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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...

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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...


NRMA confirms $10m EV plan, car makers push for govt support
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NRMA confirms $10m EV plan, car makers push for govt support

A report from the NRMA and Electric Vehicle Council has called for greater Government support of battery-powered vehicles. The Future is Electric lays out a six-point plan for accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles in Australia, arguing “the humble car is undergoing a major paradigm shift”...


Nuon Solar Team wins World Solar Challenge
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Nuon Solar Team wins World Solar Challenge

The Nuon Solar Team has taken out the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge at an average speed of 81.2 km/h, running from Darwin to Adelaide two hours faster than its nearest competitor. The Dutch team led the University of Michigan and Belgian entry Punch Powertrain Solar Team in the headline Challenger Class...


Paris plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from 2030
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Paris plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from 2030

Paris will ban all petrol cars from the city centre in 2030, ahead of a planned nationwide ban on the sale of internal-combustion vehicles in 2040. The decision follows earlier plans to ban diesel vehicles from Paris in 2024, and is part of a wider campaign to cut CO2 levels in the French capital...


The Netherlands prepares for internal combustion sales ban in 2030
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The Netherlands prepares for internal combustion sales ban in 2030

The Dutch government has confirmed plans to ban the sale of petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles in 2030. The decision is part of a plan to cut CO2 levels by 49 per cent ahead of 2030. According to NL Times, the internal combustion ban will be accompanied by the closure of all coal-fired power stations within Dutch borders by the same date...


GM CEO shares concerns about China's planned petrol and diesel car ban
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GM CEO shares concerns about China's planned petrol and diesel car ban

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, has voiced concerns about China's plan to ban cars powered by petrol and diesel engines. Speaking at an event to mark her inclusion in Most Powerful Women list by Fortune in Washington DC last week, she clarified earlier comments about plans to accelerate the adoption of electric and partially electric cars in China...


Sergio Marchionne casts doubt on Tesla, electric vehicle viability
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Sergio Marchionne casts doubt on Tesla, electric vehicle viability

Fiat Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, is still sceptical about the economic viability of Tesla, and the short-term profitability of production electric vehicles. Speaking at an event in New York, Marchionne said he was “unconvinced” as to whether Elon Musk would be able to bring Tesla to profit with his current model...


New material can turn seawater into hydrogen for fuel cell cars
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New material can turn seawater into hydrogen for fuel cell cars

Researchers from University of Central Florida claim to have created a new substance that can extract hydrogen from seawater much more efficiently than current methods, potentially making hydrogen fuel cell technology a viable alternative to existing fossil fuels. In a new paper published in Energy & Environmental Science, the new nanomaterial is said to be an ultrathin film of titanium dioxide with nanocavities etched into it...


Rolls-Royce looks to electrify Phantom, stays cool on autonomy
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Rolls-Royce looks to electrify Phantom, stays cool on autonomy

While there was no surprise that Rolls-Royce chose to launch the new Phantom with a V12 petrol engine, the company has also been dropping broad hints it will follow with an EV version. Those hints started as long ago as 2011 with the 102EX concept, but now CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös has confirmed that the new Phantom is likely to receive the option of a pure electric powertrain during its lifespan...