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Ford cancels $1.6b Mexico plant, will invest $700m in Michigan plant instead

Ford cancels $1.6b Mexico plant, will invest $700m in Michigan plant instead

On top of revealing a slew of new electric vehicles today, Ford also made a rather major announcement in that it will be cancelling plans to build a new plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. That planet was expected to cost $1.6 billion, but with that money now freed up, Ford will be investing some of it back here in the US. $700 million of that cash will go toward improving its Flat Rock, Michigan plant over the next four years, which is a significant investment.

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Mustang hybrid and F-150 Hybrid outed in Ford’s CES EV gush

Mustang hybrid and F-150 Hybrid outed in Ford’s CES EV gush

Ford has revealed seven new electrified vehicles today at CES 2017, including an F-150 Hybrid version of its best-selling truck, and a Mustang Hybrid sports car. The news, announced today by Ford CEO Mark Fields, is the tip of a 13-strong electrified fleet that the automaker intends to launch over the next five years. Ford is also beginning pilot trials of wireless charging technologies for electrified vehicles, along with tests of twenty Transit Connect hybrid taxi and van prototypes in several US cities.

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Tesla Autopilot update makes 2016 deadline; Price increase pushed back

Tesla Autopilot update makes 2016 deadline; Price increase pushed back

Tesla's weekend has been busy, with the automaker starting the roll-out of Autopilot to its latest models, as well as extending the window for free Supercharger use. The software update, which according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk began distribution on December 31, 2016, will only be uploaded over-the-air to 1,000 cars initially. After that point, and assuming there are no in-the-field problems observed, it'll be more broadly distributed in the coming week.

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Tesla Autopilot proves its worth in this scary dashcam crash video

Tesla Autopilot proves its worth in this scary dashcam crash video

Driver assistance technologies like Tesla Autopilot are billed as ways to keep human drivers out of trouble, but it's always impressive to see just how well they can work. Footage of a Tesla in Autopilot mode predicting a likely crash on the road ahead, and stomping on the brakes to keep out of trouble, has emerged from an incident in the Netherlands. According to the video, shared by Hans Noordsij, the Tesla Model X sounded the forward collision warning and began slowing before the human driver had time to react.

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INU’s painfully expensive folding electric scooter hits preorder

INU’s painfully expensive folding electric scooter hits preorder

Green Ride's INU folding electric scooter has finally hit preorder, though would-be riders of the expensive two-wheeler will have to wait before they hit the streets. Shown off first in late 2015, the INU - which offers up to 24 miles of all-electric range and a top speed of 15.5 mph - was initially expected to ship in September this year. Now, though, as preorders open, Green Ride says it'll be September 2017 before customers actually get their scooters.

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2016 BMW 330e Review: The secret plug-in hybrid

2016 BMW 330e Review: The secret plug-in hybrid

The BMW 330e iPerformance isn't the car to buy if you want people to know you're saving the planet. In fact, from behind the wheel of the 2016 330e, I had to keep glancing at the display to make sure that I was, indeed, driving a plug-in hybrid and not one of BMW's regular 3 Series cars. Say hello to the Germans' secret green family.

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Elon Musk teases Supercharger V3 that packs over 350kW of power

Elon Musk teases Supercharger V3 that packs over 350kW of power

Elon Musk is a busy man between Tesla and SpaceX, he also likes to tease company plans via Twitter and has recently teased a coming version of the Supercharger. If you are unfamiliar, the Supercharger network is a network of high-powered charging stations intended to combat range anxiety and allow freer EV travelling. Elon Musk recently teased Supercharger V3 and it sounds like a serious update.

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VW’s second I.D. Concept makes Microbus a self-driving EV

VW’s second I.D. Concept makes Microbus a self-driving EV

Volkswagen is teasing its next all-electric concept, and it seems the Microbus may finally get an EV launch complete with autonomous driving. Set to be revealed in full at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017, the second in the VW I.D. Concept family will show another version of the German automaker's options offered by its new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). In this case, that means doubling up on the motors, among other things.

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Tesla limits Autopilot top speed in latest update

Tesla limits Autopilot top speed in latest update

It's update season for Tesla right now, with a new Autopilot upgrade being pushed out to the electric cars that caps top speed on certain roads. Autopilot is Tesla's take on piloted or semi-autonomous driving, capable of maintaining pace with the rest of the traffic on a road, keeping to lanes, and even changing lane with a tap of the indicator. However, there's always been some leeway in what speed it will allow owners to travel at.

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Tesla tops 2016 owner satisfaction survey as VW plummets

Tesla tops 2016 owner satisfaction survey as VW plummets

Tesla has taken the top spot in a customer satisfaction survey, with more owners of the electric car saying they'd buy another than any other automaker brand. The results of Consumer Reports' 2016 Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey see Tesla once again in pole position, with Porsche and Audi keeping hold of their second and third place spots. However, there's some sizable movement elsewhere in the rankings, particularly after this year's "dieselgate".

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Tesla Enhanced Autopilot: What 8.1 is (and isn’t) and 2016 will bring

Tesla Enhanced Autopilot: What 8.1 is (and isn’t) and 2016 will bring

Tesla's 8.0.2 software is rolling out, bringing new convenience features, though not the Enhanced Autopilot which will grant the electric cars autonomous driving. The update, details of which Tesla has confirmed to SlashGear today, is focused on getting more out of roadtrips, in addition to better personalizing the EVs and enhancing the Summon feature for the Model X SUV. It comes as anticipation is higher than ever for the self-driving abilities many owners are now expecting from Autopilot 8.1, which has become a subject of some confusion. Read on for how it all breaks down.

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Tesla price rise as Brexit makes EV more expensive in UK

Tesla price rise as Brexit makes EV more expensive in UK

Tesla will raise prices of its Model S and Model X electric cars in the UK, blaming Brexit for its impact on the country's economy. The UK's controversial vote to exit the European Union - aka "Brexit" - has already been cited as a cause for price increases or even leaving operations in the country altogether by a number of technology firms. Now, it seems Tesla's California-made cars are next to feel the pinch.

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