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Volvo’s 2019 EV will go head-to-head with Tesla Model 3 and Bolt

Volvo’s 2019 EV will go head-to-head with Tesla Model 3 and Bolt

Volvo's first all-electric car will be priced under $40,000 and be able to go at least 250 miles on a full charge, the company has confirmed. The pure EV isn't expected to reach dealerships until 2019, Volvo says, lagging both Chevrolet's Bolt EV and Tesla's Model 3 to market. However, in automotive development times, that really doesn't give the Swedes much leeway.

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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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Meet EVE, NIO’s vision of its 2020 autonomous electric car

Meet EVE, NIO’s vision of its 2020 autonomous electric car

First NIO wowed us with its ridiculously fast electric supercar, now the EV startup is promising to have its own self-driving vehicles on sale in the US by 2020. The company - fledgling automotive arm of NextEV, the Chinese firm already known for its Formula E racing team - has taken the wraps off its NIO EVE autonomous prototype today. Dubbed a "vision car" by NIO, it's apparently intended to give us some hints of what we could expect in just a few years time.

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Stunning Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept tests luxe-EV reception

Stunning Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept tests luxe-EV reception

Has the time come for a true luxury EV? That's what Bentley is testing the waters about at the Geneva Motor Show 2017 this week, bringing out the Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept to gage the potential reception for an all-electric grand tourer. As the British automaker sees it, the requirements of the super-rich are slightly different to what other EV buyers might be concerned about.

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Tesla launches fan-made ads contest after fifth-grader’s suggestion

Tesla launches fan-made ads contest after fifth-grader’s suggestion

Tesla's rise in popularity is an especially impressive one considering how the company doesn't rely on traditional advertising methods such as TV commercials. Instead, they manage to get by almost solely on things like PR announcements and word-of-mouth from dedicated fans. It's that dedication, however, that's led to an interesting contest from the company, where it is now accepting fan-made ads for "Project Loveday."

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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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Tesla plays Model 3 tax hardball with dealer-swayed states

Tesla plays Model 3 tax hardball with dealer-swayed states

Tesla has pulled out the big guns in its campaign to bypass traditional dealerships, warning US states they stand to miss out on potentially huge tax income. The automaker has long drawn the ire of old-school dealers, who complain that its strategy of owning its own showrooms - which Tesla refers to as "stores" - and selling direct to drivers unfairly cuts them out of the loop. Now, with the Model 3 approaching, Tesla has a big incentive to get lawmakers to play ball.

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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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Sideways-on-ice Lucid Motors Air is best Lucid Motors Air

Sideways-on-ice Lucid Motors Air is best Lucid Motors Air

It's fair to say there are probably still more questions than answers about Lucid Motors' Air, but it's Friday so why not just watch it going sideways on ice instead. The work-in-progress electric car has headed off to northern Minnesota for winter testing, and while the automaker's primary concern is seeing how the EV powertrain and other systems hold up in -18 Fahrenheit temperatures, there's still some room for play. In the case of a 1,000 HP car, that means serious skidding.

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Nissan plans EV wireless charging with WiTricity deal

Nissan plans EV wireless charging with WiTricity deal

Nissan's next Leaf EV could recharge without owners having to plug-in, with the automaker announcing it's collaborating with wireless charging developer WiTricity. The deal will see Nissan embrace support for WiTricity DRIVE, a charging system which replaces the traditional electric car chore of having to plug your vehicle into the nearest outlet whenever you park. Instead, owners will simply have to park on top of a charging pad.

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Tesla Model 3 test production tipped to kick off this month

Tesla Model 3 test production tipped to kick off this month

Tesla will reportedly begin test production of the new Model 3, its most affordable electric car, later this month, insiders have claimed. The automaker confirmed this week that it planned to pause production of the Model S and Model X, its current models, at its California facility for a week this month. That, Tesla said, was in preparation of Model 3 production, including adding capacity to its paint shop.

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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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