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Lotus to partner with Williams Engineering for electrified drivetrains
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Lotus to partner with Williams Engineering for electrified drivetrains

In a statement released overnight Lotus and Williams confirmed a technical partnership where they will "share research and development into advanced propulsion technologies". Official details about the full extent of the partnership are thin on the ground, but it should be noted, Williams has experience in battery technology and electric drivetrains through its involvement in Formula E...


2020 BMW i4 spied
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2020 BMW i4 spied

The BMW i4 has been spied on the back of the trailer, and it doesn't look too different to how we imagine the next-generation 4 Series Gran Coupe might look. If the electric iX3 and conventionally-powered X3 are a guide, the key differences between the i4 and 4 Series Gran Coupe may be limited to a different front fascia...


Honda Urban EV: Production prototype to debut in Geneva
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Honda Urban EV: Production prototype to debut in Geneva

Honda will offer the first near-production look at its road-ready compact electric vehicle at the 2019 Geneva motor show, with teasers and spy photos confirming the car will owe plenty to the much-loved Urban EV concept from 2017. With its round headlights and minimalist detailing, the new car will be quite a break from not only Honda's recent styling efforts, but from the industry in general...


Volkswagen ID R to chase Nurburgring EV record
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Volkswagen ID R to chase Nurburgring EV record

Volkswagen has turned its energy from Pikes Peak to the Nurburgring, announcing plans to topple the electric lap record currently owned by the NIO EP9. Where it chased the outright record up Pikes Peak, the record within Volkswagen's sights is purely related to electric vehicles. Apparently there's no way the ID R could come close to toppling the 5:19...


Toyota, Panasonic collaborating on battery production
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Toyota, Panasonic collaborating on battery production

Toyota will team up with Panasonic to accelerate battery production, as the automotive giant attempts to set itself up for future electric vehicle demand. The new joint venture will come into force by the end of 2020 pending approval by the relevant authorities, with Toyota taking the dominant (51 per cent) stake in the partnership...


Tesla bumps up Supercharger prices - UPDATE
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Tesla bumps up Supercharger prices - UPDATE

Tesla has jacked up the prices of its Superchargers around the world, having last week cut its workforce and ended its long-running referral program. Discovered by Electrek and confirmed by the company, fee increases of 33 per cent are being reported on Superchargers in some American states. In Australia, the average price for charging will jump from $0...


Dodge Challenger, Charger: Electrified replacements coming "in the next decade"
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Dodge Challenger, Charger: Electrified replacements coming "in the next decade"

The current Dodge Challenger and Charger are old. The chassis on which they're based is 13 years old, to be precise, meaning they're proper dinosaurs in the fast-moving automotive world. They won't stay that way forever, though. Mike Manley, successor to Sergio Marchionne at the helm of Fiat Chrysler, has confirmed they'll be replaced with electrified vehicles "in the next decade"...


Fisker aiming to build US$40k EV - report
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Fisker aiming to build US$40k EV - report

Remember the Fisker Karma? It was an audacious attempt to upset the establishment, powered by a range-extender and designed to take only pictures, leave only footprints on the environment. Money troubles killed the project in 2012, forcing the company to sell its design, rights and assets to a Chinese buyer...


NSW EV charging investment, electric bus trial announced
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NSW EV charging investment, electric bus trial announced

The New South Wales Government has announced a major election promise today, confirming a not insignificant investment in its electric vehicle fleets and the state's growing EV charging network. If successful in the March 23 election, the NSW Liberal party claims its Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Plan will include a $3 million co-investment in fast charging points on major regional corridors, along with $2 million on chargers in commuter car parks...


Ford F-Series, Transit to gain pure electric versions
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Ford F-Series, Transit to gain pure electric versions

Ford has confirmed it's planning to create pure-electric versions of its legendary F-Series pickup truck, which will sit alongside a plug-in Transit. Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference, CEO Jim Hackett told attendees the company is "going to electrifying the F-Series with battery electric and hybrid, and we are doing the same for Transit"...


