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The 4 key things to know about Lucid Motors’ Air

The 4 key things to know about Lucid Motors’ Air

Launching an electric car company seems like the go-to folly of today's billionaires, but Lucid Motors wants to be more than just a vanity project of its well-heeled backers. The California-based automaker took the wraps off its first model, the Air, this week, promising Tesla-beating range, autonomous driving, and more gadgetry and luxury than a Mercedes or an Audi. Big words, certainly, and even with some industry heavyweights on the staff, it's no small challenge. Here's what you need to know.

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This is Lucid Air: a 1,000 HP electric Tesla-killer with 400 mile range

This is Lucid Air: a 1,000 HP electric Tesla-killer with 400 mile range

"The new era of luxury mobility starts here," says Lucid Motors, and this eye-catching Tesla rival is the part of that promise. Revealed today at Lucid's prototype shop in Fremont, CA, the handiwork of the automaker formerly known as Atieva is the Lucid Air. As well as being a luxury sedan, Lucid claims the Air will also be be the perfect commuter vehicle, while offering the power of a sports car at 1,000 HP.

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Tesla settles “Insane” P85D lawsuit over lack of power

Tesla settles “Insane” P85D lawsuit over lack of power

Tesla's "Insane" and "Ludicrous" branding for its performance upgrades might be tongue-in-cheek, but power confusion has forced the EV automaker to cough up cash for unhappy owners. The Californian car company had been taken to task by drivers in Noway, who weren't convinced by how Tesla had branded one of its high-performance Model S sedans. Turns out, not all horsepower calculations are created equal.

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This zero-emission Nikola truck wants to make diesel history

This zero-emission Nikola truck wants to make diesel history

The future of American trucking is hydrogen-electric, ambitious startup Nikola Motors claims, and we've now seen the 1,200 mile range semi it thinks will start the revolution. Unveiled this week, the Nikola One may look at first glance like a traditional diesel truck, but under the skin it's a very different story. A smarter powertrain, connected cabin, and longer running on a single tank of fuel - paired with doubly-ambitious hydrogen fuel network plans - could make this the revolution hauling has been waiting for.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV configurator reveals fast-charge times and more

Chevrolet Bolt EV configurator reveals fast-charge times and more

Chevrolet's configurator for the Bolt EV has gone live, detailing just what buyers of the all-electric Tesla rival can expect from their new car. Set to go on sale by the end of the year, availability of the Bolt EV will be fairly limited initially. If you're not in the handful of west coast locations where Chevy plans to sell the plug-in, though, you can still play with the configurator.

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Has Tesla’s Supercharger Network finally met its match?

Has Tesla’s Supercharger Network finally met its match?

Tesla's Supercharger network is arguably the jewel in the EV company's crown: without it, after all, cars like the Model S would be far less appealing for everyday transportation. Now, though, a consortium of traditional automakers is partnering up to eclipse Superchargers with a more widespread connector than Tesla's proprietary plug. Including big names like Volkswagen Group, BMW, and Daimler, the joint venture aims to make all-electric long-distance travel a reality, in Europe at least.

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New BMW i3 tipped for 2017

New BMW i3 tipped for 2017

Seeing BMW's compact electric i3 on the road may not yet be an everyday occurrence just yet, but the fact that it first made its debut back in 2012 means that the German manufacturer feels its design is getting a bit old. Proving this point is a new report from German newspaper Welt am Sonntag which says the car maker will be launching a new, redesigned i3 at some point in 2017.

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EV startup Faraday Future puts hold on Nevada production factory

EV startup Faraday Future puts hold on Nevada production factory

While Tesla continues to make progress towards finishing its Nevada-based battery-producing Gigafactory, rival electric car startup Faraday Future is having trouble getting its manufacturing plant even started. While Faraday Future first broke ground on its Nevada facility in April of this year, and continues to tease that its consumer car will begin shipping next year, construction on the production plant has been halted due to financial troubles.

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Surprise! An electric Maserati Alfieri is coming in 2020

Surprise! An electric Maserati Alfieri is coming in 2020

Maserati may have been slow to the electric car party, but going by its freshly-confirmed EV plans it'll make quite a splash. The company has announced that, sure enough, it intends to have an electric vehicle on the roads by 2020, and we now also know what that car will be. Turns out, Maserati has looked to its stunning Alfieri concept coupe for design inspiration.

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How a combined Tesla and SolarCity make sense

How a combined Tesla and SolarCity make sense

With the Tesla acquisition of SolarCity complete as of today, Elon Musk's vision of an integrated solar energy business is ready to go. The deal, approved by shareholders late last week, sees Tesla's expertise in electrified vehicles join forces with SolarCity's energy generation and storage. In Musk's world, that means not only a cleaner way to live, but the chance for early-adopters to actually make some cash, too.

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This NIO EP9 performance EV wants to be the Tesla of supercars

This NIO EP9 performance EV wants to be the Tesla of supercars

If Tesla publicly demonstrated that electric cars could be just as fast as their gas-powered rivals, then supercar startup NIO plans to thoroughly roast Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche with its EV. Revealed in London, UK today, NIO is the fledgling automotive brand of NextEV, a Chinese company already known for its Formula E racing team. Now, it's taking the same electric performance technology and trying to repackage it for the road.

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Tesla releases self-driving demo video that shows what the car sees

Tesla releases self-driving demo video that shows what the car sees

Tesla is continuing to go all-in with autonomous driving technology, having already promised that all future models, including the upcoming Model 3, will include self-driving features. Now found Elon Musk has shared a new video that attempts to better demonstrate to drivers how the technology works. The demo clip shows what it's like for a Tesla vehicle to drive itself on local, public roads, all while showing the car's point of view of things.

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