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European buyers quickly warming to alternative fuels

European registrations of alternative-fuel vehicles grew 35.1 per cent in Q4 of 2017, contributing to impressive 39.7 growth over the whole year. A total of 227,378 alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs) were registered in the European Union during Q4, accounting for 6...

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Porsche to invest $9.42b in electrification
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Porsche to invest $9.42b in electrification

Porsche has announced it plans to spend more than €6 billion ($9.42 billion) on electromobility within the next five years, doubling its expenditure to focus on upcoming plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models and electric vehicles (EV). Decided at the most recent Porsche AG Supervisory Board meeting, the investment has been divided into material assets and development costs – around €3b ($4...


Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hits 100k Euro sales
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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hits 100k Euro sales

Mitsubishi Motors has just sold its 100,000th Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid in Europe, a single market packed with countries that offer all manner of financial incentives to prospective green-car buyers. In fact, about 10 per cent of the company's total volume across Europe is the Outlander PHEV, and it's the best-selling vehicle of its type (from an admittedly small field) in markets such as the UK, Norway and Spain...


Ford goes 'all in', boosts electric car funding to $14 billion
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Ford goes 'all in', boosts electric car funding to $14 billion

Ford has confirmed it will more than double its investment in electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The company's previous plan to spend US$4.5 billion ($5.7 billion) on electrified vehicle development by 2020 will now be supplanted by a new goal of investing US$11 billion ($14 billion) by 2022...


2018 BMW i8 Coupe revealed for Detroit
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2018 BMW i8 Coupe revealed for Detroit

The updated 2018 BMW i8 Coupe has been officially revealed this week, ahead of the 2018 Detroit motor show. Largely mirroring the specification of the i8 Roadster, the Coupe gets a larger 11.6kWh battery (up from 7.1kWh), and a more powerful 105kW electric motor (up 9kW). Zero-emissions driving range is rated at 55km, with top speed in electric mode claimed at 120km/h...


PSA Group creates tilting EV
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PSA Group creates tilting EV

The Peugeot Citroen Group (PSA) has created a new electric 'mobility solution' for the European EU-Live consortium. With four wheels, two electric motors and one internal-combustion engine, the funky-looking vehicle can be driven on tight city streets or, if you're feeling particularly brave, on the motorway...


2018 Range Rover PHEV review
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2018 Range Rover PHEV review

Land Rover is a little late to the PHEV party but with its unique blend of luxury and genuine off-road prowess, it promises to bring new appeal to the luxury SUV segment.


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...


Toyota research claims Australians aren't ready for PHEVs
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Toyota research claims Australians aren't ready for PHEVs

Toyota Australia is sticking firm on its call to not sell the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in Australia, preferring to focus on the 'regular' Prius and Corolla hybrids with comparatively old-hat but more affordable technology. As such, it's allowing fellow mass-market brands Mitsubishi and Hyundai to establish an early ascendancy in a fledgling market with the well-established Outlander PHEV crossover and the imminent Ioniq PHEV model, respectively...


2018 Wey P8 revealed
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2018 Wey P8 revealed

The all-new 2018 Wey P8 has been revealed at the Guangzhou motor show, becoming the Chinese company's first plug-in hybrid SUV. Set to go on sale in its home market of China in the first quarter of 2018, the P8 combines a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with electric motors on each axle - making for combined outputs of 250kW and 520Nm...


2018 BMW i8 Roadster teased in new video
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2018 BMW i8 Roadster teased in new video

The upcoming BMW i8 Roadster has been teased again this week, ahead of its expected reveal at the Los Angeles motor show later this month. In a new video posted online, the (incomplete) i8 Roadster can be seen facing vigorous testing during the production process, hinting at the long process BMW has undertaken to make the drop-top as rigid and durable as its coupe sibling...


Citroen preparing EV push leading up to 2023
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Citroen preparing EV push leading up to 2023

Citroen is preparing a significant push into the electrified vehicle space, with plans to have electrified powertrains in 80 per cent of its range within the next six years. "From 2023, 80 per cent of our vehicles will be electrified or PHEV," Citroen CEO, Linda Jackson, told AutoExpress...


Kia Optima Sportwagon PHEV being re-considered for Australia
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Kia Optima Sportwagon PHEV being re-considered for Australia

Kia Australia is re-thinking its decision not to import the Optima Sportwagon to sell alongside its sedan contemporary. However, it seems that if the company were to perform an about-face and offer the stylish load-carrier here, it’d come with a twist: a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain...


Mitsubishi to release six new models by 2020
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Mitsubishi to release six new models by 2020

Mitsubishi has announced its Drive For Growth three-year plan, which will include the release of six all-new vehicles. The plan targets a 30 per cent increase in annual sales to 1.3 million vehicles per annum, along with an operating profit margin of 6.0 per cent or more by the end of 2019...


Mini Deep Orange 7: Students look to 2025 with design concept
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Mini Deep Orange 7: Students look to 2025 with design concept

Students at Clemson University have re-imagined the Mini for 2025 with the Deep Orange 7 Concept. The car, which has been in development since 2014, is a fully-functional vehicle, complete with a scalable platform capable of housing pure-electric, internal-combustion or plug-in hybrid propulsion systems with minimal modifications...


2018 Range Rover revealed, here in March
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2018 Range Rover revealed, here in March

The updated 2018 Range Rover has gone official, just a day after it was leaked in an online video. Like the smaller Range Rover Sport, the headlining changes to the British SUV flagship include a new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain and the addition of the company's dual-screen infotainment system, along with other material and equipment upgrades inside and out...


2018 Range Rover Sport revealed, here in April with PHEV option
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2018 Range Rover Sport revealed, here in April with PHEV option

The facelifted 2018 Range Rover Sport range has been detailed for Australia ahead of an April 2018 arrival, including the announcement of a new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant. Now priced from $95,100 plus on-road costs (+$4200), the MY18 Range Rover Sport gets an array of cosmetic and technology upgrades, bringing it in line with the recently-launched Velar...


Electric Peugeot 208, 2008, DS3 models planned - report
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Electric Peugeot 208, 2008, DS3 models planned - report

The PSA Group is planning several new electrified and all-electric vehicles (EVs) in the coming years, including EV versions of the next Peugeot 208, 2008 and DS3 Crossback. In a new report by industry journal Automotive News Europe, PSA is said to have given investors details of  its future vehicle strategy earlier this week...


Lamborghini says no to electric supercar, but yes to PHEV
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Lamborghini says no to electric supercar, but yes to PHEV

Lamborghini has quashed rumours that it's working on a full electric supercar, but has confirmed that plug-in hybrid technology is on the way for its supercars. Speaking exclusively with CarAdvice at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, Lamborghini director of research and development, Maurizio Reggiani, said that full-electric technology isn't there yet for supercars...


BMW M looking at hybrids and electrification
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BMW M looking at hybrids and electrification

BMW’s high-performance M cars are likely to adopt some form of electrification from 2021 in order to give additional performance whilst also meeting ever stringent emission regulations. Speaking to Australian motoring media at the Frankfurt motor show, Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of management at BMW, said that once battery technology and electric motors are light and compact enough, they will make sense for implementation on BMW M vehicles...