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Kia Sportage, Cee'd to get mild-hybrid tech - report

Kia's European arm is looking to introduce 48V mild-hybrid powertrains, starting with the current Sportage and next-generation Cee'd - according to a new report out of the UK...

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Toyota, Honda, Nissan team up on hydrogen network in Japan
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Toyota, Honda, Nissan team up on hydrogen network in Japan

Eleven Japanese companies, including Toyota, Honda and Nissan, will work together to create a network of hydrogen refuelling stations across Japan. Joining the three automakers are six energy and infrastructure companies (JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy, Idemitsu Kosan, Iwatani, Tokyo Gas, Toho Gas, and Air Liquide), as well as two financial firms (Toyota Tsusho, and the Development Bank of Japan)...


Toyota labelled 'world's greenest automotive company'
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Toyota labelled 'world's greenest automotive company'

Toyota has been rated the 'world's greenest carmaker' in a global study from Newsweek.  Having topped the automotive rankings, the company ranked 16th among the 500 largest publicly traded companies in the world. L'Oreal topped the global charts, while Cisco Wireless was the 'greenest' company in the USA...


Uniti unveils crowdfunded city EV
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Uniti unveils crowdfunded city EV

Electric-vehicle (EV) startup Uniti has unveiled its crowdfunded city car at its factory in Landskrona, Sweden. The bubble-shaped commuter, dubbed the One, offers a 300km range from its 22kWh battery. A DC fast charger can add 200km of range in just 3o minutes if required, too...


Skoda to launch five EVs by 2025
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Skoda to launch five EVs by 2025

Skoda has announced plans to offer five electric vehicles (EV) by 2025, along with its first plug-in hybrid in 2019. In a new release, the Czech subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group confirmed it is planning five EV models across "various segments", with the first model in this new electric family to be built in the Czech Republic...


Honda to roll out 15-minute fast-charging by 2022 - report
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Honda to roll out 15-minute fast-charging by 2022 - report

Honda is aiming to launch electric vehicles (EV) capable of 15-minute fast-charging in 2022, in an effort to address one of the key barriers to the wider uptake of EVs. In a new report with Japan's Nikkei, the company plans to roll out all-electric models that can run for 240 kilometres on a single 15-minute charge...


FCAI proposes EV charging standards for Australia
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FCAI proposes EV charging standards for Australia

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has issued a proposal for national electric vehicle (EV) charging standards. In order to encourage the uptake of EVs, the FCAI and its numerous industry member companies have committed to adopting the same charging types on all new models introduced from January 1, 2020...


Volkswagen Group to invest $52b into electrification, autonomy, connectivity
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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. Matthias Müller, CEO for the German automotive group, said: "We are reinventing the car...


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...


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...


Emissions and fuel economy: What are the WLTP and RDE standards?
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Emissions and fuel economy: What are the WLTP and RDE standards?

Car makers operating in the European Union have begun using the new Worldwide harmonised Light vehicle Test Procedure, or WLTP for short, to calculate fuel economy figures. What is WLTP? WLTP serves as a replacement for the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), which was developed in the 1980s and has been in use throughout Europe since 1996...


Europe plans to slash emissions 30 per cent by 2030
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Europe plans to slash emissions 30 per cent by 2030

The European Union wants to cut its CO2 emissions from cars and vans by 30 per cent between 2021 and 2030. With a baseline figure for cars of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre set for 2021, and 147g/km for vans, the EU could mandate a maximum of 66.5g/km and 103g/km for cars and vans respectively from 2030. In a diesel car, 66...


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'...


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...


Toshiba battery delivers 320km of range on six minute charge, but greater advances still to come
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Toshiba battery delivers 320km of range on six minute charge, but greater advances still to come

  Toshiba has established itself as a leader in the field of electric vehicle (EV) battery technology, supplying the lithium-ion packs for the Mitsubishi i-Miev and Honda Fit (Jazz) EV. With a claimed life of 10 years and all the requisite safety precautions for use on the public road, the current Super Charge ion Battery (SCiB) does its job with a minimum of fuss...


Honda Sports EV Concept revealed
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Honda Sports EV Concept revealed

  Honda has unveiled the hotly-anticipated Sports EV Concept at the Tokyo motor show. The cute coupe follows in the footsteps of the Urban EV launched at the Frankfurt motor show, with compact proportions and a pure-electric powertrain...


Nissan IMx concept: First look at Japanese Tesla Model X rival
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Nissan IMx concept: First look at Japanese Tesla Model X rival

This is the Nissan IMx concept, a fully autonomous electric crossover SUV that looks like an origami creation and has eye-based gesture control. It’s the star of the company’s stand at this year’s bustling Tokyo motor show...


EV chargers could be mandatory in UK service stations, Shell rolls out forecourt plugs
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EV chargers could be mandatory in UK service stations, Shell rolls out forecourt plugs

The UK Government has introduced a bill that would make the installation of charge points at large petrol stations mandatory. Dubbed the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, the proposal would lead to the installation of multiple charge plugs being at motorway service stations, along with 8500 other petrol stations across the country...