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Japan putting 'full weight' of government behind fuel-cell vehicles

The Japanese government is getting behind fuel-cell vehicles in a big way. This follows recent comments from a Toyota executive that battery-powered cars are not the future of long-range alternative fuel cars.

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Tesla tops Toyota as largest auto employer in California

Electric car maker continues to expand operations in the state, marking the return of a US automaker, following the shuttering of plants by GM, Ford, and Chrysler.

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The 404 1,486: Where we enlist citizen superheroes (podcast)

An app that enlists the help of CPR-certified citizens to help in local emergencies, proof that the Supreme Court knows squat about technology, the Tesla museum will soon become reality, what we can learn from putting an Oculus Rift on a chicken, and more!

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The 404 1,484: Where we fly like a bird (podcast)

Flying like a bird with the Birdly Oculus Rift simulator, permanently replacing side-view mirrors with digital cameras, sunglasses with "real world Instagram filter" lenses, and a price drop on the Xbox One, now offered without Kinect!

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New battery tech may lead to inexpensive, safer electric cars

Power Japan Plus announced its dual carbon battery technology, which promises longer-lasting and less expensive batteries for electric cars.

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The electric i3 is a departure from BMW's sports reputation in the US, but could spell an important future direction for the brand. The i3 was designed from the ground up to be an electric car, rather than a conversion of a gasoline model, but its average 100-mile range on a full charge doesn't help it stick out from other electric cars on the market.
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Do the BMW i3 and i8 electric cars pose a threat to Tesla?

A report on Barron's looks at BMW's long-term commitment to electric vehicles and suggests it represents a market threat to Tesla Motors.

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Tesla earnings beat the street, but shares tumble after hours

Electric carmaker reports $17 million in earnings and nearly 6,500 Model S deliveries, but that wasn't enough to satisfy investors.

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California to use 1 billion gallons less gasoline in six years?

A report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance charts reductions in gasoline use, and estimates future reductions due to CAFE and ZEV rules.

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Tesla gigafactory site choice due soon--Or, maybe two sites

Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn't just planning one site for the company's future battery gigafactory--he's actually looking at two.

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Amid bans, Tesla’s direct sales are embraced by FTC officials

As several states side with auto dealerships and ban direct-to-consumer car sales, three top FTC officials call the laws “protectionist” and “bad policy.”

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Nokia's future phones codenamed Superman, Moonraker and more

Devices in development are known inside Nokia by a range of pop culture codenames referencing Superman, James Bond, and Filipino soap operas.

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In the age of Prius and Tesla, can the Chevy Volt succeed? We ask GM.

After a little more than three years on the market, the plug-in hybrid Volt is approaching 60,000 units sold. Is that enough momentum to compete with the mind share of the Prius and Tesla? We ask General Motors.

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