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Nissan confident Leaf will remain top global EV

Nissan’s global EV program director is confident the second-generation Leaf will retain its predecessor’s mantle as the global electric sales king, despite the spectre of a tougher competitor set...

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Nissan puts Leaf tech to use in electric bus trial
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Nissan puts Leaf tech to use in electric bus trial

Nissan has repurposed the electric powertrain from the Leaf for a zero local-emission bus trial in Japan. The trial, led by Kumamoto University on Japan's southern Kyushu island, is aimed at tackling the high costs involved in developing electric heavy vehicles...


Autonomous driving better suited to hydrogen fuel-cell EVs: Hyundai
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Autonomous driving better suited to hydrogen fuel-cell EVs: Hyundai

Hyundai’s global boss says the power demands of a fully-autonomous vehicle will require a great deal of processing power that today’s pure electric vehicles may find more difficult to provide. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, Hyundai’s global vice chairman, Chung Eui-sun, said his company’s investment in hydrogen technology is with a long-term view that also encompasses the benefits it brings to level four and five autonomous driving...


Kia Niro EV concept to be revealed next week
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Kia Niro EV concept to be revealed next week

Kia has handed down a series of shadowy teasers for its expected Niro EV, first reported in February last year. Based on the petrol-electric Niro hybrid SUV revealed a full year before reports of an all-electric model surfaced, next week's unveiling is described as a concept - although the preview images suggest we can expect a design very similar to the existing Niro...


Tesla Model S-based Shooting Brake revealed
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Tesla Model S-based Shooting Brake revealed

A UK-based company has produced its first Shooting Brake, based on the Tesla Model S. We know what you're thinking - "wasn't it meant to be revealed next year?" - but this is actually a different company and a different car. Qwest is a recently-formed aftermarket conversion company based in Norfolk, UK, that has been working for over a year on the wagon-backed Model S, touting the vehicle as the "world's first and quickest EV Shooting Brake"...


Continental to unveil bi-directional, wireless charging systems at CES
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Continental to unveil bi-directional, wireless charging systems at CES

Continental AG will use the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to launch a new wireless charging system, capable of delivering one kilometre of range per minute. The inductive charging technology is fitted with a micro-navigation system, which uses magnets to position the car ten-times more accurately than conventional park guidance systems...


Hyundai to ramp up electric program - report
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Hyundai to ramp up electric program - report

Hyundai is preparing an electric vehicle (EV) onslaught for the next decade, with a senior executive admitting the company was late to the party. Speaking to European media, Lee Ki-sang, senior vice-president for Hyundai, said the brand is "late by around three years" to electric vehicles. "Hyundai should have been a first mover of EVs, but it is still staying as a fast follower...


Honda to show swappable battery at CES 2018
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Honda to show swappable battery at CES 2018

Honda will use the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to demonstrate a portable, swappable battery pack for electric vehicles (EVs). The battery pack will be displayed as part of a 'Mobile Power Pack World' exhibit, which looks into swappable batteries and smarter energy management...


BMW planning unique electric motors and batteries; working on emotionally appealing sound for EVs
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BMW planning unique electric motors and batteries; working on emotionally appealing sound for EVs

BMW says that while the current design of electric motors across the world's various brands may not be as varied as with internal combustion engines (ICE), its investment in battery technology and integrated electric motor units will see it step ahead of the competition in the years to come...


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...


Mercedes-Benz EV to launch 2019, amid calls for more government support
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Mercedes-Benz EV to launch 2019, amid calls for more government support

Mercedes-Benz Australia says it will bring its first full-electric vehicle to market in 2019, but it needs the support of the government to justify long-term investment in the requisite local infrastructure. Speaking to CarAdvice the brand’s local head of communication, David McCarthy, said there is a great deal of interest in electric vehicles from Mercedes Australia...


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...


Porsche: Developing electric technology an "enormous burden"
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Porsche: Developing electric technology an "enormous burden"

Porsche's chief financial officer, Lutz Meschke, says the manufacturer may need to accept a "temporary drop in profitability" as it transitions to focus on electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Speaking to Automotive News Europe, Meschke described the costs of developing electric technology as an "enormous burden"...


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...


What sound will a Nissan EV make?
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What sound will a Nissan EV make?

Electric cars may well be capable of driving in relative silence — save tyre noise — but that doesn’t mean regulators are going to let them. As a result, car-makers moving into the EV space must give them artificial ‘notes’ to warn pedestrians — potentially busy on their smartphones...


Volkswagen Group CEO calls out Tesla for low volume, consistent losses
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Volkswagen Group CEO calls out Tesla for low volume, consistent losses

Volkswagen Group CEO, Matthias Müller, has used a panel discussion to take aim at Tesla. Speaking at a forum about the future of the automotive industry, Müller didn’t mince words when talking about the low volumes, regular losses and reported layoffs plaguing Tesla...


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”...


Tesla completes Supercharger network between Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane
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Tesla completes Supercharger network between Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane

Tesla has continued the expansion of its charging network in Australia, with five new Superchargers in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. A charge station in Horsham means the Supercharger link between Melbourne and Adelaide is now complete, while stations in Keith, Clare Valley and the Adelaide city centre are designed to allow Model S and Model X owners to travel between Adelaide and Brisbane without running flat...


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...