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General Motors not keen on electric or autonomous pickups

General Motors is planning to introduce 20 new electric cars over the next five years, but an electric pickup truck isn't part of the plan. Mike Abelson, GM vice president of global strategy, told The Detroit Free Press the company believes it will "lead the industry" in electric vehicles at some point in the next decade...

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Volkswagen mulling sub-€20,000 electric car - report
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Volkswagen mulling sub-€20,000 electric car - report

Volkswagen is reportedly considering building an entry-level electric car priced below the important €20,000 ($32,300) barrier in Europe. According to Reuters, the group's supervisory board will meet on November 16, European time, to discuss the proposal...


Toyota Australia: People don't want plug-in hybrids
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Toyota Australia: People don't want plug-in hybrids

Toyota Australia is in no hurry to bring plug-in hybrid vehicles Down Under, arguing punters want the "normality" offered by its current approach to electrification. As announced last week, the brand will expand its current hybrid range from five to 10 vehicles by 2020 in Australia, as it looks to capitalise on the momentum created by the strong-selling Corolla and Camry hybrids...


Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Kona Electric top real-world range tests
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Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Kona Electric top real-world range tests

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Kona Electric have begun rolling out across the company's export markets, and new tests from the UK have seen the Korean EVs perform strongly in terms of real-world range. Britain's What Car? recently announced the results of its 'Real Range' tests for electric cars currently available in the UK, complementing the firm's existing 'True MPG' tests for combustion-powered vehicles...


Fleet operators looking to go electric - survey
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Fleet operators looking to go electric - survey

Fleet operators are starting to take notice of electric vehicles, as the range of affordable battery-powered cars offered in Australia starts to expand, according to a small survey carried out on fleet operators...


Biomega Sin: Danish bike maker's first electric car unveiled
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Biomega Sin: Danish bike maker's first electric car unveiled

Danish bike maker Biomega has revealed the Sin, a new stripped-back electric vehicle that also happens to be its first four-wheeled product. Biomega has taken Scandinavian minimalism to new levels with its first automotive design, arguing it deliberately rejected "superfluous styling in favour of low cost, comfort and sustainability"...


Motorists set a very high bar for autonomous safety - survey
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Motorists set a very high bar for autonomous safety - survey

The general public has very, very high expectations for autonomous vehicle safety, according to a survey from toll-road operator EastLink...


Road tax: Public support growing for user-pays model - survey
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Road tax: Public support growing for user-pays model - survey

Public support for a 'road tax' to replace the current fuel excise is growing, according to a new survey from EastLink. The latest EastLink Self Driving Car Survey found 47 per cent of people think it's unfair for electric vehicles to use the roads without paying fuel tax to fund their maintenance, while a slight majority favoured replacing the current fuel excise with a 'road-use charge'...


Audi RSQ e-tron: Cartoon concept unveiled
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Audi RSQ e-tron: Cartoon concept unveiled

Audi has unveiled a concept car with a difference, combining electric power with automation, voice activation, and a pure-electric powertrain. The only caveat? It's been developed for an animated film... The RSQ e-tron will feature in Spies In Disguise alongside Lance Sterling, voiced by Will Smith, as the superhero's automotive sidekick...


Faraday Future to shut down operations after co-founder resigns - UPDATE
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Faraday Future to shut down operations after co-founder resigns - UPDATE

UPDATE, 4 November 2018: In an email to CarAdvice, Jacob Brown, Faraday Future's manager for product and lifestyle communications, said the company is not shutting down operations and has "hired a new financial advisor team team this week to assist as we move forward in seeking funding". We will continue to report on Faraday Future's path forward as news come to hand...


Podcast Special: All things electric with the Australian EV Council, JET Charge
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Podcast Special: All things electric with the Australian EV Council, JET Charge

It's been a big month for electric vehicles. In Victoria, a new electric vehicle manufacturing facility has been announced for Morwell, bringing 500 new jobs to the LaTrobe Valley in the process. On a national scale, we've seen the announcement of a new brand-agnostic, 350kW ultra-fast charge network linking Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney...


