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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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Wireless car charging is a step closer to a 2020 launch

Wireless car charging is a step closer to a 2020 launch

Future Chevrolet, Cadillac, and other GM electric cars and plug-in hybrids could soon recharge without needing to be plugged in first, thanks to a wireless charging deal. The agreement, with WiTricity, sees General Motors testing out the wireless power transfer company's latest Drive 11 park-and-charge system with a mind for offering it to EV and plug-in EV owners. If that pans out, future Volt and Bolt EV drivers might no longer have to fiddly with cables and adapters.

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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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