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Automotive

All-electric Rapide to enter production by 2018

Last October, Aston Martin revealed an all-electric RapidE concept car at a China state visit to the UK. This was followed up at CES in January by showing a Rapide S that incorporated an Internet of the Vehicle (IOV) system from Chinese technology company LeTV, (now known as LeEco). Now the two companies have reinforced their partnership by signing a deal that will see an all-electric Rapide on the market by 2018.Read More

Automotive

Riversimple launches Rasa, a hydrogen-powered city car for the masses

A new hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle prototype has been launched with a claimed fuel economy equivalent to 250 mpg (88.5 km/l). Dubbed "Rasa", the new car has a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque shell, in-wheel electric motors, a bank of supercapacitors charged by braking-regeneration, and a host of other features that enable it to travel up to a claimed 300 miles (483 km) on just a 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) tank of hydrogen.Read More

Automotive

Two new hybrid Optimas electrify Chicago

Kia has introduced two new electrified versions of its Optima sedan at the Chicago Auto Show, both of which are slated for production as 2017 model year vehicles. The first is the 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid, which is claimed to improve fuel economy by 10 percent over the current Optima Hybrid, while an all-new Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid will be the first PHEV for the Korean automaker.Read More

Motorcycles Review

First ride: Zero launches crazy-quick DSR dual-sport in California

Zero Motorcycles has made evolutionary changes to its silent but deadly 2016 lineup, with improvements to battery chemistry, range, efficiency and heat management. There's also two new models – the FXS supermoto and the DSR (above), a dual sport platform that now features the full splendour of the high-power SR motor and powertrain. Gizmag visited Zero in Santa Cruz, California, to catch up with the team and check out the new toys.Read More

Automotive

California to get utility-owned EV charging stations with dynamic pricing

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved a pilot program that will see public utility San Diego Gas & Electric install and operate 3,500 new charging stations for electric vehicles. Charges for plugging in to charge an electric vehicle will vary according to time of day in a scheme meant to encourage off-peak charging when renewable power sources are more plentiful.Read More

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