Chevrolet Camaro eCOPO: Electric drag racer unveiled
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Chevrolet Camaro eCOPO: Electric drag racer unveiled

Developed in conjunction with Hancock and Lane Racing, a team specialising electric drag racing, the Chevrolet Camaro eCOPO concept has an electric motor making over 522kW (700hp) of power, and 813Nm of torque. Chevrolet estimates the eCOPO can blast through the quarter mile (400m) in around 9.0 seconds, although the company admits testing is still ongoing...


Volkswagen may share MEB EV platform with Ford
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Volkswagen may share MEB EV platform with Ford

Volkswagen may grant Ford access to the company's upcoming MEB electric car platform as part of wide-ranging collaboration talks between the two car makers. During a conference call discussing the German automaker's third quarter results, Frank Witter, the Volkswagen Group's chief financial officer (CFO), told Automotive News and other outlets, "Whether we might provide access [to MEB] to other brands outside of the VW Group is theoretically possible, but there is no decision"...


Morwell trading coal for EVs with new factory commitment
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Morwell trading coal for EVs with new factory commitment

A new SEA Electric factory will be built in Morwell, Victoria, set to employ 500 workers manufacturing pure-electric vans and buses on a 20,000 square-metre site. Although initial production capacity will be 2400 vehicles each year, the Victorian Government – which is helping fund the new factory as part of its $266 million LaTrobe Valley Support Package, designed to aid the transition from coal-reliant employment in the region – says the facility will be fully scalable, with headroom to double that output when required...


Bentley could launch electric car by 2025
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Bentley could launch electric car by 2025

Bentley could launch its first all-electric production vehicle before 2025, according to a new report from the USA. Adrian Hallmark, Bentley CEO, has told Reuters the company is currently debating if it should produce its first fully-electric model, with a decision due within a year. If given the green light, Hallmark says the plan is to have the car on the market "definitely before 2025"...


Tesla Model 3 coming to Australia in 'mid-2019'
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Tesla Model 3 coming to Australia in 'mid-2019'

The Tesla Model 3 should start arriving in Australia during the middle of 2019, according to new tweets from company CEO, Elon Musk. Asked by a customer about when the 'affordable' electric sedan would be arriving locally, Musk responded with "around mid-2019" – actually sooner than the initial timeframe promised...


Volkswagen launching autonomous ride-hailing service
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Volkswagen launching autonomous ride-hailing service

Volkswagen will launch an autonomous, electric ride-hailing service in 2019, as part of a partnership with Mobileye and Champion Motors in Israel. The pure-electric cars will come from Volkswagen, a plug-and-play Level 4 autonomous kit is being supplied by Mobileye, and Champion Motors will manage the fleet control centre...


Federal inquiry into Australian automated mass-transit announced
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Federal inquiry into Australian automated mass-transit announced

A new inquiry into the use of automation in mass-transit systems around Australia has been announced, as the Infrastructure, Transport and Cities Committee looks to make public transport "better, stronger and faster" going forward. The inquiry, which will also investigate the role new fuel sources like hydrogen and electric power can play on road, rail and point-to-point delivery vehicles going forward, is accepting submissions until December 7, 2018...


FBI investigating Tesla's Model 3 production targets
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FBI investigating Tesla's Model 3 production targets

The US government is reportedly looking into whether aggressive production targets for the Tesla Model 3 were misleading for investors. Sources have told The Wall Street Journal the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) is investigating whether the electric car maker misled investors with its ambitious production targets for the Model 3...


Hydrogen and electric will work hand-in-hand - Hyundai
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Hydrogen and electric will work hand-in-hand - Hyundai

Much has been made of the battle between hydrogen and electric power, as the motoring world looks to wean itself off fossil fuels. Depending on who you ask, that's the wrong way of looking at things...