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Green Car Reports' 2017 Best Car To Buy nominee: Tesla Model X

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Pretty much any Tesla electric car is bound to start a conversation. The low, tiny 2008 Roadster, the sleek and Jaguar-esque 2012 Model S sedan, or the company's latest car, the 2016 Model X crossover utility vehicle. But as we experienced first-hand, the Model X has the most attention-getting device of any Tesla ever sold. DON'T MISS: 2016 Tesla.

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DOE awarding up to $80M for supercritical CO2 pilot plant

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Today the average efficiency of the US fleet of steam Rankine cycle power plants is in the lower 30% range. Drawing of sCO 2 plant. Click to enlarge.

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Green Car Reports 2017 Best Car To Buy nominee: Chevy Bolt EV

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The announcement of the Chevrolet Bolt concept car came like a thunderclap at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. After unveiling the 2016 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, General Motors CEO Mary Barra rolled out a bright orange five-door hatchback electric car. It would have 200 or more miles of range, she said, for a price starting at $37,500 before.

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Is it all over for the internal combustion engine?

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News of the death of the internal combustion engine (ICE) has been greatly exaggerated, to misquote Mark Twain. That’s the over-riding feeling among c.

DENSO & Toshiba partner on Deep Neural Network-IP for image recognition systems for ADAS & automated driving

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Visual features design. Who knows what visual features best separate a person with a smartphone from a person without? Real-time processing. Resources.

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Mercedes-Benz S550e wireless charging comes into focus

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The Mercedes-Benz S550e plug-in hybrid luxury sedan will likely be the first production car to offer wireless charging as a factory option. The availability of wireless charging was announced earlier this year by Mercedes as part of a significant update of the current-generation car. We now know that the S550e will use a version of the Qualcomm.

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Nano Flowcell liquid-battery car briefly driven by outsider

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Nano Flowcell Holdings hasn't been shy about promoting its flow-cell battery technology. It's displayed flashy concept cars at multiple auto shows, offering bold performance claims for what it said were near production-ready designs. But the company doesn't seem to have given outsiders any significant time behind the wheel of any of its prototype.

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Renesas Electronics delivers highly automated driving solution kit to accelerate development of autonomous vehicles

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Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a highly automated driving (HAD) solution kit that delivers high computing performance targeted at automotive functional safety to reduce development time of electronic control units (ECUs). There are four safety levels, A to D, with ASIL-D being the strictest.

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LG Chem: GM to sell 'more than 30,000' Chevy Bolt EVs next year

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A very brief article on a single sentence uttered on Tuesday by an executive at Korean battery maker LG Chem has reverberated around electric-car circles for most of this week. The executive was vice president Kang Chang-beom, and he spoke on a conference call for financial analysts on the topic of LG Chem's third-quarter earnings. His comment has.

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Which plug-in electric car will sell best next year? Poll results

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Sales of plug-in electric cars were essentially flat in the U.S. last year compared to 2014, and this year isn't necessarily going to be much better. Part of that is due to product cadence: the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S, two of the top-selling cars in previous years, are now relatively old vehicles. The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid is only in its.

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India, EU ratify Paris climate agreement: takes effect next month

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Last December, representatives form 195 countries met in Paris to negotiate an agreement to address climate change on a global scale. Almost a year later, enough countries have now formally ratified that agreement in order that it can officially take effect. The tipping point was reached when India and the 28 members of the European Union ratified.

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Geely launches Lynk & Co; a new electrified and connected global car brand

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First in the range will be the Lynk & Co 01—an SUV featuring full premium specifications and characteristics as standard. Earlier post.).

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Tesla upgrades self-driving sensors, hardware; full autonomy test next year?

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Yesterday morning, the state of California held a hearing on proposed rules governing self-driving cars. Both automakers and Google objected to the regulations as written, saying that the requirement to comply with voluntary federal regulations issued last month would hobble their development efforts. Then, last night, Tesla Motors announced a.

Why do electric cars exist? Buyer demand? Legislation? Or VW?

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Owners love them, but modern electric cars have not made a large dent in sales of internal-combustion cars since becoming widely available five years ago. In fact, but for a few exceptions, electric cars essentially wouldn't exist without legislation aimed at lowering transportation-related carbon emissions. Tesla's success in raising the profile.

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So how about all-electric supersonic aircraft, then?

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Supersonic airliners haven't flown since 2003, when the last Concorde was retired. But could supersonic planes carrying large number of passengers make a comeback—and with electric power no less? That's the vision of Luke Workman, a designer of lithium-ion battery packs who believes all-electric supersonic aircraft are attainable. DON'T.

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Tesla Model 3: order books full already for 2017!

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Tesla unveiled its affordable Model 3 earlier this year, and it’s a car that promises to democratise electric vehicles. However, unless you’re one of.

Audi electric SUV to carry e-tron name (not Q6), a la first quattro

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We've known for sometime that Audi will launch an all-electric utility vehicle in 2018, but there has been some confusion about what it will be called. It was widely believed that the SUV would carry the Q6 e-tron name, stemming from both its position in the Audi lineup and its use of an electrified powertrain. But now it appears the electric SUV.

