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Much has being made about the BMW Concept X5 eDrive following its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show last year. Shortly after its debut, a prototype was seen testing out on the road. Now, a refreshed version of the concept is headed to the 2014 New York Auto Show .

Whether this is a production model labeled as a concept or simply another prototype is a question that only BMW can answer. For the most part, there have been a few changes from the first concept we saw back in September last year.

What we do know is that there appears to be a future for the Concept X5 eDrive at some point. It may not be in the coming months, but years down the line, we expect this vehicle to be out on the road. The hybrid, luxury SUV market is still growing, and its only a matter of time before BMW jumps into the picture and announces its plans to be a strong competitor in it.

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Red Bull pulls out the computer-generated stops in this video, explaining in amazing graphic detail the changes within Formula One ’s 2014 rulebook . The changes are numerous and extensively alter the race cars ’ makeup, but as Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel elaborate in the short video, will make the cars more powerful, fuel efficient, and safer.

The main changes consist of a new nose, front wing, rear wing, engine, transmission, and enhanced energy recovery system. Starting with the engine, the V-8 and seven-speed transmission are swapped out for a turbocharged 1.6-liter, V-6 and new eight-speed gearbox. The V-6 features a higher compression ratio, a massive turbo and a new rev limiter set to 15,000 rpm. However, teams are now allotted only five complete engines per season rather than eight.

Helping the V-6 out is the energy recovery system. It now has two generator units producing an extra 160 horsepower on top of the 600 horsepower from the engine. The new generator gathers rotational energy from a turbo-like spool within the exhaust system while the carryover generator still uses regenerative braking. Collecting all that power is a battery pack capable of holding 10 times the amount of energy – giving the car 33 seconds of battery power per lap over the 6.6 seconds of the outgoing unit.

The Formula One season begins March 14 in Melbourne, Australia and will continue through the end of November.

Tesla Model S

Allow me to get this off of my chest ahead of time. You all know that I love Tesla , but what you likely do not know is how much I loathe Apple and everything it produces. From the Macbook all the way to the iPod Nano, I can’t stand it. I’ll spare you the gory details of my hatred for fear of igniting a nerd war...

With that in mind, imaging my panic when the rumors of Apple buying/merging with Tesla started flaring up. Well, those have fortunately died down and Telsla’s Elon Musk squashed the rumors, but that is not the end of the Apple/Tesla news. A report indicates that Apple’s head of mergers and acquisitions met with Musk last spring, but likely not on the topic of acquiring the electric car supergiant; rather, the most likely situation is that Apple is interested in being a part of Tesla’s "Gigafactory" project.

Apple is well known for dealing in green factories, and what greener of a factory than this one that will more than double the world’s output of lithium-ion batteries? It’s very obvious that Apple has serious interest in Tesla, but after Elon Musk made it clear that the company is not for sale. this is the most likely route for Apple to take in order to get a small slice of the Tesla pie.

Not only would this add a new revenue stream to Apple, but it would also alleviate some of the costs that Tesla will endure and give apple better access to more lithium-ion batteries at a significantly cheaper price. It’s a win-win, so I can’t see any reason for a deal like this to not take place.

What do you guys think; are these two tech giants about to make a deal for this factory or are we all sadly mistaken? Let me know in the comments below.

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BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid

Our spy photographers have yet again captured the 3 Series Hybrid out in the wild – this time, with even less camo on. The recharging door just aft of the driver-side front tire is clearly visible. Even with the missing camo, the 3 still sports its “Hybrid Test Vehicle” sticker on the driver’s door; eliminating all doubt of this car’s future green intentions.

Like we said before , not much is know about the hybrid system that BMW is employing here, but our best guess is something similar to what the X5 eDrive was testing with: a turbocharged four-cylinder paired to a 95-horsepower electric motor and advanced Li-ion battery pack. In the X5 application , the combo was good for a 0 to 60 time of less than seven seconds. An all-electric range of roughly 20 miles and a reported average of 62 mph combined when both systems worked simultaneously.

The 3 Series Hybrid would likely outperform its SUV brethren, as its lighter weight and lower center of gravity would help it achieve better fuel consumption numbers and better times around a track.

With all these pictures surfacing, it’s highly likely that BMW will bring a hybrid model to its wildly popular 3 Series lineup. Only time will tell, however. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for all the latest spy photos and info as it becomes available.

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Last week Tesla undertook a world-record continental crossing with what it dubbed the Tesla Cross Country Rally. The goal was simple; take a pair of Model S sedans from Los Angeles to New York while spending an absolute minimum of time charging by using the new Supercharger network.

As if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, the team decided to take a northern route during what has been one of this country’s worst winters in decades. Along the journey the team encountered temperatures well below zero, closed interstates, and more than a foot of snow in some places.

Despite all these challenges, a full seventy-six hours after leaving Los Angeles, the team rolled into New York City. The total trip was 3,427 miles and the team only spent 15 hours and 57 minutes tied to a charger.

The going was tough enough that one of the gasoline powered support vehicles for the trip suffered a breakdown.

I was part of a cross country record attempt last year with Audi , and I can attest that this type of journey is anything but easy. It is a grueling punishment of your mental and physical health. Aside from the sleep deprivation, sitting in a car for that length causes cramps, muscle spasms and many other maladies.

