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Hyundai Kona Electric will join Ioniq EV in Australia, within a year

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Hyundai Kona Electric will join Ioniq EV in Australia, within a year

Hyundai is poised to offer not one, but two battery electric vehicles (EVs) in Australia before the end of 2018: the (already confirmed) Ioniq hatchback and the recently announced Kona Electric...

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Volkswagen ID Vizzion previewed ahead of Geneva
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Volkswagen ID Vizzion previewed ahead of Geneva

Volkswagen has handed down a first look at its new ID Vizzion concept, ahead of a Geneva motor show debut next month. The big sedan, complete with fashionable sloping roofline, previews the looks and technology you'd expect to see in a "fully automated premium-class saloon" from the brand...


2018 Renault Zoe R110 revealed
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2018 Renault Zoe R110 revealed

Renault has slotted a more powerful electric motor into its little electric hatch, creating the new Zoe R110. The new motor is the same size as the outgoing R90 unit, but produces 12kW more power, bumping its output to a lofty 80kW. Peak torque is still 225Nm, but the car now runs from 80 to 120km/h two seconds faster than before. Renault is claiming an 11...


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi "the only carmaker" profiting from EVs: Ghosn
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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi "the only carmaker" profiting from EVs: Ghosn

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi CEO, Carlos Ghosn, says the Alliance is likely alone in making money from electric vehicles. "We are probably the most advanced carmaker in terms of costs of electric cars and we have announced already in 2017 that we are probably the only carmaker who's starting to make money selling electric cars," Ghosn told CNBC...


Tesla Model 3 crash prompts rapid software update
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Tesla Model 3 crash prompts rapid software update

Tesla's mass-market Model 3 hasn't been on the road for long, but people are already starting to crash them. An owner, running under the Reddit username Model 3 Crash Test Dummy, smashed their car into a parked vehicle at 97km/h...


Opel Corsa EV confirmed for 2020
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Opel Corsa EV confirmed for 2020

Opel has confirmed the next-generation Corsa will be offered with an all-electric powertrain. In a statement released to European press, the company confirmed a pure-electric hatch will follow the regular Corsa, expected to launch in 2019. All versions will be built in Zaragoza, Spain – the first PSA Group facility to produce a pure-electric Opel or Vauxhall model...


BMW, Nissan lead criticism over lack of government support for EVs
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BMW, Nissan lead criticism over lack of government support for EVs

Two pioneering manufacturers in the electric vehicle (EV) market, BMW and Nissan, have called on the Australian Federal Government to incentivise buyers of low-emission cars, citing evidence from Europe, Asia and North America...


Renault Zoe to get power bump in Geneva - report
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Renault Zoe to get power bump in Geneva - report

An updated Renault Zoe is expected to debut at the Geneva motor show next month, complete with a slight power bump. In a new report by Autocar, an unnamed source says the new Zoe 'R110' will get an 80kW electric motor – up from the current 68kW – though it's unclear whether the current 250-mile (402km) range claim will be boosted too...


EV onslaught: 10 electric cars coming by 2021
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EV onslaught: 10 electric cars coming by 2021

Electric cars are coming, there's no stopping it. Here's a quick look at 10 noteworthy electric vehicles (EVs) heading for market in the next three years. Hyundai Ioniq Electric The Ioniq is Hyundai's answer to the Toyota Prius, available in three flavours – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric...


Mercedes-Benz 'EQC' spied
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Mercedes-Benz 'EQC' spied

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV has been spied during cold weather testing in Europe. Compared to the prototype we saw last year, this vehicle is starting to wear its own unique panels and lights, rather than borrowing all its sheetmetal from the GLC – though the family ties are still obvious...


Nissan e-Power explained, Australian launch a certainty
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Nissan e-Power explained, Australian launch a certainty

Nissan will introduce its e-Power petrol-electric drivetrain in Australia in the near future, to complement its zero emissions car rollout, led by the new Leaf due at the end of 2018 – and set to comprise 12 electric Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi vehicles by 2022. This self-described technology ‘bridge’ is Nissan’s unique twist on plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and mild hybrid (HEV) offerings...


