taken a liking to Faraday Future's first electric car, the FF 91. Unveiled at CES 2017 earlier in the week, the reveal of the FF 91 was highly anticipated heading into the trade show. At the end of its presentation, Faraday Future announced that prospective buyers would be able to reserve a spot in line to purchase one of the first FF 91s, and now it says demand for those reservations has been "overwhelming."

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