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VFACTS April 2021: New-car sales results, record month despite semiconductor shortages
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5th May 2021
6 min read

VFACTS April 2021: New-car sales results, record month despite semiconductor shortages

New-car sales across Australia have bounced back from the worst April on record – during the peak of coronavirus lockdowns – to deliver the best April on record. And the Ford Ranger has topped the monthly sales charts for only the third time in its history, displacing the Toyota HiLux which maintains its lead in the year-to-date tally and is on-track for its sixth annual win in a row.
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Joshua Dowling
The Australian states with the most – and fewest – electric car charging points
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28th Oct 2020
2 min read

The Australian states with the most – and fewest – electric car charging points

New South Wales is officially the state with the largest number of public electric car charging points in Australia – but it has room to improve if it's going to continue servicing the growing number of electric cars on its roads. A new study from insurance company Budget Direct has broken down the number of DC fast-charging and AC charging points in each state, ranking them based on how many sites there are per electric vehicles on the roads.
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Susannah Guthrie
Western Australia introduces $1000 fines for mobile phone use
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12th Feb 2020
2 min read

Western Australia introduces $1000 fines for mobile phone use

Western Australia is joining Queensland in implementing steeper fines and harsher penalties for motorists using their mobile phone while driving. From July 1, 2020, an on-the-spot fine of $1000 and four demerit points will apply to the offence of texting, emailing, using social media, watching videos or accessing the internet while driving. The current penalty for driver phone use in WA is a $400 fine and three demerit points.
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Susannah Guthrie
Senate EV Inquiry Chair meets with industry ahead of hearings
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25th Jul 2018
2 min read

Senate EV Inquiry Chair meets with industry ahead of hearings

The upcoming Senate Inquiry into electric vehicles will meet today meet with the Electric Vehicle Council in Melbourne, ahead of formal written submissions closing on July 27. Led by South Australian Senator, Tim Storer, the inquiry will investigate the "economic, environmental and social benefits" of widespread electric vehicle adoption Down Under, using a Bloomberg report claiming 50 per cent of global new car sales will be electric as part of his inspiration.
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Scott Collie
Hands-free driverless testing "5 or 6 years away" for Victoria
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31st Oct 2017
4 min read

Hands-free driverless testing "5 or 6 years away" for Victoria

Revised regulations could allow autonomous vehicles on California roads without a human minder in the driver seat next year, but it could be five or six years before we see similar tests on local roads.
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Scott Collie