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Audi just made a confusing (but important) change to how it names cars

Audi just made a confusing (but important) change to how it names cars

Prepare for some Audi badge confusion when you're next at the dealership, with the German automaker preparing to make a huge change to how its cars are named. The current model names - like A4 and A5, as well as Q5 and Q7 - are staying, but Audi plans to do away with engine displacement as an indicator of power. Instead, it says it has come up with a system that puts all vehicles - no matter the drivetrain type - on an level, and easily compared, footing.

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Audi wants to make your EV’s sunroof a solar panel

Audi wants to make your EV’s sunroof a solar panel

Audi wants to integrated solar panels into the panoramic glass roofs on its cars, aiming to increase EV range courtesy of free solar energy. The German automaker has collaborated with Alta Devices, a subsidiary of Chinese thin-film solar cell maker Hanergy, on the project. Although not the first time solar panels have been baked into EVs, the claim is that this new system will be significantly more efficient.

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Ariel P40 electric supercar to pack 1180 hp and do 0-100 mph in 3.8 sec

Ariel P40 electric supercar to pack 1180 hp and do 0-100 mph in 3.8 sec

Ariel has been making very niche sports cars for many year. These cars, such as the Atom and the Nomad, are basically tube frame chassis with a motor and wheels strapped to them. Ariel has announced a new supercar that is much more substantial than the rides we are used to seeing from the company. The car is called the P40 right now and it is expected to be the fastest-accelerating and most advanced supercar ever made.

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2018 Nissan Leaf to be shown in Detroit as Nissan talks Intelligent Mobile tech

2018 Nissan Leaf to be shown in Detroit as Nissan talks Intelligent Mobile tech

Nissan has been teasing EV fans a lot of late with little tidbits about the all-new 2018 Leaf EV. one of the big things that we know is that the Leaf will be cheaper than the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt EVs. A leak also showed a car that will have rather mild styling, this is no surprise since Nissan wants to lure people to buy the car rather than offering something with polarizing style along the lines of the Toyota Prius.

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Telsa’s Musk takes EV ideas: Cloud driver profiles, smarter sunroof, more

Telsa’s Musk takes EV ideas: Cloud driver profiles, smarter sunroof, more

Elon Musk continued his one-man Tesla support hotline service this weekend, fielding requests and complaints from EV owners for features they'd like to see in the next OTA firmware. The outspoken billionaire has frequently used Twitter as an open house for ideas and feedback, with many of the suggestions making it through to future firmware updates. This time around, Musk is tackling some of Telsa cars' more frustrating foibles.

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VW Microbus EV reborn: 5 things you should know

VW Microbus EV reborn: 5 things you should know

You have to wonder why it's taken Volkswagen so long to reboot the Microbus, but come 2022 the iconic shape will return to the roads. This isn't the same van that came to epitomize the swinging sixties, mind: previewed by the VW I.D. BUZZ concept, it's an all-new interpretation of flexible motoring atop an all-new electric platform. That's a lot to get excited about, so here's what you need to know.

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VW’s electric Microbus just got confirmed for production

VW’s electric Microbus just got confirmed for production

Volkswagen has given the green-light to its I.D. BUZZ concept, with plans to put the electric VW Microbus into production. The decision, announced at the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance today, will deliver one of the automaker's most well-received concepts to dealerships, atop its brand new electrified platform. According to VW, the demands to build a production version of the I.D. BUZZ have been frequent and vocal since the concept bus was first shown off.

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Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is 20 feet of electric drop-top luxury

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is 20 feet of electric drop-top luxury

Last year, Mercedes-Benz revealed the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept, the closest thing you could get to a luxury yacht for the road, and now the German carmaker is back with the convertible version. Meet the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet, a near 20-foot long all-electric coupe, complete with its "boat tail" and 24-inch wheels. If last year's concept was a land yacht, the Cabriolet is a land speedboat.

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Fisker EMotion luxury $129k self-driving EV to spill all at CES 2018

Fisker EMotion luxury $129k self-driving EV to spill all at CES 2018

Fisker's new electric car will make its official debut at CES 2018, with the Fisker EMotion promising not only zero-emissions but full autonomous driving. Preorders of the car began in June, with Fisker taking a $2,000 deposit for what's expected to be a $129k EV by the time it actually launches. However, so far potential owners have had to take a lot on faith.

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DeLorean Aerospace DR-7 VTOL makes good on Doc Brown’s promise

DeLorean Aerospace DR-7 VTOL makes good on Doc Brown’s promise

One of the most iconic movies from the '80s was "Back to the Future" and in that original film, just when we think all is well with McFly and his hottie, Doc Brown comes back in a much more futuristic DeLorean time machine and famously tells Marty that where they are going, they don't need roads. DeLorean Aerospace has now made good on Doc's promise and had unveiled the DR-7 VTOL (DR-7? I see what you did there) and it is a flying machine.

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VW crossover EV to offer US drivers a Model Y alternative in 2020

VW crossover EV to offer US drivers a Model Y alternative in 2020

Volkswagen's first all-electric car in the US on its next-generation MEB platform will play right into the tastes of American drivers, the automaker has reportedly confirmed. MEB, or the "Modular Electrification Toolkit", is VW's newest architecture for green driving, a highly flexible underpinning that has already been used as the basis for a number of different electrified concept cars. Now, we have some idea of which of those will translate to dealership appearances.

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Infiniti reveals 1930s style Prototype 9 EV at Pebble Beach

Infiniti reveals 1930s style Prototype 9 EV at Pebble Beach

The gorgeous vehicle you're seeing here is Infiniti's new Prototype 9, but it's more than just a flashy concept that borrows the design of 1930s Grand Prix race cars; it's also a fully functioning electric car. Ok, so it's not much more than the combination of those two things: a fancy design experiment that Nissan's luxury brand is showing off at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance car show. But everything from the long nose to the spoked wheels is just wonderful to look at.

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