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Future VW electric-car concepts revealed in patent drawings

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As it tries to recover from the "Dieselgate" scandal, Volkswagen has gotten more serious about electric cars. At the recent 2016 Paris Motor Show, it unveiled the I.D. compact electric-car concept, and promised a future production model based on it. Now, it appears the ID could be the first of several electric-car concepts from VW. DON'T MISS: VW.

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Long-delayed BMW i8 Spyder plug-in hybrid due in 2018

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A convertible version of the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid coupe was teased as far back as the 2012 New York Auto Show, when the i8 Spyder concept first debuted. But while the i8 coupe went into production as a 2014 model, BMW has been unusually slow to approve a convertible version for production. BMW mentioned an i8 convertible during a March press.

27 teams advancing in $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE; converting CO2 to products

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XPRIZE announced the 27 teams representing six countries advancing in the $20-million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global competition to develop technologies that convert the most carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas and power plant facilities into products with the highest net value. Coal plant. Breathe (India). Coal plant. C4X (China).

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Company car coalition calls on government to stop planned salary sacrifice tax raid

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If you’re one of the 650,000 people who benefit from a salary sacrifice car scheme, the amount you are taxed could be changing soon. That’s unless t.

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Electric Corvette, BMW plug-in hybrid, Subaru prices, flow-cell car driven: Today's Car News

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Today, predictions on electric car sales, a new luxury plug-in hybrid sedan, why electric cars exist, and another zero-emission vehicle that would require huge infrastructure spending. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Haven't ordered your Tesla Model 3 yet? The company says new orders won't be delivered until 2018. At the earliest. Think.

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Cumulative plug-in vehicle sales topped 500K units in US in September

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Cumulative sales of plug-in vehicles in the US topped 500,000 units in September, according to figures gathered by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

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Seat Ateca available to businesses for four day extended test drive

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The Seat Ateca has been making waves since its official launch, offering quality and refinement that not only goes toe to toe with the Volkswagen Tigu. Fleet news SEAT Fleet ATECA

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VW 'annoyed' it won't get order for electric vans it didn't make

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Suppose you're one of the world's three largest automakers. You don't offer a type of vehicle that a relatively small but highly visible customer in your home market wants. Do you have the right to be annoyed if that customer designs those vehicles itself? DON'T MISS: USPS picks AM General to help build next-generation mail trucks Only.

Bolt EV sales, new Tesla sensors, unusual ethanol, BMW plug-in hybrids: The Week in Reverse

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Which electric cars are finalists for our 2017 Best Car To Buy award? What unusual source for making ethanol did researchers at a Federal lab discover? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, October 21, 2016. Friday, we noted that an executive from Korean battery.

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Plug-in hybrid next-generation Mini Countryman teased before launch

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The next generation Mini Countryman crossover utility vehicle will be the brand's first model to offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Its parent company BMW has released teaser images confirming an upcoming production plug-in hybrid. While it did not specifically say the model was a Countryman, the camouflaged prototype being driven by Mini.

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Dealers save $500 for car buyers, lobby group claims; 'false,' says Politifact

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Tesla Motors' direct-sales model for electric cars has rankled franchised auto dealers. Dealer associations have attempted to block Tesla direct sales in multiple states, and have undertaken public-relations campaigns extolling the virtues of the franchise model. One of the latest claims made by franchised dealers is that the traditional model.

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Chinese firm invests $27M with U of Michigan to advance autonomous vehicle research and development

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Frontt Capital Management Ltd, a Shenzhen-based investment firm focused on developing the intelligent vehicle industry in China, is making a $27-million investment to advance autonomous, connected vehicles and robotic technologies with the University of Michigan, along with industry and government partners. Jack Hu. —S. Jack Hu. —S.

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Nissan completes 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors; Mitsubishi joins Renault-Nissan Alliance

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Nissan Motor Co., has completed an acquisition of a 34% equity stake in Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) ( earlier post ) and has become its largest shareholder. As indicated in May, when Nissan outlined the deal, MMC is also becoming part of the global Alliance with Nissan and Renault. —Carlos Ghosn hr class="at-page-break" />. Earlier post.)

Carmakers must cut carbon rapidly to evolve, shareholders say

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Stricter global emissions standards are putting significant pressure on carmakers to improve fuel efficiency and make greater use of electric powertrains. But that may not be the sole force driving automakers toward reduced carbon emissions. Cutting emissions is also a priority for at least some of their investors, it seems. DON'T MISS: India, EU.

Chevrolet to introduce 20 new or refreshed vehicles in China through 2020; hybrids and PHEVs included

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Chevrolet will introduce more than 20 totally new or refreshed products in China, its second-largest market, by the end of 2020. Nearly 30% of the models will be SUVs; nearly half will be new nameplates for the China portfolio. Chevrolet has been offered in China since 2005 by SAIC-GM. Last year, the 4 millionth Chevrolet was sold in China. Brief

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Weekly round-up: tales from Tesla, we look at Fiat’s latest hits, and which cars have corporate cachet?

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This week saw Mars probe Schiaparelli destroyed when its parachutes failed to open, while back down on earth a sweet-toothed gorilla managed to escape.

Scotland shows path toward boosting renewable energy in a big way

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Scotland isn't known for having the most pleasant weather. But its persistent winds make the country a great place for renewable energy. Over the past few years, officials have overseen the construction of numerous wind turbines, in hopes of turning Scotland's weather into a useful resource. CHECK OUT: What Country Powered Itself Entirely On.