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This Dodge Omni-Based Jet Electrica 007 Is A Chrysler With Kilowatts

In the late 1970s, the US Department of Energy had the ambitious plan of jumpstarting the electric car ecosystem by financing different electric car companies. This grand idea fizzled out quickly because the technology just was not where it was supposed to be. Electric car technology decades ago consisted of throwing…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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The Human Rights Issues That Could Taint Electric Cars

With most automakers in the industry prepping an onslaught of electric vehicles in the coming years, there’s increasing attention being paid to where they’ll obtain necessary minerals for production. Last week, a group of 10 automakers took a step forward in the right direction, by saying they would “identify and…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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VW Unveils Another Electric Minibus For New Uber-Like Service 

OK, so it’s not the latest Microbus, but here’s another sign that Volkwsagen’s moving swiftly to electrify its fleet in the coming years. On Monday, the automaker said it’s rolling out a new all-electric minibus for a ride-hailing service set to debut late next year. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Chris Bangle’s New Car Is This Radical City Electric

A few months back when Chris Bangle took a moment to shit-talk to his competitors, the former BMW design chief drummed up anticipation for a new car he’d been working on, saying the design was so “liberating” it made one of his designers physically ill. This week, Bangle introduced that car, called REDS, and he […]

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Investigation Highlights How Child Labor Could Be Used To Mine Essential Mineral For Electric Cars

Global demand for cobalt, an essential element in electric car batteries, is sky high. But in some parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where about half of all cobalt comes from, the mineral is reportedly mined by young children, an allegation that taints an ever-relevant supply chain for the auto industry.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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This Tesla Pickup Truck Concept Looks Ridiculous

Between the hoopla surrounding Tesla’s new all-electric semi and a super-fast revamped Roadster, CEO Elon Musk spent a few minutes to muse about a pickup truck concept that resembles something like a Unimog that has the appearance of a toy.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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‘Accidental Billionaire’: How The Outlandish Ambition Of Faraday Future’s Financier Brought The Startup To Its Knees 

In Rancho Palos Verdes, an affluent suburb of Los Angeles, there’s a 7,800 square foot mansion that sits atop a picturesque bluff, offering sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Across two stories, the home contains six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a three-car garage, and privacy. Google Maps doesn’t offer a streetview…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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A Forgotten Electric Mercedes Was Recently Spotted Testing At Nürburgring

Several years ago, Mercedes produced a prototype electric sports car called the SLS E-Cell that pretty much came and went. But, recently, at Nürburgring, a version of that car was spotted with all sorts of gadgets attached to it, presumably in the midst of testing. Perhaps the SLS E-Cell still lives?Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Screw The Chevy Bolt Crossover, GM Is Working On An Electric Sports Car

The Chevy Bolt is fine and nice, and the CUV or crossover teased by Mary Barra at Barclay’s Auto Conference this week will probably be fine and nice. GM’s CEO also teased a bunch of other electric vehicles, including a possible sports car, which could be Cadillac.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Now Dyson Is Suing Its Ex-CEO For Allegedly Sharing Electric Car Plans 

Earlier this month, a weird, long-running legal battle between Tesla and vacuum cleaner maker Dyson emerged. Dyson had tried to stop Tesla from hiring an engineer who, Dyson said, told the automaker about its own plans to build an electric car. Now, Dyson’s going after its former CEO, reports Bloomberg, after he…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Jaguar Land Rover Parent Company Won’t Say If It’s Investing $900 Million Into Faraday Future

After launching a very unusual public spat with its now-former chief financial officer, Faraday Future has reportedly received a $900 million lifeline from Indian automaker Tata Motors, which perhaps most famously now owns Jaguar Land Rover. The timing of such a significant investment from Tata would be stunning…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The Next Volkswagen Beetle Could Go Electric And Rear-Wheel Drive Again 

The case could be made that the original Volkswagen Beetle is the most iconic car ever made. Its modern versions, well… not so much. But as part of its big diesel emissions cheating penance, Volkswagen is making a massive push into electric cars. And that could return the Beetle to its roots in an unexpected […]

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Electric SUV From Cash-Flush Chinese Startup NIO Spotted On Road Before Its Reveal

While driving on California’s 880 freeway near Tesla’s Gigafactory, reader Fernando happened to see an unusual SUV with an unfamiliar badge, so he took a few pictures. It turns out that SUV is actually Chinese startup company NIO’s electric SUV, the ES8. We’ve seen the concept version of the SUV before, and the …Read more… […]

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Chinese-Backed Electric Car Startup NIO Raises $1 Billion

The Chinese-backed electric vehicle startup NIO raised more than $1 billion in its latest fundraising round, Reuters reported on Wednesday, breaking away from a crowded field of young Chinese-funded car firms who’ve notably struggled to raise money for their own ambitious endeavors.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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