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Electric vans will work in Australia, says Mercedes-Benz

Commercial vehicles will be a key to growing Australia’s sluggish electrified vehicle adoption rate, believes the local division of Mercedes-Benz Vans. Daimler will begin series production of EV vans from the end of 2018, with mid-sized Vito and larger Sprinter iterations to be available — first in Europe, but eventually elsewhere...

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Half of all new cars sold in Norway are electric or hybrids, here is why
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Half of all new cars sold in Norway are electric or hybrids, here is why

For all the noise car-makers have made about them, the eerie silence of electrified vehicles on the road has been matched by their performance on Australia's sales charts. The Australian sales penetration of full electric cars (EVs), plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and even conventional series hybrids is among the lowest of any mature market...


BMW partners with Westfield for free EV charging, Tesla tops 200 destination points - UPDATE
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BMW partners with Westfield for free EV charging, Tesla tops 200 destination points - UPDATE

UPDATE: As of March 30, 2017, The BMW and Westfield charging stations have now been officially opened to the public. This story was originally published on December 13 and is unchanged. Dec 13, 2016: BMW Australia has partnered with shopping centre network Westfield to offer electric vehicle charging stations at 10 locations across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland...


Audi’s first electric SUV won’t be its most expensive high-rider
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Audi’s first electric SUV won’t be its most expensive high-rider

Audi is set to introduce three all-new electric vehicles by 2020, and the company’s chairman, Rupert Stadler, reckons the market is ready for it. Audi’s first pure EV will be a “pure electric SUV with a luxury character”, Stadler said when speaking to Australian media at the 2017 Geneva motor show – but he confirmed that it won’t be the most expensive SUV in the company’s line-up...


Volvo's upcoming EV to offer 400km range, affordable pricing
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Volvo's upcoming EV to offer 400km range, affordable pricing

Swedish manufacturer Volvo has announced its first all-electric vehicle (EV) will offer a range of at least 250 miles (402km) and start between US$35,000-$40,000 ($46,238-$52,844) when it hit markets in 2019. In a new report by industry journal Automotive News, Lex Kerssemakers, CEO of Volvo Car USA, is quoted saying if the company wants to do well in the States with this vehicle, it needs to meet these targets...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 10, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 10, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Toyota i-TRIL concept unveiled at Geneva
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Toyota i-TRIL concept unveiled at Geneva

Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva motor show, the Toyota i-TRIL concept takes a step into the not-so-distant future, with its eco-friendly mobility vehicle. A cross between a trike and the Japanese brand's i-Road concept, the city car features two wheels placed close together at the rear, at just 600mm, and two wheels even further apart at the front with a 1200mm track...


Car companies should be very scared of Apple, Google and Tesla
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Car companies should be very scared of Apple, Google and Tesla

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas could have almost been a motor show. From the endless booths of automotive-related products to massive car company displays, the entire and extremely massive show had a very heavy auto skew. The reason for that is simple: As the revolution of electric cars, connected cars and autonomous cars finally begins to take shape, tech companies are invading the automotive sector...


New Nissan Leaf confirmed: Next EV to go further with new tech
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New Nissan Leaf confirmed: Next EV to go further with new tech

The next-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf has been made official by the company’s CEO, Carlos Ghosn, at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The second-generation Leaf, which will follow its predecessor that debuted in 2010, signals Nissan’s commitment to electric-vehicle technology, while the Japanese brand also promises to incorporate the latest in its arsenal of autonomous driving systems with the new model...


Faraday Future 91 revealed with 600km of electric range: But can they build it?
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Faraday Future 91 revealed with 600km of electric range: But can they build it?

One year after revealing the FFZERO1 concept, Chinese-backed and American-based EV startup Faraday Future has finally revealed its promised first car: the FF 91. The electric startup has been surrounded in recent months by reports of outstanding debts and a shortage of funds, with backer Jia Yueting - founder of China's LeTV empire and, oddly, another EV company in LeEco - admitting to employees in November that the company had overextended itself...


