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2020 FCAI Australian vehicle emissions report: Toyota tops passenger cars, tanks on utes, vans and 4WDs
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8th Apr 2021
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2020 FCAI Australian vehicle emissions report: Toyota tops passenger cars, tanks on utes, vans and 4WDs

A damning report released today by the car industry has exposed just how far behind Australia’s vehicle emissions are compared to world’s best practice – prompting calls for a mandatory Federal Government code and better quality fuels. In Europe car makers are fined if they don’t meet stringent vehicle fleet average emissions targets, and the policy has been one of the main drivers of the rapid development of electric cars there – even though customer demand is still relatively low.
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Joshua Dowling
Toyota opens Victoria's first hydrogen production and storage facility
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29th Mar 2021
2 min read

Toyota opens Victoria's first hydrogen production and storage facility

Toyota has opened Victoria’s first commercial hydrogen production, storage, and refuelling facility, at the site of its former manufacturing plant in Altona. A 200kW electrolyser – which draws voltage from an 87kW solar system, 100kW battery, and the mains grid – is used to 'decompose' water into hydrogen and oxygen, and, according to Toyota, this can produce up to 80kg of the zero-emission fuel each day.
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William Davis
Gold Coast rolls out public electric vehicle charging stations
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20th Jan 2021
1 min read

Gold Coast rolls out public electric vehicle charging stations

The first of 10 new public charging stations has been installed in the Gold Coast, as part of a scheme to ease range anxiety and increase the uptake of electric vehicles (EV) across the region. Broadbeach was the first suburb to acquire the new infrastructure, with Coolangatta, Southport, Pimpama, Carrara, Bundall and Nerang set to follow. Built by Brisbane-based company Tritium, the 75kW DC chargers were funded through a $350,000 contribution from the local government.
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William Davis
UK auto industry body criticises Boris Johnson's car ban plan
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6th Feb 2020
3 min read

UK auto industry body criticises Boris Johnson's car ban plan

A major automotive industry body in the UK has criticised British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement that his government will ban the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars in the United Kingdom from 2035. Johnson's plan, revealed at the launch of an upcoming United Nations climate summit, means the ban will be implemented a full five years earlier than the original deadline of 2040.
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Susannah Guthrie
Ford EcoSport recycles 470 plastic bottles for carpets
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21st Jun 2019
2 min read

Ford EcoSport recycles 470 plastic bottles for carpets

Ford has outlined one of its measures for a sustainable future, detailing its use of recycled plastic bottles in the EcoSport SUV. Since the little crossover went on sale in 2012, Ford has reused more than 650 million 500ml plastic bottles to make the vehicle’s carpets, with each car giving 470 bottles a new lease on life.
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James Wong