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Tesla Model S refresh: faster charging, more range, LED headlamps, no more grille

Tesla Model S refresh: faster charging, more range, LED headlamps, no more grille Running changes to the Tesla Model S this year fall under the heading constant improvement.Steerable LED headlamps become standard and the onboard charger capacity is hiked from 40 amps to 48 amps.

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler launches US mobility service called Moovel

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler launches US mobility service called Moovel Add Daimler to the companies offering mobility services in the United States.The parent company of Mercedes-Benz created a US subsidiary through the acquisition and merger of RideScout, a route-planning service, and GlobeSherpa, a mobile ticketing service.

Model E: Now Ford plans a 200-mile electric vehicle

Model E: Now Ford plans a 200-mile electric vehicle Now Ford wants to be the in the 200-mile, $35,000 EV business.In the meantime, Ford will push the range of its existing Focus Electric from 76 miles to 100 miles.

2017 BMW i3: The new normal for EVs is 100-plus miles range. If not 200.

2017 BMW i3: The new normal for EVs is 100-plus miles range. If not 200. When the revised, 2017 BMW i3 electric vehicle ships this fall, its range jumps from 81 miles to 114 miles.The carbon fiber Bimmer is using a denser, more productive lithium-ion battery rated at 33 kWh, up from 22 kWh.

Behind GM’s EV deal with Lyft: The old guard prepares for wrenching change

Behind GM’s EV deal with Lyft: The old guard prepares for wrenching change It’s all part of the wrenching change forced on automakers by demographics and quality control.All of this proves, at least to the big automakers, that they’re still in charge of the car business.

VW shifts focus from diesels to EVs, plans 30 electric car models by 2025

Still reeling from dieselgate, Volkswagen is shifting gears and will unveil some 30 new electric vehicle models within 10 years.Volkswagen unveiled the EV goal as part of a Strategy 2025 plan at its exhibition center in Wolfsburg, Germany, where VW has world headquarters.

Mini’s 100-year vision: shared self-driving electric cars, changeable paint jobs

When not being used, the future Mini parks itself, and connects to a recharging network on its own.This is the Mini Vision Next 100 concept, part of parent BMW’s 100th anniversary.

Next Nissan Leaf EV will hit 200 miles, just like Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model 3

Two hundred miles miles in an EV may be the new normal for affordable EVs, not 80-100 miles.So that makes the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3, and Nissan Leaf all delivering 200 miles on a charge.

BMW i3 batteries get recycled for home power backup

The BMW i3 battery system comprises two or more modules attached to the garage wall: a controller (the all-blue box in the photo) and a BMW i3 battery pack.While BMW touts the value in finding a second life for i3 battery packs, it could also be a new i3 pack as well.

Why a Tesla-SolarCity hookup doesn’t excite all investors

That also means a chance to upsell Tesla buyers to SolarCity rooftop solar systems for recharging Tesla cars, as well as storing or time-shifting solar energy in Tesla Powerwall battery packs.As for Tesla, 10 times the size of SolarCity, it lost 10% of its stock value after the announcement.

Tesla P100D Ludicrous: 315-mile range or 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. Choose one.

Tesla P100D Ludicrous: 315-mile range or 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. Choose one. The P100D has a 100 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery; Tesla’s previous top battery measured 90 kWh.The P100D is the first production electric vehicle with a range of more than 300 miles.

No free lunch: Tesla Model 3 owners will pay for Supercharger access

No free lunch: Tesla Model 3 owners will pay for Supercharger access The lower-cost Tesla Model 3 will likely lose a perk of Model S and Model X ownership: free charging at Tesla’s network of Supercharger sites.Discussion of pay-to-charge for Model 3 owners kicked up a notch with the discovery this week of non-implemented code on Tesla.

With Chevrolet Bolt, the new normal for EVs will be 200+ miles range, $30K base price

With Chevrolet Bolt, the new normal for EVs will be 200+ miles range, $30K base price The Chevrolet Bolt EV will match or exceed the Tesla Model 3 on key specs when it goes on sale late this year.The entry point for competitiveness will likely be at least 200 miles range and $30,000 base price after tax credit.

Meet the VW ID electric car: 300-plus mile range in 2020, self-driving by 2025

Meet the VW ID electric car: 300-plus mile range in 2020, self-driving by 2025 By 2025, the VW ID will be self-driving, the company says.The VW ID motor configuration will be arranged like the BMW i3 (and unlike the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt), with the engine driving the rear, not front, wheels.

Top tech cars of the 2016 Paris Motor Show

Top tech cars of the 2016 Paris Motor Show Here are the top cars of the biennial Mondial de l’Automobile, with a focus on models that will make it to North America.And either would work fine in Paris, which bans non-EVs from motoring about the first Sunday of each month.

Germany votes to ban internal combustion engine cars by 2030

Germany votes to ban internal combustion engine cars by 2030 Now, Germany’s Bundesrat wants the internal combustion engine banned starting in 2030.It suggests the days of the internal combustion engine car are finite.

2017 Acura NSX tested: Why it’s the exemplar for all supercars

2017 Acura NSX tested: Why it’s the exemplar for all supercars In 10 years, every high-performance car will be like the 2017 Acura NSX: a blend of electric motors, turbochargers, a combustion engine, and sophisticated control of traction, suspension, and acceleration.Out on twisty country roads, the front motors shine.

2017 Acura NSX tested: Why it's the exemplar for all supercars

2017 Acura NSX tested: Why it's the exemplar for all supercars In 10 years, every high-performance car will be like the 2017 Acura NSX: a blend of electric motors, turbochargers, a combustion engine, and sophisticated control of traction, suspension, and acceleration.The personalities are accessed via the Dynamic Mode dial in the center stack (photo inset): Quiet, Sport, Sport +, and Track.

No more free lunch: Tesla kills free supercharger program for vehicles ordered in 2017

No more free lunch: Tesla kills free supercharger program for vehicles ordered in 2017 When Tesla announced its free supercharger program, it was trying to fill a need for long-distance vehicle charging and demonstrate that EV’s could be viable alternatives to gasoline vehicles.To that end, the company declared that its Supercharger stations would be free for Tesla owners.

Electric cars and hybrids will soon have to announce their presence

Electric cars and hybrids will soon have to announce their presence At the time, I assumed that other electric vehicle makers would follow suit, as the sound seemed like an obvious safety measure.However, since then, electric vehicles have been largely silent at low speed.