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German chancellor keen on petrol and diesel sales ban

German chancellor Angela Merkel is in favour of banning the sale of new petrol and diesel powered cars by 2030 or 2040, but her government isn't yet willing to set a firm date for the issue...

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Siemens building 'eHighway' in Germany to charge electric trucks
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Siemens building 'eHighway' in Germany to charge electric trucks

German conglomerate company Siemens has been tasked with building a 10-kilometre stretch of overhead contact lines on one of Germany's autobahns to allow trucks to temporarily drive on electric power only while also charging their batteries...


Continental wireless charging system to debut at Frankfurt motor show
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Continental wireless charging system to debut at Frankfurt motor show

German technology and tyre company, Continental, will unveil a wireless charging system at next month’s Frankfurt motor show that could spell the end of ‘range anxiety’ for owners of electric vehicles. Continental believes one of the keys to an electric motivation future is in ensuring charging is both easy and readily available...


Infiniti Prototype 9 revealed with parts from new Nissan Leaf
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Infiniti Prototype 9 revealed with parts from new Nissan Leaf

The Infiniti Prototype 9 was teased earlier this week, and has now been detailed online ahead of its full debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance later this month. The Prototype 9 mixes the look of the pre-World War II Silver Arrows race cars from Mercedes-Benz with a few Infiniti cues, such as the harp-like grille and the raised Infiniti emblem right above...


Faraday Future leases new factory in California, $1 billion Nevada project on ice
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Faraday Future leases new factory in California, $1 billion Nevada project on ice

Electric start-up company, Faraday Future, has signed the lease on a new manufacturing facility in Hanford, California, which will see the production of its upcoming FF 91 EV. In an effort to bring the FF 91 to market by the end of 2018, Faraday Future has been forced to ditch its US$1 billion manufacturing facility in Las Vegas, following recent reports that the company was running into money troubles...


Mazda launching compression-ignition in 2019, details EV and autonomous tech plans
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Mazda launching compression-ignition in 2019, details EV and autonomous tech plans

Mazda Motor Corporation will launch a world-first commercially produced compression-ignition petrol engine series, to be called SkyActiv-X, in 2019. This technology cuts fuel use, which is vital as Mazda look to slash its well-to-wheel carbon dioxide emissions to half of what they were in 2010...


2018 Nissan Leaf: Is this our first official look at its final specs?
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2018 Nissan Leaf: Is this our first official look at its final specs?

We've seen the car in revealing spy photos and shadowy teasers, but this could be our first clear look at what the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf will offer buyers. According to American automotive listing and sales website Autobytel, the details here are what buyers in that market can expect when the new electric Leaf launches in the year ahead...


Maserati Levante PHEV coming in 2019, Alfieri EV in 2020 - report
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Maserati Levante PHEV coming in 2019, Alfieri EV in 2020 - report

Maserati is set for electrification from 2019, starting with a plug-in hybrid version of the Levante, and the production version of the Alfieri concept - according to a new report. Britain's Autocar reports that Sergio Marchionne, CEO for parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), said in a conference call with investors the move is part of the group's push to have more than half of its range using some form of electric power by 2022...


2018 Nissan Leaf caught undisguised
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2018 Nissan Leaf caught undisguised

Undisguised spy photos of the upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf have surfaced on social media this week, giving a glimpse of what the all-new EV will look like ahead of its official reveal later this year. Posted to Twitter by user Julien Jodry (@JJODRY), the grainy trio of images show an undisguised white Leaf, though the finer design details are unclear due to the low quality of the images...


Tesla Model 3 quick drive review
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Tesla Model 3 quick drive review

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the most anticipated new car releases of 2017 - and we're here in California, among the first to drive it. Following the first 30 deliveries tonight, Tesla will begin mass producing the Model 3 for global markets with Australia expecting to get its first deliveries in early 2019. It should land here at around $50,000...


Queensland 'Electric Super Highway' coming, and it'll be free
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Queensland 'Electric Super Highway' coming, and it'll be free

The Queensland Government has announced it will create an electric highway connecting the state's north and south coasts, in an effort to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs). The strategy is similar to that which led to the 'Electric Highway' established by RAC WA in Western Australia...


