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Ford looks to tequila giant for plastics potential

Ford has announced an unlikely partnership this week, teaming up with tequila giant Jose Cuervo to explore the use of used-up agave plants to develop a sustainable material for future vehicles...

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Route 66 to get solar roadway panels by the end of the year
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Route 66 to get solar roadway panels by the end of the year

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) in the US has announced several pilot programs - including the introduction of roadway solar panels on the historic Route 66...


Australian Greens propose free rego for EV buyers
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Australian Greens propose free rego for EV buyers

The Australian Greens have proposed a range of policies to hasten the take-up of electric vehicles, including five-years free registration, more public charging infrastructure, incentives for big fleets to buy EVs, and part-funding a domestic EV industry...


Ford to transform Dearborn HQ into high-tech mega campus
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Ford to transform Dearborn HQ into high-tech mega campus

Ford will expand its worldwide headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, into a modern, green and high-tech facility, outlining a 10-year construction plan that mirrors the car maker’s transition into an automotive and mobility company. The plans will see the 70 buildings and 30,000 employees that make up the current facility, consolidated into two primary locations; a product campus and a World Headquarters campus...


PSA Peugeot Citroen publishes first 'real world' fuel consumption figures
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PSA Peugeot Citroen publishes first 'real world' fuel consumption figures

PSA Peugeot Citroen has published what it claims are real-world fuel consumption figures for three of its most popular models, following an announcement late last year that it would commit to greater transparency with buyers...


Australian Government to examine vehicle emissions standards and testing procedures
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Australian Government to examine vehicle emissions standards and testing procedures

The Federal Government will launch a ministerial forum to examine vehicle emissions standards in Australia and vehicle testing procedures. The ministerial forum will be chaired by major projects minister Paul Fletcher with the support of a working group and will examine issues including the implementation of Euro 6 emissions standards, fuel quality standards, fuel efficiency measures for light vehicles, and emissions testing arrangements...


Tesla Energy to launch Powerwall in Australia from late 2015
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Tesla Energy to launch Powerwall in Australia from late 2015

Tesla, the American electric vehicle maker and energy technology company, will launch its new Tesla Energy program in Australia later this year. Tesla Energy was first announced in May, alongside the company’s new Powerwall home battery pack that would soon be made available in America as a means of storing sustainable and renewable energy...


Autolib' EV car share system in Paris - 2015
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Autolib' EV car share system in Paris - 2015

Read the article here. Would you use a wholly electric, car share scheme in Australia like the Autolib' program in Paris? Let us know!  ...


If they build it, would you come?: Would you use an electric car-share service?
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If they build it, would you come? Would you use an electric car-share service?

If the 1950s was the Jet Age and the early 2000s the Information Age, surely now we are entering a period in human history that will be referred to in future as the ‘Green Age’. Everything, everywhere now needs to address its environmental footprint and potential long-term impact for future generations, and the automotive world is certainly at the forefront...


G7 agrees to phase out fossil fuels by end of century
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G7 agrees to phase out fossil fuels by end of century

The group of seven (G7) industrialised nations today agreed to phase out the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century. At the conclusion of this year's two-day G7 summit in Germany, the countries agreed to the "decarbonisation of the global economy over the course of this century"...


Tesla Model S OTA Software Updates
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Tesla Model S OTA Software Updates

Read the article here. After our huge drive in the Tesla Model S down the west coast of America, we were blown away by the capabilities of the car, provided there’s a suitable charge network. At the time, we didn’t know Tesla’s plans down under – but a broad-scale rollout is planned and this one in St Leonards is already up and running...


Chevrolet-FNR concept revealed, sports eye-recognition
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Chevrolet-FNR concept revealed, sports eye-recognition

The Chevrolet-FNR revealed at the Shanghai motor show this week is a prototypical wild concept car with styling that thumbs its nose at convention, pauses, and thumbs it again for good measure.  An autonomous electric car with more than a hint of science fiction about it, the FNR is designed to show what GM sees as mobility in the future...


Tesla Model 3 name announced for 2016 rival to BMW 3 Series
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Tesla Model 3 name announced for 2016 rival to BMW 3 Series

The Tesla Model 3 is the name of the mid-sized luxury sedan designed to electrify a segment led by the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The new luxury sedan, which also has the likes of Jaguar’s forthcoming XE and the Audi A4 in its sights, is the model Tesla expects to propel it beyond a market niche and into something resembling the mainstream...


Ford takes top spot from Toyota as world's greenest brand - report
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Ford takes top spot from Toyota as world's greenest brand - report

The blue oval brand is the world's greenest, according to the Best Global Green Brands survey which has put Ford as the most eco-friendly brand in the world above longstanding leader Toyota. The survey - which is conducted with Deloitte Consulting and published by Interbrand - is designed to gauge the perceptions of customers and potential buyers around the world, and also looks at data based on numerous companies internal performance and environmental standards...


China to scrap 11 million cars to help reduce air pollution
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China to scrap 11 million cars to help reduce air pollution

The Chinese Government will scrap up to 11 million ageing cars by the end of 2015 in an attempt to reduce the nation’s troubling air pollution levels. China’s State Council announced the plan to “eliminate” six million high-polluting pre-2005 vehicles by the end of this year and scrap a further five million from the country’s most polluted cities in 2015...


Australia's cars greener than ever, though still far worse than Europe - report
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Australia's cars greener than ever, though still far worse than Europe - report

Australia’s new vehicle fleet is ‘greener’ than ever before but our CO2 emissions average remains far above that of the UK and other European countries. The average CO2 emissions rating of all new passenger and light-commercial vehicles sold in Australia in 2013 improved 3.4 per cent to 192 grams per kilometre...


BMW i8 unveiled in Sydney
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BMW i8 unveiled in Sydney

The arrival of the first BMW i8 in Australia was heralded with a grand unveiling in Sydney. Built from the ground up to accommodate two separate drivetrains, a plug-in hybrid and a three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, the sleek lines are crafted from carbon fibre and set on an aluminium chassis. This environmentally friendly super car is capable of reaching 100km/h in 4...


BMW i3 : arrives November, priced from $63,900
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BMW i3 : arrives November, priced from $63,900

The BMW i3 will be priced from $63,900 when it goes on-sale in Australia in mid-November. Shown in Sydney for the first time - in conjunction with a first local appearance of the BMW i8 supercar - the i3 will be available with an electric-only drivetrain, called the BMW i3 BEV (battery electric vehicle), or with a range extending petrol engine (called the i3 REx) priced from $69,900 before on roads...


Paris pollution-based car restrictions end; 3859 drivers fined
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Paris pollution-based car restrictions end; 3859 drivers fined

Car restrictions resulting from dangerously high pollution levels in Paris have ceased, with levels dropping back below safe limits. During the ban, which permitted only those with odd-numbered registration plates to use the roads from 5:30am Monday until midnight the same day, a reported total of 3859 motorists were fined 22 euro ($34) for driving when disallowed...


Paris pollution levels trigger major traffic restrictions
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Paris pollution levels trigger major traffic restrictions

Dangerously high pollution levels in Paris have triggered major restrictions on motorists, with only those with odd-numbered registration plates allowed to drive on the city's streets yesterday. If Monday's restrictions continue, today will see motorists with even-numbered registration plates only permitted to use the roads...