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Aston Martin RapidE EV confirmed for 2019, limited to 155 cars - UPDATE

Update - A new report out of the US confirms LeEco is no longer part of the RapidE project, hence why the EV will be a limited-edition model. See article for details British sports luxury marque Aston Martin has confirmed production of its upcoming RapidE EV will commence in 2019 on social media this week...

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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 23, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 23, 2017

  Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2018 Nissan Leaf spied in production body
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2018 Nissan Leaf spied in production body

The next-generation Nissan Leaf has been spied this week, giving us a better look at what to expect from the Japanese company's upcoming overhaul for its electric hatchback. Despite being shrouded in heavy black-and-white camouflage, we can see the overall shape for the new Leaf, which in most ways looks like an enlarged version of the latest Micra micro car - which isn't sold in Australia, yet...


Jaguar I-Pace production already underway, Frankfurt debut mooted
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Jaguar I-Pace production already underway, Frankfurt debut mooted

British luxury marque Jaguar has already commenced the production of its I-Pace electric crossover, with the first examples to land in European showrooms before the end of the year. Industry journal Automotive News reports the upcoming Tesla Model X competitor is being built by independent vehicle manufacturer, Magna Steyr, in Austria - the same facility that built the first Aston Martin Rapides...


Audi mulling new electric supercar - report
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Audi mulling new electric supercar - report

Audi's new development boss has hinted at an upcoming all-electric supercar, according to a new report out of the US this week. Speaking with Car and Driver at the recent Formula E race in Berlin, Peter Mertens - who previously was the head of research and development at Swedish marque, Volvo - dropped a few clues as to what the German company's plans are for its next generation of performance vehicles...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 16, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 16, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Polestar electric sports car mooted - report
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Polestar electric sports car mooted - report

Volvo's performance arm Polestar might be considering its own electric sports car, separate from any of its Swedish parent company's models. According to a report from UK publication Evo, Polestar could be eyeing off somewhat of a split from Volvo, while taking advantage of parent company Geely’s recent purchase of the iconic Lotus brand...


Hyundai Kona EV due in 2018, 390km range targeted
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Hyundai Kona EV due in 2018, 390km range targeted

The just-revealed 2018 Hyundai Kona is set to spawn an all-electric version sometime next year, company executives have confirmed. Speaking at the global reveal of the new small SUV, a panel of executives - which included vice chairman, Euisun Chung, Kona lead engineer, Chanbok Chung vice president of styling, SsangYup Lee and senior vice president at the Hyundai Motor Design Centre, Luc Donckerwolke - said the company is "targeting a mass-production of Kona EV from next year"...


BMW hints at electrified M cars
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BMW hints at electrified M cars

The next generation of BMW M vehicles could see the introduction of performance-focused hybrid or full-electric technology, a representative of the company has hinted this week. Speaking with Australian media at the local launch of the new 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid (PHEV), Alexander Kotouc, head of product management for BMW GmbH, hinted that the worlds of both the performance-oriented 'M' and future-focused 'i' brands could one day merge...


Tesla Model X shines at Good Design Awards
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Tesla Model X shines at Good Design Awards

The Tesla Model X electric SUV has taken out Australia's 2017 Good Design Awards in the automotive and transport category, beating out several other automakers in the process. Helping the Tesla to take out the title is its combination of innovation, practicality and performance, with the following description listed on the winner's list: "[The] Model X is the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history...


BMW slams Australian government on EV infrastructure
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BMW slams Australian government on EV infrastructure

The boss of BMW's local arm has pulled no punches in his estimation of the Australian government, declaring it has fallen far behind other developed countries when it comes to legislation and strategies regarding low-emissions vehicles. Marc Werner, CEO for BMW Australia, said at the launch of the plug-in hybrid 530e iPerformance that the government has "stuck their collective heads in the sand"...


Tesla to offer a year of free charging for Model S and X customers
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Tesla to offer a year of free charging for Model S and X customers

Tesla Australia has announced an initiative to give customers free electricity through AGL for a year if they buy a Model S or X before July 31. Beginning June 9, any customer that purchases a Model S or Model X will be signed up to AGL's Electric Car Plan and given unlimited charging for a period of one year...


Stockland rolling out Tesla destination chargers across retail centres
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Stockland rolling out Tesla destination chargers across retail centres

Electric carmaker Tesla and shopping centre chain Stockland have announced a $200,000 collaboration to install Tesla Destination Chargers at all 31 of its national retail centres. Over the next 12 months, the charging points will be rolled out to complement Stockland's existing 17 free ChargePoint facilities at 10 locations...


Tesla Model X to issue airbag software fix over the air
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Tesla Model X to issue airbag software fix over the air

CarAdvice can exclusively reveal that Tesla will issue a proactive recall this morning for all right-hand drive Tesla Model X vehicles, following the discovery of an airbag software fault. The passenger airbag control module and associated software, which is supplied by Bosch, was subject to routine inspection when an anomaly in the supplier software was discovered...


Tesla Model Y teased, set to launch by 2020
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Tesla Model Y teased, set to launch by 2020

The upcoming Tesla Model Y has been teased in a single image this week, offering a first glimpse of the company's latest all-electric SUV. During the firm's 2017 Annual Shareholder Meeting, the above teaser was shown, with CEO Elon Musk reportedly saying Tesla has decided to build the electric crossover on a new platform, rather than on the architecture that will underpin the Model 3...


Electric cars ‘need subsidies to get a foothold in the market’: Renault-Nissan chief
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Electric cars ‘need subsidies to get a foothold in the market’: Renault-Nissan chief

The chicken or the egg? Forget that. What about the government subsidy or the electric car? Renault-Nissan Alliance chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, told media this week that in order for electric vehicles to be in the minds of consumers there needs to be government support in the form of subsidies. Without subsidies, Ghosn warned, there is little to no demand from private consumers...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 2, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 2, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


BMW Motorrad Concept Link electric scooter revealed
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BMW Motorrad Concept Link electric scooter revealed

The BMW Motorrad Concept Link has been revealed this week, showcasing the company's vision of future zero-emissions urban vehicles. Inspired by last year's BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 concept - which was one of four vehicles revealed for the company's centenary - the Motorrad Concept Link blends futuristic design and digitisation with the form of a modern two-wheeler...


EVs to be cheaper than regular cars by 2025, study finds
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EVs to be cheaper than regular cars by 2025, study finds

Tumbling battery prices will see the cost of electric vehicles (EVs) drop below their internal combustion (ICEs) rivals within a decade, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The tipping point would see arguments for buying EVs and plug-in hybrids (PHEV) no longer relying on cheaper running costs or green credentials alone, but instead on entry price...


Mercedes-Benz 'EQA' hatch heading to Frankfurt - report
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Mercedes-Benz 'EQA' hatch heading to Frankfurt - report

German marque Mercedes-Benz is planning to reveal the next member of its EQ electric sub-brand at this year's Frankfurt motor show in September, according to a new report out of the UK. Autocar claims the vehicle will preview the company's entry-level EV, dubbed 'EQA', which will go on sale around the year 2020...