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Porsche Taycan: Orders building for brand-first EV - report

The Porsche Taycan hasn't even been revealed in its final form yet, but orders are already coming in thick and fast. Speaking with the Autocar, managing director for Porsche UK, Alexander Pollich, confirmed order books opened earlier this month and interest has been strong...

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Pininfarina teases electric PF0 hypercar
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Pininfarina teases electric PF0 hypercar

Beyond the fact it can do 400km/h, details about the Pininfarina PF0 were hard to come by when it was initially teased. Now, in a pair of American interviews, the company has revealed some extra performance figures that should make the upcoming Tesla Roadster very, very nervous...


Tide turning for green cars: 'Majority of buyers' keen on hybrids
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Tide turning for green cars: 'Majority of buyers' keen on hybrids

More than 50 per cent of Australian new car buyers would seriously consider buying a hybrid, while diesel's popularity is starting to wane, according to a new local study. According to the latest Roy Morgan Automotive Currency Report, 51.6 per cent of Aussie drivers aged over 18 would "seriously consider buying" a hybrid vehicle, up from just 48...


Polestar 2 to offer 560km range - report
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Polestar 2 to offer 560km range - report

The upcoming Polestar 2 electric vehicle will offer over 560 kilometres of range and start around $53,500 in the UK – according to a new report. Speaking with the UK's Autocar, Polestar's chief operating officer, Jonathan Goodman, confirmed the details at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, indicating the Swedish rival to the Tesla Model 3 will be no lightweight in terms of range and performance...


Volkswagen I.D. R sets electric Goodwood hillclimb record
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Volkswagen I.D. R sets electric Goodwood hillclimb record

Volkswagen has added another record to the I.D. R's trophy cabinet, setting a new high watermark for electric cars up the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb. The low-slung electric Volkswagen took just 43.05 seconds to complete the run, comfortably besting the 47.34 mark set by Jonny Cocker in the Lola-Drayson B12 69/EV...


Renault Zoe EV: Dealers, list price confirmed
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Renault Zoe EV: Dealers, list price confirmed

Renault has confirmed the Australian dealers that will sell the Zoe EV, while the electric hatchback's list price of $47,990 before on-road costs has also been announced. CarAdvice last week confirmed the Zoe and Kangoo EV would be added to the regular Renault roster, marking a move away from the brand's previous fleet-only strategy...


2019 Mini Electric teased
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2019 Mini Electric teased

Mini has released a pair of sketches showing components that will feature on the upcoming all-electric version of the Hatch, scheduled for launch in 2019. The first image (above) shows the new model's front grille, while the second (below) shows the futuristic alloy wheel design – both largely unchanged from the Mini Electric concept (bottom) shown last year...


Volkswagen I.D. R sets sights on Goodwood Hillclimb record
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Volkswagen I.D. R sets sights on Goodwood Hillclimb record

Hot on the heels of its triumph at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, Volkswagen is letting the all-electric I.D. R loose at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The all-wheel drive tearaway will be piloted by Romain Dumas, who has his sights set on breaking yet another pure-electric record. Along with the I.D...


Skoda will apply RS badge to electric SUV - report
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Skoda will apply RS badge to electric SUV - report

Skoda will slap its RS performance badge on its upcoming electric crossover, according to a new report from the UK. According to Autocar, the hotted-up electric SUV – likely to be badged 'eRS' – will touch down in 2022, just over 12 months after the regular production models are revealed. Don't expect the car to be 100 per cent performance-focused, though...


BMW and Great Wall sign agreement to produce Mini EV in China
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BMW and Great Wall sign agreement to produce Mini EV in China

The BMW Group and Great Wall Motor have signed a joint venture agreement to produce electric vehicles for Mini in China, under the company name Spotlight Automotive Limited. Along with the upcoming electric Mini models, the joint venture will also produce EVs for Great Wall, with the facility to be located in the Chinese province of Jiangsu, north of Shanghai...


