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Nanotube film could heat electric cars without draining their batteries

While some electric cars may have a decent range in places like California, they're not so impressive in locations with frigid winters. That's because their battery is powering not only the motor, but also the cabin heating system. Now, however, engineers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation are developing new technology that could keep EV drivers warm, without leaving them stranded.

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Cruser Sport EVs could be coming to a neighborhood, sand dune or golf green near you

Perhaps you'd like to own an electric car, but you simply can't afford something highway-worthy like a Tesla or Leaf. Well, if most of your trips are made up of short jaunts within your neighborhood, you may be able to get away with a slower-but-cheaper electric runabout. Eco-Cruise recently launched just such a vehicle, in the form of its Cruser Sport.

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3,000-hp Venturi VBB-3 battles wet salt to set electric land speed record

Spill a little water in your salt shaker, and the salt quickly becomes clumpy and useless. Wet salt isn't all that useful in land speed record racing, either. Wet conditions and bad weather shut down Bonneville Speed Week for the second year in a row this summer, and they didn't much help Venturi and Ohio State in their electric land speed record hopes last week. The team battled through, and while the VBB-3 streamliner didn't reach the high speeds it's capable of, it did set a new category world record of 240.320 mph (386.757 km/h).

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Audi officially announces e-tron SUV concept for Frankfurt reveal

An all-electric Audi SUV concept has long been expected for debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. This week, Audi confirmed that those expectations will be met, providing some initial details about the new e-tron quattro concept. The concept previews a production model scheduled for a 2018 launch and emphasizes that "electric driving at Audi is a pleasure, not a compromise."

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