I personally applaud Tesla for their outstanding effort.

If you would like to see some of the crazy weather they traveled through, as well as see a few more facts about the journey, click the play button on the video we have above.

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Hybrids and plug-ins are becoming big business these days and even the generally performance-oriented big dogs are getting in on the action. Spy photographers just recently snapped these photos of a modified 3 Series during some cold-weather testing.

If the “Hybrid Test Vehicle” sticker on the driver’s door didn’t spell it out well enough, the hint of an electric charging port door just aft of the left, front tire should provide a hint to what BMW ’s working on. BMW’s iconic 3 Series is going electric. At least just partially.

Not much is know about the powertrain of this test mule, but we’d suspect it’s a similar set up to what BMW was testing with in the X5 eDrive . It featured a turbocharged four-cylinder paired to a 95-horsepower electric motor and advanced Li-ion batter back. The combo was good for a 0-60 time of less than seven seconds and an all-electric range of roughly 20 miles. Fuel consumption is said to average 62 mpg when both systems work simultaneously.

That gas engine, electric motor-combination would likely result in more impressive performance numbers in the lighter, smaller 3 Series. Pure speculation through educated guessing have us figuring the BMW 3 eDrive could achieve closer to 25 miles of all-electric driving and an increased overall fuel efficiency of 65 mpg. The X5’s all-electric top speed is 75 mph, but with less wind resistance, the 3 would likely reach closer to 80 or 90 mph.

Only time will tell as BMW develops this and it i-line vehicles, like the upcoming i3 and smokin’ hot i8.

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Kia continued its eco-onslaught today at the Chicago Auto Show when it introduced the 2014 Optima Hybrid. It features a revised exterior design similar to the refresh the base gasoline sedan just received heightens the visuals, while some specific hybrid additions increase aerodynamic efficiency. Tons of high-tech equipment and increased levels of safety make this Optima Hybrid sedan ready to storm the market.

The new Optima Hybrid’s gas-electric combination powertrain is good for 199 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to this hybrid setup, Kia is promising an EPA-estimated 36 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway, and a combined overall fuel economy of 38 mpg.

The latest Kia Optima sedan has been garnering lots of praise since its refresh this year, and it is nice to see this same level of refinement being applied to the Hybrid . The new design is both and refreshing in a world of “me-too” sedan styling.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Optima Hybrid.

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The Chicago Auto Show has officially arrived and Kia is getting things started off with a few milestone announcements; starting with the all-new 2015 Soul EV.

The Soul EV represents the first ever all-electric , zero-emissions vehicle from the Korean company on U.S. soil. On top of its electric propulsion system, the Kia EV was recognized by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) for integrating more than 20 bio-friendly materials in the construction.

Kia is promising up to 100 miles of “real world” range out of its lithium battery and says that interior space is barely impacted by the addition of the addition of the electron storage.

Kia hopes to have the new Soul EV in dealerships by this fall with California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland as the first markets. These regions were chosen for their relatively large EV infrastructures.

Has Kia finally created a stylish and practical EV that buyers are looking for?

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Soul EV.

Tesla Model S

It’s been a while since we’ve heard an update on Tesla , as it’s remained relatively quiet for the past few months — except for the fire issues. Well the silence is now broken, as the always-vocal Elon Musk has confirmed that the Model S will receive and all-wheel-drive option.

We already assumed that this was in the works, given the Model X — Tesla’s upcoming SUV — will be all-wheel drive and that it will share some of its drivetrain with its sedan sibling. We expect to see the Model X sometime in 2015, so the AWD version of the Model S will likely arrive in the late 2015 model year or early 2016.

Imagining the extra traction in bad weather is awesome, but what really gets me amped up is the thought of how this will affect the performance of the already fast sedan. The Model S Performance already hits 60 mph in an insane 4.2 seconds, and AWD may push that down into the sub-4-second range, rivaling gas-guzzling supercars .

On top of this fantastic news, Musk also outlined plans to release higher-capacity batteries for next year, and how he expects the new "giga factory" to reduce battery costs by up to 40 percent, making Tesla cars more affordable.

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Do you want a Toyota Camry Hybrid that looks less boring? Toyota believes you do, and so for the 2014.5 lineup, Toyota is releasing the Camry Hybrid SE Limited Edition. This is the same 40-plus-mpg Camry Hybrid you know and love, but it has been given an extra dose of visual pizzazz, thanks to a full body kit that includes a unique front fascia, new headlamps, side rockers, rear bumper and valence, and a rear spoiler. The SE Limited Edition also comes with 17-inch wheels and low-profile tires.

If this looks like the perfect new car for you, you need to run to the dealership immediately, as Toyota says that only 5,000 of these will be built. Since it is based on the standard Camry SE, the SE Limited Edition Hybrid will be offered all the same great colors as the SE, but will feature unique badging to identify its significance.

I have a hard time believing that there is a huge market of buyers that were holding off on purchasing a Camry Hybrid based on looks alone, but Toyota is a multi-billion dollar organization and I am not. They probably know best.

The Camry Hybrid SE Limited Edition will carry a sticker price $27,845 — a $1,500 premium over the standard car — and it will be available with an upgrade package that adds a moonroof and the Display Audio stereo with Navigation. Price for the Upgrade package is $2,215.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid.


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