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Tesla Battery Shield, 36-MPG Chrysler, VW e-Up, Ford Slaps Cadillac In Video Ad: Today's Car News

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Today on Green Car Reports: Tesla Motors announces a new three-part battery shield system for its Model S electric car, Ford quietly issues a video response to the polarizing 'Poolside' ad that neatly one-ups Cadillac, and we drive the smallest--and most fun--electric Volkswagen. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

When Tesla Motors goes all radio silence for weeks, something's up. This time, it's a new titanium battery shield for the Model S.

Remember that polarizing 'Poolside' Cadillac ELR ad? Well, now Ford has done a parody--and it's genius.

Details are still thin on the ground, but one version of the 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan will be rated at 36 mpg highway.

Of three plug-in VWs we drove in Germany, our favorite was the Volkswagen e-Up electric minicar. Which we won't get in the U.S. Damnit.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk admits the Model X crossover was tougher than the Model S sedan to design and engineer. Falcon doors? Uh huh.

Sport-utility vehicles are rarely green, but now they have flashing red lights: The most popular police car is an SUV.

Updates to some models of 2015 Volvo cars include new fuel-efficient engines as well as more luxury features.

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