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BMW Unveils Its Funky Electric i3, Taking Aim At Both Chevy And Tesla

After months of teasers and years of testing, BMW showed off the i3 today, its first electric vehicle designed to go into full production. The odd-looking hatchback offers some of the “green cred” of Toyota’s Prius, combined with a promise of BMW-like driving that should please those who don’t want …

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BMW Challenges Tesla with New Electric i3 Car

Electric vehicles remain very much a niche market. But as BMW, one of the world’s largest automakers, formally enters the fray, that may begin to …

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive

The most powerful AMG also is the quietest.<p>The skunkworks team in Affalterbach knows how to make AMG-branded Benzes the most-intimidating-sounding cars on the planet—in particular, the sounds of its 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 and naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 are exalted hymns in the church of …

New Details on BMW i3 Reveal 0-60 MPH Time, Tech

Development of the all-electric (or range-extended electric, when so equipped) BMW i3 started almost six years ago, but the automaker appears to be in the final stages of preparing its premium EV for production. BMW has slowly unveiled details on the i3, and this time around it has released …

Tesla Plans Cheaper, Smaller EV for 2016/17

Expect Tesla’s smaller sedan to possibly look like this Model S, only smaller. Maybe.<p>Fresh off its first-ever profitable quarter and basking in rave reviews for its Model S sedan, Tesla Motors is making plans for a third car that could turn the California startup into a full-line automaker.<p>At its …

Tesla reveals battery swap plan for its high-end electric cars

Tesla Motors, Inc., unveiled plans Thursday night to offer a service that would swap out depleted batteries in its luxury electric cars for fully charged packs.<p>Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk took the stage inside the carmaker’s design studio in Hawthorne to show off Tesla’s latest effort to make …

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A Petition To Let Tesla Sell Cars Directly To Drivers In Every State Has Over 100,000 Signatures

Started by one Tesla supporter on June 5, support from across the electric car world piled in with signatures increasing faster and faster over the past week.<p>The petition required 100,000 signatures in a month--the deadline being this Friday--but as of today more than 105,000 people have signed …

Tesla far surpassing output goals, Elon Musk says

Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk delivered a teaser for the electric carmaker’s second-quarter earnings this week, divulging that Model S output had surged past its initial weekly goal.<p>That target was to build 400 sedans a week, the pace of manufacturing has already exceeded that -- "and not …

It's Official: General Motors Sees Tesla As A Threat

General Motors will be hoping those words, from vice chairman Steve Girksy as the automaker begins to study electric upstart Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA], don't become too prophetic.<p>They're a clear indication that major automakers are starting to worry about the startup electric automaker, as GM CEO …

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Next Up: Tesla's $30,000 Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series Beater

The Tesla Model S seemed like a futuristic pipe dream when we rode shotgun in a prototype three and a half years ago, but now that fast-selling EV has helped Tesla repay nearly half a billion dollars in government loans nine years early, company founder Elon Musk's ambitions are escalating faster …

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