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Volkswagen Group to invest $52b into electrification, autonomy, connectivity

The Volkswagen Group, parent to brands like Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Porsche, has announced its future investment plans this week, including a commitment of over $52.81 billion (EUR 34 billion) into new-age automotive technology development...

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2018 Mercedes-Benz eVito revealed - UPDATE
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2018 Mercedes-Benz eVito revealed - UPDATE

Update (21 November 2017): Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia has released a statement regarding the local introduction of electric commercial vehicles. See bottom of article for details. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz eVito has been revealed this week, ahead of a European launch in the second half of next year...


Tesla Pickup teased
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Tesla Pickup teased

The surprise reveals from Tesla continue, with  the company previewing an pickup based on the Semi revealed last week. Shown during the launch of the Tesla Semi and manic Tesla Roadster, the design sketch above shows a fairly large ute with another ute sitting in the tray - CEO Elon Musk describes it as a "pickup that can carry a pickup truck"...


Hyundai Australia interested in more electric vehicles, potential for Kona EV
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Hyundai Australia interested in more electric vehicles, potential for Kona EV

Hyundai Australia says it would be interested in taking on additional electric vehicles if and when they become available, with the Ioniq EV showing strong demand from the market. With pictures of the brand’s small SUV being tested in electric form, likely to be known as Kona EV, it’s apparent the South Korean brand is actively working on additional electric vehicles...


Chevrolet Bolt SUV revealed
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Chevrolet Bolt SUV revealed

General Motors (GM) has given a first look at its upcoming electric crossover, based on the Chevrolet Bolt. Mary Barra, CEO for GM, presented at the Barclay's 2017 Global Automotive Conference in New York this week, and cheekily revealed the new model ahead of its market introduction by 2020...


Tesla Roadster returns, Musk calls it world's fastest car
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Tesla Roadster returns, Musk calls it world's fastest car

Tesla has pulled an old school 'surprise reveal' today, wheeling out a second iteration of the Roadster that originally made the company's name. We thought we were just going to be watching the web reveal of its new electric truck..


Tata reportedly buys stake in Faraday Future amid executive departures
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Tata reportedly buys stake in Faraday Future amid executive departures

Tata has reportedly bought a 10 per cent stake in troubled Chinese electric startup Faraday Future. According to Gasgoo, Chinese media outlets are reporting Tata has purchased 10 per cent of Faraday Future for US$900 million ($1.2 billion). If the reports are true, a healthy cash infusion could see the help stabilise the situation at the troubled EV manufacturer, which has undergone an exodus of senior personnel in recent weeks...


2018 BMW i3 and i3s pricing and specs
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2018 BMW i3 and i3s pricing and specs

Australian pricing and specifications for the 2018 BMW i3 and new i3s have been announced today, following the updated EV's August unveiling. The range kicks off with the pure-electric i3 94Ah, priced from $68,700 (+600) excluding on-road costs. Power comes from an electric motor with 125kW and 250Nm, good for a 7.3 second sprint from 0-100km/h...


Volkswagen Beetle: Next-gen to be electric and RWD - report
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Volkswagen Beetle: Next-gen to be electric and RWD - report

The Volkswagen Beetle could be revived as a rear-wheel drive electric vehicle (EV) as part of the company's upcoming I.D. family, according to a new report out of the UK. Speaking with Autocar, Volkswagen's Herbert Diess said the company needs to decide on "emotional concepts" for its upcoming electric cars - a term he defines as covering iconic models like the Microbus and Beetle, along with the Kübelwagen and Buggy...


2018 Kia Niro EV spied
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2018 Kia Niro EV spied

The all-electric Kia Niro EV has been spied during development testing in Germany this week. Despite being shrouded in heavy camouflage, we'd suggest the Niro EV will bear a strong resemblance to the Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrid (below). The Niro prototype was also spied alongside a camouflaged version of the upcoming Hyundai Kona EV...


Volkswagen to use Google quantum computing technology for research
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Volkswagen to use Google quantum computing technology for research

Volkswagen and Google have agreed to work together on "practically oriented research" related to quantum computing. The German automaker will use Google's quantum computing technology in three fields of research: traffic optimisation, machine learning, and material simulation, specifically for high-performance electric car batteries...


Mercedes-Benz EV to launch 2019, amid calls for more government support
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Mercedes-Benz EV to launch 2019, amid calls for more government support

Mercedes-Benz Australia says it will bring its first full-electric vehicle to market in 2019, but it needs the support of the government to justify long-term investment in the requisite local infrastructure. Speaking to CarAdvice the brand’s local head of communication, David McCarthy, said there is a great deal of interest in electric vehicles from Mercedes Australia...


Navya unveils autonomous taxi in Paris
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Navya unveils autonomous taxi in Paris

French autonomous car manufacturer Navya has slotted its self-driving hardware into a fully-autonomous taxi. The pure-electric Autonom Cab has room for six passengers, and hits 55mph (89km/h) given enough room. Oh, and it'll be on the roads next year. Central to the car's operation is the array of sensors scattered around its exterior...


Tesla Semi teased ahead of November 16 reveal
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Tesla Semi teased ahead of November 16 reveal

The Tesla Semi has been teased in media invitations to its official reveal on November 16. Sent to American publications ahead of the unveiling event in Hawthorne, California, the image is a shadowy teaser of the new electric semi-trailer, which reportedly is now being referred to the 'Tesla Truck' rather than 'Tesla Semi'...


Lamborghini and MIT unveil Terzo Millennio
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Lamborghini and MIT unveil Terzo Millennio

After being teased last week, Lamborghini and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have unveiled their concept collaboration. Dubbed the Terzo Millennio, it's an all-electric peek at how the Raging Bull of the future might look. The design of the Terzo Millennio focuses on five core areas, starting with energy...


Used batteries put to work as BMW produces 100,000th i3
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Used batteries put to work as BMW produces 100,000th i3

After four years in production, BMW has built the 100,000th i3 at its plant in Leipzig, Germany.  The factory, which is also responsible for production of the i8 – and will take on the upcoming i8 Roadster – builds 120 examples of the i3 every day, along with a further 8-10 i8 coupes...


BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen team up for European fast charging network
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BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen team up for European fast charging network

BMW, Daimler (parent of Mercedes-Benz and Smart), Ford and Volkswagen have joined forces to roll out a fast charging network for electric cars across Europe. Ionity, a new joint venture company equally owned by the four automakers, plans to have approximately 400 high-power charging stations open "across European major thoroughfares" by 2020...


Porsche: Developing electric technology an "enormous burden"
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Porsche: Developing electric technology an "enormous burden"

Porsche's chief financial officer, Lutz Meschke, says the manufacturer may need to accept a "temporary drop in profitability" as it transitions to focus on electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Speaking to Automotive News Europe, Meschke described the costs of developing electric technology as an "enormous burden"...


Mercedes-AMG EV prototype spied
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Mercedes-AMG EV prototype spied

A mystery prototype wearing the body of a Mercedes-Benz SLS Electric Drive has been spied around the Nurburgring in Germany, raising questions as to what the company is developing. The SLS Electric Drive was an all-electric version of the SLS AMG supercar, featuring combined outputs of 552kW and 1000Nm from its four electric motors...


2018 Nissan Leaf review
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2018 Nissan Leaf review

The 2018 Nissan Leaf must remind people that its maker was the world's real mainstream EV pioneer, even if Silicon Valley gets the plaudits. It's not the game-changer its predecessor was, but credit where it's due.