Cadillac electric crossover previewed
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Cadillac electric crossover previewed

The first-ever electric car from Cadillac has been previewed ahead of its release in a few years time. As we've previously reported, the as-yet-unnamed Cadillac crossover will be the first production car to use General Motors' new electric vehicle platform. The EV platform can accommodate a variety of battery sizes, and can be configured to for front-, rear-, or all-wheel drive setups...


Infiniti QX Inspiration concept revealed in full
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Infiniti QX Inspiration concept revealed in full

The Infiniti QX Inspiration concept car has been unveiled in full at the 2019 Detroit motor show. Riding on Infiniti's upcoming all-electric platform, the QX Inspiration is said to preview the brand's first fully-electric vehicle: a new mid-size crossover with a "high-performance" bent. The car's battery pack is located under the floor to ensure a low centre of gravity for improved handling...


Nissan IMs concept revealed: High-set sedan hits Detroit
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Nissan IMs concept revealed: High-set sedan hits Detroit

Nissan has revealed the IMs concept at the 2019 Detroit motor show, a high-riding electric sedan which could preview a new design direction for the Japanese brand. Dubbed as a "study in duality and contrast", the IMs concept claims to be in a segment of its own as an "elevated sports sedan"...


Cadillac to lead GM's electric car push
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Cadillac to lead GM's electric car push

General Motors (GM) has confirmed Cadillac will become its "lead electric vehicle brand", and be the first to offer a vehicle based on its new EV platform. In a shareholder statement declaring its outlook for 2019, the company said Cadillac will "introduce the first model from the company’s all-new battery electric vehicle architecture"...


Tesla drops 75D versions of Model S, Model X
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Tesla drops 75D versions of Model S, Model X

Tesla will be dropping the entry-level versions of the Model S and Model X from January 14, the company's CEO has confirmed via Twitter – as usual. Elon Musk tweeted that customers have until the end of the coming weekend (ending January 13) to place their order for a 75kWh Model S or Model X...


2014-16 Tesla Model S recalled for Takata airbags
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2014-16 Tesla Model S recalled for Takata airbags

Tesla has initiated its recall for the 2014-16 model-year Model S as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. Like other Takata-related recalls, the fault revolves around airbags propellant that could degrade over time due to exposure to high temperatures and humidity...


Byton M-Byte interior revealed with 48.0-inch screen
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Byton M-Byte interior revealed with 48.0-inch screen

Byton, a Chinese electric car start-up, has revealed the production-ready interior for its first electric vehicle at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Forget about your run-of-the-mill 12.0-inch screens, the M-Byte crossover will feature a gargantuan 48.0-inch curved display spanning from the base of one A-pillar to the other...


2019 Nissan Leaf e+ revealed, not for Oz yet
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2019 Nissan Leaf e+ revealed, not for Oz yet

Nissan has revealed the Leaf e+ this week, a more powerful version of its popular electric vehicle that also offers more range per charge. Scheduled to hit the Japanese market this month ahead of US and European releases later this year, the Leaf e+ claims to offer 40 per cent more range than the standard version, rated at 458km on Japan's WLTC cycle – by comparison, the regular Leaf claims 322km on the same test method...


Polestar 2: Tesla Model 3 competitor teased
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Polestar 2: Tesla Model 3 competitor teased

The Polestar 2, a competitor for the Tesla Model 3, has teased via an image released on the company's social media feeds. Describing the way forward as electric, Polestar confirmed "this year we go all-in with the launch of the electric Polestar 2". While the upcoming Polestar 1 is a 2+2 hybrid coupe based on the Volvo S90, the Polestar 2 is set to be a fully electric model designed to tackle to the Tesla Model 3...


One third of Norway's 2018 new car sales were pure electric
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One third of Norway's 2018 new car sales were pure electric

The growth of electric vehicle sales in Norway continued in 2018, even though the overall market contracted. While overall sales were down 6.8 per cent to 147,929, electric vehicles continued to gobble up market share as they are exempt from most taxes, and are eligible for free parking and charging points...