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postheadericon Renault introduces new ‘get you home’ guarantee for electric vehicles, but there’s a catch


European auto-maker Renault wants EV buyers to know that if you run out of juice, it’s got your back. Dubbed the “get you home” guarantee, the company will provide you with a loaner while they recharge your dead locomotive’s battery. Of course, the offer only stands if it’s due to ‘uncontrollable circumstances’ like inclement weather or unwieldy traffic, so don’t just start trying to push that recommended range tough guy. The new policy should give folks without many charging stations or PlugShare participants nearby some added peace of mind. Sure beats having to wait for Enterprise to come pick you up, huh?

Renault introduces new ‘get you home’ guarantee for electric vehicles, but there’s a catch originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Mar 2011 08:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Porsche gives 911 GT3 R hybrid more power, less weight — swears it wasn’t fat or anything

There are two ways to make a car go faster, add power or subtract weight, and Porsche has done a little bit of both to its new 911 GT3 R hybrid racer in preparation for this year’s Nürburgring 24-hour race. Porsche took last year’s version, put it on a 50kg diet, and bumped the output of each of the car’s two KERS-powered front-wheel electric motors by 21hp (giving drivers 202 ‘lectric horses and 480 of the ICE variety for a pavement-melting 682hp total). The boys from Stuttgart hope the Jenny Craig routine will improve performance, fuel economy, and the car’s chances of winning the endurance event in June. The hybrid-drive technology — originally sourced from Williams’ F1 cars — made an appearance in the firm’s 918 RSR hybrid and is largely unchanged from the 2010 model. Unfortunately, this is a racing-only situation, what with the KERS flywheel riding shotgun, but we’re sure one of the hundreds of other technologically-inclined 911 variants will sate your need for speed.

Porsche gives 911 GT3 R hybrid more power, less weight — swears it wasn’t fat or anything originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Mar 2011 23:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Tesla Model S will support third-party apps and text-to-voice, red lights will never be the same

Now that pretty much every gizmo from your smartphone to TV has apps available for it, what’s the next logical frontier? Of course, your car! Yesterday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told Cleantech Forum attendees in San Francisco that the upcoming Model S would indeed come with support for third-party applications to run on that monster 17-inch infotainment console. We’re happy to see the company encouraging developers to put that Tegra chip to good use, though we can’t help but worry about the myriad distractions that could come along with it. Of course, we’re still in the dark about what OS is powering the whole shebang, but we’re sure there will be a port of Angry Birds before you can come to a complete stop.

Tesla Model S will support third-party apps and text-to-voice, red lights will never be the same originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Mar 2011 13:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Visualized: Schumacher’s F1 racing Mercedes, exploded drawing style

Even if you’re not into race cars, well, you can appreciate the museum-quality beauty of this, can you not? Hit the source for more photos.

Visualized: Schumacher’s F1 racing Mercedes, exploded drawing style originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 Mar 2011 04:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Transportation secretary Ray LaHood: no restrictions (yet) on in-car information

Worried that the fancy-schmancy SYNC system you just ordered up in your Mustang will soon be outlawed? Fret not, speed demon. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will reportedly not push for restrictions on handsfree phones or in-car technology until “the government conducts further research.” There are generally two prevailing trains of thought: one feels that any type of calling — be it handsfree or otherwise — is a terrible distraction to the driver, while the other feels that properly integrated technology is safe enough for use on the road. As the story goes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently investigating whether systems like SYNC post a “cognitive distraction,” while some automakers suggest that motorists are going to goof off with their phone anyway — might as well make it as safe as possible for ’em. Of course, things could change in short order once this so-called “research” gets finalized, but for now, feel free to request that your OnStar system read on to the next post. Your OnStar system can read Engadget, right?

Transportation secretary Ray LaHood: no restrictions (yet) on in-car information originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 Mar 2011 09:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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