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Lexus ‘Scare’ Ad Angers Electric Car Fans

Sep 07, 14 Lexus ‘Scare’ Ad Angers Electric Car Fans

Posted by in Automotive, Technology

“Closely monitor charge status. Turn off A/C and radio to conserve power. Get lost searching for charger. Plug in and wait four hours. Repeat.” With those words in the latest Lexus ad campaign deriding fully electric cars, Toyota has made enemies of electric car fans in the U.S., who want to see more cars like the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi iMiEV and the Tesla Model S on the road.

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Tesla Dashes Texas’ Hope For Gigafactory

Sep 06, 14 Tesla Dashes Texas’ Hope For Gigafactory

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Dashing Texas' hopes, electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors confirmed Thursday that its $5 billion "gigafactory" battery plant will be built in Nevada, bringing with it an estimated 6,500 jobs. Industry experts said that Nevada simply had too many positives going for it for Texas to overcome.

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Qualcomm, BMW Join Up For Wireless Car Charging

Aug 27, 14 Qualcomm, BMW Join Up For Wireless Car Charging

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Wireless electric car charging is still a few years away from appearing on big-city streets, but the technology will make an appearance at the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Formula E Championship. BMW won the bid to provide four pace cars at the world’s first single-seat electric-car racing series.

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Formula E Wants To Make Electric Cars Sexy

Aug 25, 14 Formula E Wants To Make Electric Cars Sexy

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The world's first fully electric racing series wants to make electric vehicles sexy, but purists are skeptical of an event that won't offer the ear-splitting noise and choke-inducing exhaust fumes of traditional motorsports. Formula E will hold its first race in Beijing on Sept. 13, kicking off nine months of events that will take the championship to ten cities on at least four continents.

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Are Flying Cars Possible, Even Probable?

Aug 15, 14 Are Flying Cars Possible, Even Probable?

Posted by in Automotive, Technology

They could help to ease the problem of traffic congestion, but more importantly than that, they are incredibly exciting and very cool. Yet small, personal flying vehicles -- flying cars, as they are called -- have mostly only been talked about in fiction, and the possibility of them becoming an everyday reality is rarely spoken of.

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Hacking Group Wants To Play Nice With Automakers

Aug 15, 14 Hacking Group Wants To Play Nice With Automakers

Posted by in Automotive, Technology

A group of well-known hackers and security professionals are trying to build better ties with the auto industry in an effort to enlist their help in improving vehicle security. "I am the Calvary" is asking attendees at this weekend's Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas to sign an open letter to "Automotive CEOs" to ask them to implement basic guidelines to defend cars from cyber attacks.

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Watch Navdy Unveil ‘Google Glass For Your Car’

Aug 10, 14 Watch Navdy Unveil ‘Google Glass For Your Car’

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A new startup is aiming to change the way drivers interact with their smartphones by calling itself the “Google Glass for your car.” Navdy Inc. announced Tuesday the company is launching its pre-order campaign for a head-up display (HUD) that allows drivers to access their smartphone’s apps while also keeping their eyes on the road by using touchless gestures.

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World Land Speed Record Attempt

Jul 19, 14 World Land Speed Record Attempt

Posted by in At The Track, Automotive, Technology

Ever since I was a child watching my dad race around the local track in his stock car, power and speed has had a soft spot in my heart. Seeing cars go as fast as they can in a circle was exciting, but as I got older and dad didn’t race anymore, my attention focused on the drag strip.

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Meet “Rockzilla,” The 4×4 For A New Age

Jul 16, 14 Meet “Rockzilla,” The 4×4 For A New Age

Posted by in Automotive

In the movie theater, you have Godzilla. On TV, you have Bridezilla. Now, in your driveway, you can have Rockzilla. Although it started out as a Ford Excursion, it’s not your average, every day, run-of-the mill 4x4.

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King Cobra Prototype, 1970 Ford Torino

Jul 15, 14 King Cobra Prototype, 1970 Ford Torino

Posted by in At The Track, Automotive

I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s and owned quite a few cars of that era as a young adult. Although I owned a Torino once, I’ll have to say that I never saw a Ford Torino King Cobra, let alone heard of one, until today.

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