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Tesla Owners Sue, Say Car Not 'Insane' Enough

Model S acceleration mode doesn't go fast enough, Norway suit says

(Newser) - Tesla owners in Norway are suing the electric-car maker, claiming the car's "insane mode" of acceleration is too, well, sane. The lawsuit filed by 126 owners of the P85D version of the Model S sedan says it falls short of claims it can go from 0 to 60mph... More »

This Car Goes Farther Than a Tesla on a Single Charge

Chevy Bolt can go 238 miles

(Newser) - The Chevy Bolt, an all-electric car coming to US dealerships this year, has Tesla beat in at least one big way: It can go 238 miles on one charge; the Tesla Model S only goes 208, and Elon Musk says the forthcoming Model 3 is aiming to be able to... More »

Tesla Hits a 'Profound Milestone'

100kWh battery extends range, amps up acceleration

(Newser) - Tesla on Tuesday introduced a car battery that's being hailed for two reasons: its ability to power an electric vehicle 315 miles on one charge, and the fact that it makes a four-door sedan the fastest accelerating production car (with an *; more on that below). The Wall Street ... More »

87% of Drivers Could Switch to Electric Car With Little Hassle

Almost all daily driving needs fall within once-a-day charging range

(Newser) - Drivers are generally leery of electric cars over the simple fear that the battery's charge will run out and leave them stranded. But now researchers from MIT and the Santa Fe Institute report in Nature Energy that range anxiety is overblown in the vast majority of the US. They... More »

Norway Probably Banning Sale of Gas-Powered Cars by 2025

Nearly a quarter of cars sold there are electric

(Newser) - Norway is banning the sale of gas-powered cars starting in 2025, Quartz reports. Maybe. While Electrek cites a Dutch newspaper claiming all four of Norway's political parties have signed off on the ban, only the two left-leaning parties have confirmed it. According to Gizmodo , the ban is "not... More »

Tesla Racks Up 'Unprecedented' Sales With Model 3

New electric car, not even available until late 2017, has 276K preorders

(Newser) - Electric cars used to be a quaint novelty for a niche demographic. But the throngs trying to nab one of Tesla's new Model 3 sedans are turning a one-time fad into a phenomenon. The Washington Post reports that in two days' time, 276,000 people preordered its latest vehicle,... More »

Tesla Model 3: 7 Things to Know

Nearly 200,000 people have pre-ordered the electric car

(Newser) - Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's newest electric vehicle , the Tesla Model 3, Thursday night in California, and the hype was strong. Thousands upon thousands of people lined up at Tesla dealerships to reserve the vehicle, which isn't even scheduled to be released until December 2017. But that's what... More »

Is This Bonkers-Looking Car the Future of Electric Vehicles?

It sure looks like Batman would think so

(Newser) - If you haven't heard about Faraday Future, let us get you up to speed. The mysterious electric car company founded amidst much secrecy 18 months ago finally unveiled its first concept car—the completely bonkers-looking FFZERO1—Monday night at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Here are five... More »

44 Tech Leaders Want to Let VW Off the Hook —Kind Of

'Cure the air, not the cars'

(Newser) - More than 40 technology leaders have proposed a radical solution for how Volkswagen can fix its emissions-test-cheating vehicles: don't. Instead Quartz reports the 44 signers—including Tesla's Elon Musk—of a letter sent to the California Air Resources Board on Thursday suggest putting all the money and resources... More »

Apple Accused of Poaching Electric-Battery Engineers

It's another sign the company is trying to build a car

(Newser) - The big rumor in Silicon Valley is that Apple is trying to build an electric car . And while the company isn't confirming, a new lawsuit sure seems to support the idea. Reuters reports that a company named A123 Systems is suing Apple for poaching its engineers. And what does... More »

Is Apple Secretly Working on an Electric Car?

Wall Street Journal says several hundred people are on the project

(Newser) - Might a Google self-driving car someday slam into an Apple electric car on the highway? It seems so: The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has "several hundred" employees working on a secret project to build an electric car. The story makes clear that the so-called "Project Titan"... More »

New Batteries Take 2 Minutes to Recharge 70%

And they last 20 years

(Newser) - In a piece of good news for both the environment and impatient people, scientists in Singapore are announcing a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that takes only two minutes to reach a 70% charge. What's more, the batteries last about 20 years, Science Daily reports. The key to the quick charge... More »

Hybrid, Electric Car Sales Running Out of Gas

Market isn't living up to expectations

(Newser) - Gas prices have been pretty flat lately, and the automobile industry is responding with its best August sales figures in a decade. But hybrid and electric cars appear to be the casualty, with sales accounting for 3.6% of all vehicles sold thus far in 2014, down from 3.7%... More »

Car Maker Tesla Open Its Patents to All

Elon Musk goes open source, says it will help electric-car industry overall

(Newser) - Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles. Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised today to give away the company's entire patent portfolio to all comers, as long as they promised not... More »

NY Man Drives to Florida and Back, Spends $0

Michael Fritts' trip may make him a world record holder

(Newser) - A former truck driver may have set a new record for driving his electric car from New York City to Miami and back: 58 hours and 15 minutes—and he did it all without spending a penny. Michael Fritts, who charged his Tesla Model S for free along the way,... More »

Driver Jailed After Taking Nickel's Worth of Electricity

Cops say he plugged into school's juice without permission

(Newser) - Here's a weird twist in the brave new world of electric cars: A driver ended up in jail on theft charges after plugging into a school's outlet without permission. The kicker: He got maybe 5 cents worth of juice for his trouble, reports 11Alive . The mess began when... More »

Feds Digging Into Tesla Car Fires

Elon Musk: There's 'no safer car on the road'

(Newser) - Tesla is facing more scrutiny following three car fires in six weeks. First, investors launched a lawsuit; now, the government is getting involved, USA Today reports. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now investigating two of the fires, both of which occurred after Model S undercarriages hit debris on... More »

Tesla Considering Electric Pickup Truck

Elon Musk hints at next vehicle Tesla may tackle

(Newser) - Elon Musk, billionaire entrepreneur and founder of Tesla Motors, hinted at some very exciting news for his electric car company at a recent Business Insider conference. The CEO revealed that Tesla's next electric vehicle may be a full-size pickup truck. Why pickups? Probably because 3 of the top 5... More »

Model S Burns, Tesla Stock Dives

Electric car went up in flames after collision

(Newser) - Electric car company Tesla was jolted by a 6% dive in its share price yesterday after a video surfaced showing its all-electric Model S on fire near Seattle following a collision. The driver told authorities that the vehicle caught fire after he struck some metal debris on the highway, the... More »

In S. Korea, Roads Power Electric Buses

City electrifies its roads to power public vehicles

(Newser) - The future is now—in the South Korean city of Gumi, anyway, which just enabled 15 miles of road to recharge electric cars as they drive along, Business Insider reports. Cables about a foot underground generate a 20-kHz electromagnetic field, which is absorbed by a coil in the bottom of... More »

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