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Why you can’t order a Toyota Prius with a roof-mounted solar panel

Toyota will offer the plug-in hybrid variant of the Prius with a roof-mounted solar panel in Japan and in Europe. We won't see the panel -- which boosts efficiency by 10 percent -- in the U.S. until later in the production run.
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British Olympian Chris Hoy trades his bicycle for a Nissan Le Mans race car

British Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy will race at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend, driving a Nissan-powered LMP2-class prototype car. He's the first Summer Olympic medalist to race at Le Mans.
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Mercedes-Benz will have you covered for every kind of motor in the next few years

The mobility industry is going electric, but Mercedes-Benz and parent company Daimler are investing in cleaner versions of all power types. Daimler is investing in diesel, gasoline, fuel cell, mild- and high-power hybrid, and electric…
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Move over, Siri: Watson rides shotgun in this IBM-powered autonomous car

IBM and Local Motors have debuted Olli, a self-driving vehicle powered by Watson. The 12-passenger electric car uses cloud-based cognitive computing to allow natural conversations between man and machine.
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NHTSA autonomous car guidelines coming by July

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to issue its first set of guidelines for self-driving cars in July. The guidelines will not be law but will provide direction for federal and state regulators.
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Teslas could be for sale soon in a Nordstrom near you

Elon Musk wants to sell Teslas directly to consumers, not through car dealers. Combine those two facts and selling at Nordstrom makes sense. A pilot program in a Los Angeles Nordstrom will be a showroom only, until Tesla procures a dealer…
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While real racers battle at Le Mans, gamers compete in Audi’s ’24 Hours of LeForza’

Audi will host the "24 Hours of LeForza," a virtual endurance race on Forza Motorsport 6 to celebrate the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where the German carmaker will compete for a 14th overall win.
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Starting in 2030, all new cars registered in Germany must have zero emissions

With no progress in CO2 levels since 1990, Germany is stepping up its game to reduce emissions. All new cars in 2030 must have zero emissions. Interim goals will help, but cleaner cars will play a role in overall cleaner air in Germany.
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LIquidPiston’s tiny but powerful rotary engine could usher in a new era for drones

“We started with the mission statement of building an engine that would have much higher efficiency, consume less fuel, be smaller, and quieter,” says Nikolay Shkolnik. “We wanted to create an engine that is better than…