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Electric motorcycle beats gas-guzzling rivals at Pikes Peak

Electric motorcycle beats gas-guzzling rivals at Pikes Peak

We're already aware of one record that was broken today, and that was the fastest overall time of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb done by Sebastien Loeb in his Peugeot Sport 208 T16, but as far as motorcycles were concerned, the fastest of the bunch ended up being an all-electric variant, beating out the next-fastest motorcycle by 21 seconds.

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Lola B12/69 EV sets new electric speed record at 204.2mph

Lola B12/69 EV sets new electric speed record at 204.2mph

A new world record for the fastest electric car on the planet has been set by Drayson Racing, who took a Lola B12/69 EV Le Mans race car and topped it out at a quick 204.2mph, beating the previous record of a measly 175mph that was set in 1974 by Battery Box General Electric. Last week, Nissan went 186mph in their Zeod RC hybrid, but the Lola runs on complete electric power.

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Ford “really committed” to hybrid and electric vehicles

Ford “really committed” to hybrid and electric vehicles

Ford CEO Alan Mulally took the stage today during the opening presentation of the company's Further with Ford conference and answered questions about going green and electric vehicles. As for what Ford has planned for its future, Mulally says that the company is "really committed" to electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as alternative fuels.

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Chevy Volt sales stall leaves inventory double “healthy” levels

Chevy Volt sales stall leaves inventory double “healthy” levels

Chevrolet's first attempt at a true hybrid vehicle isn't going so well, and the company is boosting incentives just to get the cars rolling off of dealership lots. It turns out that Chevrolet has way too many Volts lying around, mostly due to the fact that Chevrolet is churning them off of the assembly line, but no one is buying them.

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Tesla aims for low-cost electric cars as CEO discusses climate change

Tesla aims for low-cost electric cars as CEO discusses climate change

Tesla's current and only production electric car, the Model S, isn't exactly cheap. It starts at just over $60,000, which most middle class people wouldn't even bother to purchase. Of course, there's always options from Nissan, Toyota, and Chevrolet that are a bit cheaper, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that these cheaper electric cars aren't all that great.

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Ferrari chairman: we’ll never build an electric car

Ferrari chairman: we’ll never build an electric car

Ferrari is all about the speed and luxury, and apparently those words don't go well with "electric," according to Ferrari chairman Di Montezemolo, who said that as long as he's chairman, the exotic car maker will never build an electric car. So for those waiting for the LaFerrari all-electric car will sadly not see such a day come.

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Aston Martin Rapide S first hydrogen car to race around Nürburgring

Aston Martin Rapide S first hydrogen car to race around Nürburgring

Last month we discussed Aston Martin's newest project, a hydrogen-equipped hybrid version of its Rapide S sports car. It's going to make its official racing debut later this month during the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring, but the car already ended up making history as being the first-ever hydrogen-powered car to take a lap around the historic track.

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Maserati dismisses electric cars as “nonsense”

Maserati dismisses electric cars as “nonsense”

Electric cars have been all the range lately. Auto makers are increasingly coming out with their own all-electric vehicles, including Chevrolet and Tesla Motors. However, luxury exotic car maker Maserati has a different opinion on the growing trend. Maserati boss Harald Wester simply says that "all this discussion about zero emissions is nonsense."

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Aston Martin unveils Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S race car

Aston Martin unveils Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S race car

Aston Martin is looking to break some records next month, as the company has unveiled the Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S race car, which is based off the production 4-door Rapide S. The race car will make its debut at the 41st annual ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring race next month, where it will become the first hydrogen-powered car to compete in an international event, as well as the first zero CO2 emissions car to complete a race pace lap at the Nürburgring 24-hour race.

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World’s largest solar power plant opens in Abu Dhabi

World’s largest solar power plant opens in Abu Dhabi

The Middle East is known for their vast amounts of oil, and of course the money that comes from that oil. However, the region is also getting into renewable energy and alternative methods for providing electricity, most specifically the United Arab Emirates, which is now home to the world's largest solar power plant, located in Abu Dhabi.

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Korean mass transit moving towards wireless power

Korean mass transit moving towards wireless power

The world is slowly making the switch over to electric power, and while some mass transit systems have been powered by electricity for a while, it's usually delivered through overhead cables that connect to the buses and trains at all times. However, Korea is moving away from overhead cables in favor of wireless power to its mass transit vehicles.

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NYC mayor calls for 10,000 EV charging stations within 7 years

NYC mayor calls for 10,000 EV charging stations within 7 years

In an effort to bolster the city's friendliness towards electric vehicles, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling for 10,000 charging stations all across the city by 2019. Bloomberg mentioned the goal during his last State of the City address today, and he's asking the city council to require landlords to make at least 20% of new parking spaces equipped for electric vehicles.

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