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Aston Martin RapidE all-electric car gets green light for 2019

Aston Martin RapidE all-electric car gets green light for 2019

Aston Martin is joining the EV world, confirming that it will build an all-electric car, the Aston Martin RapidE. The car will, as the name suggests, be based on Aston Martin's existing four-door model, the Rapide. However, don't expect this to be anything like a mass-market play for the electric segment, with the British car company warning that it'll be severely limited in numbers.

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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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This dramatic Chevrolet Bolt EV crash test video is great news

This dramatic Chevrolet Bolt EV crash test video is great news

Chevrolet's Bolt EV may have divided electric car buyers with its hatchback design, but new safety testing suggests there's no need to worry about how it'll hold up in a crash. The all-electric car has become the first such vehicle to grab a 2017 award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the independent agency which puts vehicles through their paces in crash testing that in many ways exceeds what the government-run NHTSA checks for. In recent years, the most tricky of those automotive trials has been the so-called small overlap front crash test.

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Chevrolet triples self-driving Bolt EV fleet amid accelerated roll-out

Chevrolet triples self-driving Bolt EV fleet amid accelerated roll-out

130 new autonomous Bolt EV test cars have rolled off GM's production line, the automaker has announced today, each fitted with the new version of its self-driving hardware. The expanded Chevrolet fleet will join the 50+ current-gen autonomous Bolt EV cars which GM has already been using to refine its self-driving platform. They're currently navigating the streets in three US states.

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Tesla Model X is safest SUV says NHTSA: Watch it get smashed up

Tesla Model X is safest SUV says NHTSA: Watch it get smashed up

The Tesla Model X has become the first SUV to ever score a full 5-stars in NHTSA crash testing, with the all-electric car credited as being the safest SUV around. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration examines crash performance in categories like frontal impacts, side impacts, and pole impacts. For SUVs, though, the most arduous challenge is often the risk of overturning in an incident, which the NHTSA calls the rollover probability.

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Samsung spun its old plasma TV plant into something much more profitable

Samsung spun its old plasma TV plant into something much more profitable

What do you do when nobody is buying expensive plasma TVs any more? If you're Samsung, you reboot your plasma panel plant into a market that's far more lucrative: electric vehicle batteries. That's just what Samsung SDI, the South Korean behemoth's battery manufacturing arm, has done in Europe.

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Postmates offers delivery drivers electric scooter rentals

Postmates offers delivery drivers electric scooter rentals

Postmates may be experimenting with robots to replace human delivery drivers, but a new electric scooter rental program shows it's not giving up on flesh & blood quite yet. The Postmates Zero-Emission Scooter Initiative offers drivers for the service to get access to a plug-in EV two-wheeler specially tailored for delivery purposes. Initially it's kicking off in Manhattan, NY, though the expectation is that, if a hit, it'll expand to other urban areas.

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BMW’s futuristic electric motorbike concept is an urban-warrior’s dream

BMW’s futuristic electric motorbike concept is an urban-warrior’s dream

The stunning BMW Concept 8 Series isn't the only automotive tease BMW has this week, it also rolled out a brand new vision of zero-emission biking. The BMW Motorrad Concept Link made its debut alongside the Concept 8 Series at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017, the latest design study from the automaker as it looks ahead to what urban mobility will be like in the years to come. In the case of this particular electric bike, that means styling that manages to be both futuristic and retro simultaneously.

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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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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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Coup’s Gogoro e-scooter rental rides into Paris this summer

Coup’s Gogoro e-scooter rental rides into Paris this summer

Electric scooter startup Gogoro is spreading to France, with Paris the next city to get its Coup network of battery-swappable, on-demand EVs. 600 of the Gogoro Smartscooters will be set loose on Parisian streets, the company says. While Paris is no stranger to two-wheeled transportation - indeed, Gogoro points out, it's one of the top scooter cities in the world - it hasn't seen anything quite like Coup.

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