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June 22, 2016

From The Car Connection:

Dodge Viper ends production after 2017 model year

Earlier today, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued a press release celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Dodge Viper. Unfortunately, part of the festivities involve killing it.

BMW i3 batteries will become energy storage systems for the home

First, there was the Powerwall, the wall-mounted battery from Tesla Motors designed to store electricity generated by solar panels and help consumers escape the grid. Sensing the start of a trend, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan followed suit, offering sleek-looking batteries that double as energy storage solutions and conversation pieces.

Porsche engineer: Tesla's 'Ludicrous' mode is 'a facade'

Volkswagen's commitment to electric cars might be iffy, but according to Automobile, at least one engineer at its Porsche subsidiary is in it to win it--and by "it", we mean the electrification game.

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato concept, 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato concept, 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

From Motor Authority:

Aston Martin to build 99 Vanquish Zagato coupes

The gorgeous Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato concept unveiled during May’s 2016 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este will see production, the British automaker has confirmed.

Tesla makes moves to acquire SolarCity, paves way for transition to energy provider

Tesla on Tuesday made the surprise announcement  it is seeking to acquire solar panel installation firm SolarCity via a share swap deal. The two companies are already closely linked with Tesla CEO and Chairman Elon Musk also Chairman of SolarCity.

2018 Aston Martin Vantage spy shots

The second model in Aston Martin’s brand renaissance has been spotted. The car is the new Vantage which will bow next year as a 2018 model.

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

From Green Car Reports:

Toyota hints it may be more friendly toward electric cars: report

Toyota has shown very little interest in battery-electric cars. The company has taken the position that hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell powertrains are more practical choices when it comes to reducing emissions.

Panasonic to build electric-car battery cells at Tesla gigafactory this year: report

Panasonic is currently Tesla's sole supplier of battery cells for its electric cars, and a partner in the carmaker's massive lithium-ion cell "gigafactory" in Nevada. The factory is supposed to allow the economy of scale for Tesla Motors to achieve a promised $35,000 base price (before Federal, state, and local incentives) for its upcoming 215-mile Model 3 mass-market car.

Has Germany's long love affair with diesels finally collapsed?

It's been 80 years since the first Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicle went into volume production. Over that time, German makers have developed, refined, and promoted the combustion-ignition engine as a more fuel-efficient method of powering personal vehicles.

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