Tesla Model 3: First 30 owners to take delivery
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Tesla Model 3: First 30 owners to take delivery

Tesla is set to finally take the wraps off the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3 and deliver the first 30 vehicles at a handover event in California set to take place tomorrow. The event will be live streamed at the company's website from 1:45PM tomorrow (AEST), but, what do we know so far? Price While local pricing is yet to be announced, we do know that it will kick off from US$35,000, meaning it should sneak in locally at around $50,000 before on-road costs...


2018 Nissan Leaf to be Australian image builder
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2018 Nissan Leaf to be Australian image builder

By launching the new-second-generation Nissan Leaf technology "standard bearer"  in Australia during 2018, the company aims to reclaim its status as an electric car pioneer and innovator. This comes after the company has clearly fallen behind the likes of Tesla - plus the major German luxury brands - in the public opinion stakes...


Everty launches Australia's "Airbnb of EV charging" to monetise your home charger
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Everty launches Australia's "Airbnb of EV charging" to monetise your home charger

The monetisation of peer-to-peer charging for electric vehicles, a concept that has quickly taken off in overseas markets, is now in Australia. Sydney start-up Everty describes its online EV charger search and booking service as the "Airbnb of electric cars"...


2018 Nissan Leaf 'e-Pedal' detailed ahead of September reveal
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2018 Nissan Leaf 'e-Pedal' detailed ahead of September reveal

The next-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf has been teased again, this time having its new 'e-Pedal' detailed - which the company says "transforms the way we drive". Set to make its debut on September 6, the Japanese electric vehicle (EV) will feature a mode that sees the accelerator pedal double up as a brake pedal, which Nissan claims can be used for 90 per cent of driving needs...


SEA Automotive delivers first electric trucks in Victoria
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SEA Automotive delivers first electric trucks in Victoria

SEA Automotive has delivered the first of nine electric trucks set to hit Victoria's roads in the coming months, as part of the Andrews Labor Government's New Energy Jobs fund. After receiving $517,000 from the Labor Government in October last year to develop a facility to manufacture commercial electric vehicles, SEA delivered the first of its zero-emissions trucks to Kings Transport, an Australian logistics company...


BMW i boss jumps ship to Faraday Future
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BMW i boss jumps ship to Faraday Future

The head of BMW's 'i' electric vehicle (EV) team has joined start-up company Faraday Future this week, according to industry journal Automotive News Europe. Ulrich Kranz, now the chief technology officer at Faraday Future, was with the Bavarian luxury marque for over 30 years. At Faraday Future, he will be tasked with turning the start-up's FF 91 concept into a production car...


BMW confirms entry into 2018/19 Formula E championship
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BMW confirms entry into 2018/19 Formula E championship

BMW has confirmed its entry as an official manufacturer from the fifth season (2018/19) onwards of the fledgling Formula E championship. The Andretti Formula E works team will use a BMW-sourced electric drivetrain from season 5, and will serve as a development hub for the company's upcoming iNEXT autonomous project and the next-generation of its electrified BMW i range...


Volkswagen working on sporty electric liftback - report
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Volkswagen working on sporty electric liftback - report

It looks like Volkswagen is well on its way to completing its all-electric I.D. family, with a leaked presentation revealing the company's plans to introduce two additional models in the next five years. We've already seen the I.D, I.D. Crozz and I.D. Buzz concepts, all of which are planned to go into production. In the new image (below) posted by AutoBlog...


Polestar reveals 'optimised' 314kW plug-in XC60
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Polestar reveals 'optimised' 314kW plug-in XC60

Volvo Cars' electrified performance brand Polestar has introduced an "optimised" version of the new-generation 2018 XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid medium SUV, producing an eye-opening 314kW of power. Polestar's upgraded XC60 T8 matches the equally optimised XC90 T8 derivative despite being lighter and smaller. As we know, the Polestar-tuned XC90 T8 pack can be bought in Australia...