Tesla's new Supercharger stations will offer better than 350kW of power
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Tesla's new Supercharger stations will offer better than 350kW of power

Famously outspoken Tesla boss Elon Musk has again taken to his favourite platform, Twitter, to hint at a powerful new upgrade. Responding to a query from Electrek.com writer Fred Lambert about solar installations at existing Supercharger stations, Musk said that while some are solar-powered already, it would be 'Supercharger V3' that would see the greatest benefit...


Lucid Air revealed ahead of 2018 debut: New all-electric Tesla rival unveiled
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Lucid Air revealed ahead of 2018 debut: New all-electric Tesla rival unveiled

Lucid Motors, the 'new' Chinese-backed and US-based EV brand formerly known as battery technology company Atieva, has unveiled its rival to the all-electric Tesla Model S: the Lucid Air. Officially a concept, Lucid claims it will begin production of the Air at a new facility in Arizona, with the program scheduled to begin in 2018...


China's WM Motor pulls back from 'alleged' EV concept designs: Mitsubishi origins revealed
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China's WM Motor pulls back from 'alleged' EV concept designs: Mitsubishi origins revealed

Chinese electric vehicle startup WM Motor has released a strongly worded declaration that a series of expertly rendered vehicles purported to be a preview of its future line-up are, in fact, not authentic. In a statement released today, the company said: "Any alleged concept design images mentioned over the internet are NOT related to WM Motor to any extent...


Faraday Future previews family-hauling EV ahead of CES debut
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Faraday Future previews family-hauling EV ahead of CES debut

Electric vehicle upstart Faraday Future has handed down a new preview image of its upcoming SUV-styled family car, which will likely be positioned as a rival to the Tesla Model X and the upcoming Jaguar I-Pace. The company had first hinted at this new vehicle with a shadowy silhouette that outlines the car's profile, released in April...


Faraday Future could crumble 'if CES goes badly', Lucid ramps up
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Faraday Future could crumble 'if CES goes badly', Lucid ramps up

If new reports are to be believed, next month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas could be the make-or-break moment for electric vehicle startup Faraday Future. Having revealed nothing more to-date than a sleek futuristic concept, the company has already been declared by some on social media to be a questionable prospect...


Toyota boss Akio Toyoda to lead the charge on EV development
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Toyota boss Akio Toyoda to lead the charge on EV development

Toyota may have pioneered the mass production of hybrid vehicles, but its move into next-generation power has been a less than direct process. To date, the Japanese giant has focused its post-hybrid efforts on a plug-in hybrid EV version of the Prius and the 'other' future alternative energy: hydrogen...


The Audi of 2030 will be an "electrification company": Q5 technology boss
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The Audi of 2030 will be an "electrification company": Q5 technology boss

Audi, already at the forefront of integrating hybrid electric technology with its fleet of luxury vehicles, is a company that is firmly looking to the future. Specifically, an electric future, with more and more research and development focussed on emerging powertrain technology...


BMW, Daimler, Ford, Volkswagen to launch ultra-fast EV network in Europe
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BMW, Daimler, Ford, Volkswagen to launch ultra-fast EV network in Europe

BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group have announced they will partner to build a network of ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations across Europe. The joint venture can be considered a response to the growing Tesla Supercharger network in Europe, which is understood to number around 260 sites - with more to come...


2017 BMW i3 94Ah review: Long-term report one - introduction
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2017 BMW i3 94Ah review: Long-term report one - introduction

The BMW i3 94Ah brings an important update to the electric hatch's driving range, but is it enough to put 'range anxiety' to bed? Over the course of this long-term report, we'll explore that question - and so much more.


Jaguar I-Pace uses Formula E tech for improved performance
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Jaguar I-Pace uses Formula E tech for improved performance

It’s all starting to make sense now, why British luxury carmaker, Jaguar, would dive head-first into the all-electric Formula E racing series. This week, the company unveiled the Jaguar I-Pace Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show - its first ever electric vehicle, only in this case, it’s a performance SUV with styling derived from its C-X75 hybrid-electric supercar concept, which we saw at Paris in 2010...