Electric GT Tesla hits the track - video
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Electric GT Tesla hits the track - video

After being given the green light in February this year, the Electric GT race series is gearing up to kick off in November. We know what the cars will look like, and we know how much power they'll have (580kW/995Nm), but the question of how a heavy, battery-electric Tesla translates to the racetrack still needs answering...


Renault Kangoo ZE: Electric van priced from $52,527 for private buyers
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Renault Kangoo ZE: Electric van priced from $52,527 for private buyers

Renault Australia has will start selling the Kangoo ZE all-electric van to private buyers, offering it alongside the Zoe city car at a handful of specially-trained dealers. Previously reserved for fleet buyers, the electric load-lugger will be priced from $52,527 drive-away. Power comes from a 33kWh lithium-ion battery pack hooked up to a synchronous electric motor making 44kW and and 226Nm of torque...


2019 Peugeot 208 GTi could go electric - report
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2019 Peugeot 208 GTi could go electric - report

The next-generation Peugeot 208 GTi is set to be revealed next year, and it could offer the option of petrol or electric power – according to a new report out of the UK. Auto Express quotes Peugeot's CEO, Jean-Pierre Imparato, indicating that customers will be able to "choose their powertrain"...


Renault Zoe EV: Sales open to all, priced from $51,990
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Renault Zoe EV: Sales open to all, priced from $51,990

Renault Australia will start offering the pure-electric Zoe to regular Australian customers, moving away from its current fleet-only sales setup for the itsy-bitsy battery-powered city car. Speaking with CarAdvice at the opening of the world's first Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance joint parts distribution warehouse in Truganina, Melbourne, Renault's local managing director, Andrew Moore, confirmed the Zoe and Kangoo ZE will be offered to private buyers through select dealerships...


Volkswagen Beetle: Next-gen car to become an electric four-door - report
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Volkswagen Beetle: Next-gen car to become an electric four-door - report

The next-generation Volkswagen Beetle could be a four-door only model riding on the company's MEB electric car platform, available with rear-wheel drive. According to Autocar, this proposal is currently under consideration by the people who matter at Volkswagen, but a decision has yet to be reached...


2019 Audi e-tron interior revealed
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2019 Audi e-tron interior revealed

Audi has revealed the interior of its upcoming e-tron electric SUV, amid speculation its launch has been delayed after CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested over the risk of 'evidence suppression'. The car's cabin doesn't break too significantly with Audi's new design language, combining sharp-edged horizontal lines with enough touchscreens to make a fingerprint-phobe break into a cold sweat...


Tesla Model 3: 5000-car week achieved
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Tesla Model 3: 5000-car week achieved

Tesla has built 5000 Model 3s in a week – thanks in part to a hastily-erected tent in the brand's Fremont factory parking lots – marking the completion of an Elon Musk promise. The strong Model 3 output, combined with good demand for Model S/X, drove second-quarter production to 53,339 vehicles, a new record. Meeting the goal hasn't been easy for Tesla...


Senate Committee to investigate potential for local EV manufacturing
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Senate Committee to investigate potential for local EV manufacturing

A new Committee on Electric Vehicles has been formed in the Australian Senate, with the goal of lending "much needed momentum and leadership" to the push for electric cars Down Under. Headed by Tim Storer, Independent Senator for South Australia, the committee will explore the "economic, environmental and social benefits" widespread adoption of electric vehicles could offer for Australia...


EV-promoting Helsinki singing taxi enters service
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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...


2019 Chevrolet Volt upgraded with faster charging
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2019 Chevrolet Volt upgraded with faster charging

Chevrolet has announced a new, faster charging system for its Volt hybrid, helping halve the time required for a full battery. The 7.2kW charger is aimed at owners who like "opportunity charging" – plugging in for a quick top-up when the chance arises – and drops full recharge time to 2.3 hours when hooked up to the right kind of socket...