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More Australian buyers keen on electric cars, but doubts remain - survey

More Australian buyers than ever before would consider an electric vehicle as their next car purchase, according to a new survey from the nation's peak electric vehicle body. As part of its annual State of Electric Vehicles report, the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) worked with insurers NRMA, RACV and RAA to survey 2902 Australian consumers and found 56 per cent would consider an electric car as their next vehicle, up on 53 per cent in 2019...

Electric cars in Australia: Every model available (and some nearly here)

As Australian sales of electric cars continue to rise and industry bodies urge the Federal Government to make charging infrastructure a national priority, it appears EVs (electric vehicles) have progressed beyond buzzword status to present-day reality...

BMW i3 Urban Suite revealed

BMW has revealed the i3 Urban Suite ahead of its debut at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Although it shares its exterior and powertrain with the mould-breaking i3 electric vehicle, the Urban Suite subs its four-seat interior for a two-seat setup designed to evoke "the relaxed feel of a boutique hotel"...

BMW i3 won't be replaced - report

The i3 introduced BMW buyers to the idea of a BMW-branded electric car. Now, it’s done its job and it’s time to move on. The Financial Times reports BMW won’t develop a second-generation of its first electric car, the i3. Pieter Nota, BMW’s sales and marketing chief, told the Financial Times there’s "no specific plan for an i3 successor"...

BMW Australia, Chargefox announce charging subscription for i3 owners

BMW Australia and Chargefox have announced a partnership that sees owners of the i3 120Ah get a three-year subscription to the charge solution firm's 'Ultra-Rapid' network. The benefits program offers a yearly allowance of 250kWh, which equates to a little over six full charges of the top-spec i3's 120Ah battery pack...

BMW i3 future uncertain - report

BMW’s i3 was one of the earliest ‘mainstream’ electric vehicles, but it may be retired after its first generation according to a new report. Speaking with the UK’s Auto Express, BMW member of the board of management, Pieter Nota, said: “It is difficult to say if the i3 will have a straight successor as it [electrification] goes more into the mainstream like the upcoming iX3”...

BMW i3 120Ah here in February from $68,700

BMW Australia has confirmed availability and details for the updated i3 120Ah line-up, scheduled to touch down locally early next year. As before, both standard 'i3' and 'i3s' variants will be offered, with the former kicking off at $68,700 before on-road costs, and the latter priced from $69,900 plus ORCs...

BMW's i brand is where risks are taken

When you see the final result of years of engineering and testing, it's easy to overlook the perceived risks that a company undertakes any time it steps either outside its comfort zone, or into a new area of development. Australian journalists assembled for the Paris motor show asked two of the most obvious questions surrounding BMW's i brand – where was the Vision iNext concept, and how risky is it to put that much tech into a single vehicle? Dr...

2019 BMW i3 gains bigger 42.2kWh battery

The BMW i3 has been updated with an improved battery pack, which is now rated at 120Ah of capacity and 42.2kWh of gross energy storage. This is the second battery pack upgrade for the i3: in 2016 the original 60Ah/22.6kWh unit was replaced by a 90Ah/33kWh pack. BMW claims the new 120Ah battery gives the standard i3 a range of between 285 and 310 kilometres using the WLTP standard, up from the 235 to 255km rating of the 90Ah car...

BMW i3 'energy dispenser' revealed

BMW engineers are working on a way to use the battery in the i3 as an external power source, as part of a plan to make the car an 'electricity dispenser'. In a video dubbed 'The Simple Life', a BMW i3 – outfitted with chunky tyres and a roof rack, no less – heads through the Swiss hills, with a load of cheese in the back...

EV-promoting Helsinki singing taxi enters service

Ride sharing, driven by the rise of Uber and Lyft, has completely changed the taxi market, but this is a strange entry to the mobility market. Meet the Fortum Singalong Shuttle, an electric Helsinki taxi that accepts only singing as payment. This is an odd story, we realise...