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Google Maps adds eco-friendly routing options to save fuel and reduce emissions

Google Maps is rolling out a fairly significant feature update to its Android and iOS apps to give folks an option to aid in reducing vehicle emissions. It’s called eco-friendly routing, and while it was announced a couple of weeks ago, we’re just starting to see it show up on our phones. Essentially, Google Maps …

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Rolls-Royce Black Badge Models Honor the Heritage

Traditional Rolls-Royce customers and many old-school enthusiasts tend to scoff at the idea of the brand’s Black Badge models. Designed to appeal to younger audiences, Rolls-Royce Black Badge cars are more about being dark and stylish than being traditionally luxurious. That new style, having started in 2016, typically annoys the old-hat enthusiasts but Black Badge …

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University teams will race autonomous open-wheel cars at Indy for $1M

Nine teams comprising students from 21 universities are headed to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week to compete as finalists in the Indy Autonomous Challenge. The teams’ autonomous open-wheel cars will compete for $1 million in prize money care of a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The race track has long been a testbed for on-road …

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Hot Wheels ultra-rare, detailed Mercedes Gullwing comes with IWC watch

Hot Wheels are easy to collect — they’re fun even if you’re an adult, the catalog is huge, and above all they’re cheap. One exception to the last point is a Mercedes-Benz 300SL developed jointly between the toymaker and watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen. Sold with a matching watch, it’s one of the rarest and most …

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Toyota to build U.S. battery plant with 1,750 jobs in $3.4 billion plan

DETROIT — Toyota plans to build a new $1.29 billion factory in the U.S. to manufacture batteries for gas-electric hybrid and fully electric vehicles. The move comes amid a flurry of global announcements about shoring up production of batteries for electric vehicles. Most automakers are working to transition away from internal combustion engines to zero …

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BMW 3 Series Electric “NK1” Will Use Sixth-Gen Electric Powertrain

When it comes to developing EV powertrains, there’s really one attribute that matters above all else — efficiency; how many miles per kWh it can muster and how it can minimize waste. With the upcoming electric BMW 3 Series, dubbed “NK1”, BMW will be debuting its sixth-generation electric powertrain, which is said to have an …

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