Pininfarina HK GT teased ahead of Geneva reveal
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Pininfarina HK GT teased ahead of Geneva reveal

Pininfarina has teased the HK GT ahead of its official unveiling at the Geneva motor show this March. As you'd expect, the images published on social media doesn't give much away. It provides a sneak peek at the top of the car, revealing a two-door body and slimline cameras built into the bodywork in place of side mirrors...


Tesla stands by revised production targets, posts worst-ever quarter
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Tesla stands by revised production targets, posts worst-ever quarter

Tesla has stood by plans to build 2500 Model 3s per week by the end of March, despite having posted its worst-ever quarterly loss in Q4 of 2017. The company lost US$675.4 million ($864.2 million) across October, November and December 2017, compared to a $121 million loss in the same period of 2016. The information was disclosed in its financial results and shareholder letter...


Nissan confident Leaf will remain top global EV
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Nissan confident Leaf will remain top global EV

Nissan’s global EV program director is confident the second-generation Leaf will retain its predecessor’s mantle as the global electric sales king, despite the spectre of a tougher competitor set. Speaking at the Nissan Futures conference in Singapore this week, Nicholas Thomas said he wasn't concerned about competition, and snuck a cheeky dig at high-profile electric-vehicle maker Tesla for good measure...


Industry body created to support hydrogen expansion in Australia
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Industry body created to support hydrogen expansion in Australia

Hydrogen Mobility Australia (HMA) has been founded, aimed at advocating for the burgeoning local hydrogen industry. It's made up of automakers, energy companies and infrastructure providers including Toyota Australia, Hyundai Australia, BP Australia and Caltex Australia...


2019 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter confirmed
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2019 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter confirmed

An electric variant of the third-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is set for production, and Mercedes-Benz Australia is hopeful the eco-friendly load lugger will make it Down Under. While technical details are yet to be revealed, Mercedes-Benz confirmed at the launch of the new Sprinter in Germany last night the eSprinter would go on sale in Europe later in 2019, following the smaller eVito, revealed last year and on sale in Europe in 2018...


European buyers quickly warming to alternative fuels
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European buyers quickly warming to alternative fuels

European registrations of alternative-fuel vehicles grew 35.1 per cent in Q4 of 2017, contributing to impressive 39.7 growth over the whole year. A total of 227,378 alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs) were registered in the European Union during Q4, accounting for 6.7 per cent of total sales. Pure-electric cars (dubbed electrically-chargeable by the EU) accounted for 1...


Chevrolet Bolt: Business case hinges on legislation
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Chevrolet Bolt: Business case hinges on legislation

Holden has taken steps to bring a fully-electric car to the Australian market, but the business case depends on government support. In August 2017, Holden lodged a trademark application to protect the use of Chevrolet Bolt. The company then transported a vehicle to Australia for local testing – and display at the Holden Dream Cruise in 2017...


2.23 million diesel cars on local roads
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2.23 million diesel cars on local roads

Diesel popularity is falling amid a storm of negative publicity, but there are still more than 2.2 million diesel passenger cars on Australian roads. According to data firm Roy Morgan, 45 per cent of Australians would still seriously consider buying a diesel – down from 50 per cent in 2016, but comfortably more than those considering an electric car (37 per cent) or an LPG vehicle (21 per cent)...


Porsche to invest $9.42b in electrification
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Porsche to invest $9.42b in electrification

Porsche has announced it plans to spend more than €6 billion ($9.42 billion) on electromobility within the next five years, doubling its expenditure to focus on upcoming plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models and electric vehicles (EV). Decided at the most recent Porsche AG Supervisory Board meeting, the investment has been divided into material assets and development costs – around €3b ($4...