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Watch a Porsche Taycan break the Guinness World Record for an EV drift

Porsche If you’ve ever kicked out the tail of your car, you’re aware of the razor-thin line between a clean drift and a wild spin. Now, imagine holding that knife edge for 55 minutes over a marathon distance of 26.2 miles. That’s exactly what Porsche driving instructor Dennis Retera pulled off in a Porsche Taycan …

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Uber’s expanded rewards program offers Apple Music and HBO Max perks

Uber Uber’s rewards program is becoming much more flexible than it was back in 2018. The ride- and food-ordering company has overhauled the program to not only let you redeem more often, but choose from a larger pool of options. To start, you no longer have to wait to earn exactly 500 points to claim …

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Electrify America rolls out a ‘plug and pay’ charging system

Electrify America Electrify America is looking to simplify the payment process at its charging stations. The company has rolled out a system called Plug & Charge, which can automatically take care of payment when you connect a compatible electric vehicle.  Electrify America now has more than 500 charging stations across the US, with more than …

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GM recalls 68,000 Chevy Bolt EVs after reports of battery fires

Roberto Baldwin/Engadget You might need to take your Chevy Bolt in for major service. Detroit News and The Verge report that GM is recalling 68,677 Bolt EVs (50,900 in the US) to help it identify the causes of five battery fires between 2017 and 2019. The car maker has found some common elements behind the …

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BMW’s iX is a flagship electric SUV with 300 miles of range

BMW is finally showing the production version of its iNext electric vehicle after seemingly endless teasing. TechCrunch reports that BMW used its #NEXTGen2020 event to introduce the iX, an electric SUV that represents major strides forward from early EVs like the i3. Most notably, the EV boasts a more competitive powerplant than earlier models. BMW …

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Tesla’s updated Full Self-Driving beta needs fewer human interventions

Xinhua/Ding Ting via Getty Images Tesla’s Full Self-Driving beta is already making some significant (and arguably needed) strides forward. Electrek says the automaker has rolled out an update that, according to Elon Musk, should reduce the need for human intervention by about a third. He didn’t elaborate on what led to the improvements besides more …

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Ford will use its Escape SUV to power a self-driving car service

Ford With the unveiling of its latest autonomous test vehicle, Ford believes it’s one step closer to offering a commercial self-driving car service (via NBC News). In a new Medium post, the automaker detailed its fourth-generation autonomous test vehicle, claiming in the process that it includes all the technologies the company needs for commercialization.   “With …

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Tesla restores free premium in-car internet for some owners

Roberto Baldwin/Engadget Tesla currently reserves some of its in-car internet features for paying subscribers, but it might be making an exception for some owners. Drivers talking to Electrek say they’re suddenly receiving Premium Connectivity features for free, including satellite maps and media streaming over cellular. The company appears to have changed its eligibility requirements for …

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Tesla increases the range for existing Model Y EVs through an update

ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images You don’t have to buy a new car to get a range upgrade from Tesla, at least for the right model. Electrek reports that Tesla is pushing a software update that improves the range of existing Model Y crossovers. The exact gains aren’t clear, but one Long Range driver said …

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Renault’s Mégane eVision concept offers a look at its future EV lineup

Renault Renault has unveiled the Mégane eVision, a key concept car that previews not just the future Megane hatchback, but its entire EV lineup and others in the Renault/Nissan/Mitsubishi alliance. The styling is based on the Renault Morphoz concept along with some cues from Nissan’s Ariya, and uses the CMF-EV platform first unveiled with the …

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