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BMW Unveils One of a Kind X6 in Vantablack

To hype up the world premiere of the third-generation BMW X6, the world’s first and only vehicle in Vantablack will be unveiled at this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The name Vantablack has already become synonymous with an entire range of extremely black coatings and paints such as VBx2. It contains an acronym of the technology enabling this superior black in its first two syllables, which stand for Vertically Aligned Nano Tube Array, a matrix made out of carbon. Each of these carbon nanotubes has a length of 14 to 50…

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So, BMW Wants to Build Networks of Elevated Cycling Paths

In its first century as a company, BMW has made industrial engines, motorcycles, Steve Urkel’s Isetta, and a whole lot of cars. Now, it wants to build something altogether new: an elevated bike path. This week, the automaker’s somewhat redundantly named Research, New Technologies, Innovations division, based in Mountain View, Tokyo, and Seoul, revealed its idea of building a network of bike lanes above street level. It’s called the E3 Way—that's for elevated, electric, and efficient—and BMW says it could help growing cities everywhere fight congestion and ease emissions by…

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Faraday Future answers mounting challenges with high-profile CTO hire

Faraday Future is an electric car company with a very uncertain future, following news that it would be ending its effort to build an assembly plant for its vehicles in Nevada. The companys primary backer, Chinas LeEco, is in dire financial straits, and the would-be Tesla challenger is facing its own heat as a result. Now, however, the company is revealing a big-name hire Ulrich Kranz, who previously headed BMWs electric i series vehicle program, is joining as Chief Technical Officer. The addition of Kranz gives Faraday a new lead…

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