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Electric Vehicles


— Environment

Advanced solar-powered cars gear up for grueling World Solar Challenge

If you're looking to bring together the world's brightest budding engineers to push solar technology to its very limits, then there may be no better backdrop than the dusty, sun-drenched expanses of central Australia. The biennial World Solar Challenge will kick off this Sunday, with competitors set to cover a monster 3,000 km (1,864 mi) journey from Darwin, Northern Territory to Adelaide, South Australia in cars powered purely by the sun. As hopefuls from all over the globe ready their rides for the ultimate in solar-powered endurance racing, here's a quick look at some of the interesting vehicle designs, who's new to the party and a few that have been around the block before.

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— Motorcycles

Zero motorcycles announces improved 2016 models

California-based Zero Motorcycles has unveiled its 2016 model lineup in preparation for the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Florida. If you were hoping to see a long-range Zero electric motorcycle with an aerodynamic fairing, 2016 is not your year. Instead, there’s an all-new motor and increased battery efficiency to improve range, thermal performance and battery capacities across the board, triple-speed charging with the new Charge Tank accessory, and a couple of new models – the DSR and FXS – to add to the family.

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— Automotive

Artega puts you behind the handlebars of an electric "road ATV"

The highlight of Artega's booth at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show was quite clearly the Scalo sports car, but the newly revived German outfit also applied its electric powertrain know-how to another debut show vehicle. An all-electric, sit-atop four-wheeler, the Karo is designed to combine the feel of a jet ski, ATV and motor scooter. It's a two-seat, road-going "fun mobile."

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— Automotive

In pictures: 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show roundup

We've taken a look at the notable debuts, the concept cars and the large vehicles of this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, but there was plenty more to see at the biggest auto show in the world. Here we check in on the smaller debuts, features and oddities from around the show – everything from classic cars, to futuristic autonomous concepts, to water toys with aftermarket body kits.

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