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Every car leaving the Australian market in 2020 – UPDATE

It's been a big year for automotive in 2020, with the exit of Holden, the cancellation of international motor shows and the Australian Grand Prix due to coronavirus, and the steady decline of new car sales. In a challenging climate, it's perhaps unsurprising that carmakers are reducing their ranges, discontinuing under-performers and replacing older models with hybrids, electric cars or new creations altogether...

Uber pushes to electrify service with help from Renault, Nissan, and GM

Uber has pledged to make its fleet of cars carbon neutral, however concedes this process will likely take two decades. A spokesperson for Uber told CarAdvice the company is “committing to become a fully zero-emission platform by 2040, with 100 per cent of rides taking place in zero-emission vehicles, on public transit, or with micro-mobility”...

Electric car subsidies: how Australia compares to the rest of the world

Australian buyers pay substantially more for electric cars than motorists in Europe and the US, where generous government subsidies and strict emissions targets have forced prices down. While the financial incentives to purchase electric vehicles overseas can equate to as much as €12,000 ($AU20,000) per car, buyers in Australia get little to no taxpayer assistance...

2021 Renault Zoe: Plug pulled on French electric car

One of Australia’s cheapest electric cars – the Renault Zoe – has had its plug pulled after just 63 were sold over the past three years. Indeed, over the same period, Australians bought two-and-a-half times more Rolls-Royces (158), seven times as many Lamborghinis (457), and 12 times as many Ferraris (818) than Renault Zoe electric cars...

How to get a 'free' electric car

Fancy an electric car for free? There's only one catch: you will need to move to Germany. Tax exemptions for electric cars in parts of Europe are now so generous it is possible to lease a brand-new zero-emissions vehicle at almost zero cost. German dealership Autohaus Koenig has begun advertising Renault Zoe leases for “free” – after a deposit of €3100 ($AU5060) – thanks to new government rebates...

Australia's most affordable hybrid and electric cars

The list of electric car and hybrid car options in Australia expands with every passing year, but their often prohibitive cost – particularly in the case of EVs – remains a major barrier to their uptake. Hybrid drivetrains are complex, while batteries for hybrid or electric cars are expensive to manufacture, which bumps up the price of hybrid and electric cars across the board...

Electric cars in Australia: Every model available (and some nearly here)

As Australian sales of electric cars continue to rise and industry bodies urge the Federal Government to make charging infrastructure a national priority, it appears EVs (electric vehicles) have progressed beyond buzzword status to present-day reality...

French startup releases a towable range extender for your EV

French company EP Tender has revealed a novel way of extending the range of an electric vehicle (EV), with a tiny trailer filled with batteries. The range-extending trailer houses 60kWh batteries that can add 350 miles (563 kilometres) of range and be charged while driving...

How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle? How does an EV charge? Plus our EV glossary

Electric vehicles, or EVs, are coming. With recent government policy announcements honing in on a 'green' future, there's some misinformation about charging an EV and how long they actually take to charge. While this isn't a deep dive or a technical analysis, we've aimed to break down how charging works (in very basic terms) and how long you would expect each of the EVs on the market in Australia to charge...

Renault Australia: 'every model new or updated by the end of 2020'

French carmaker Renault is about to jump start its Australian operations yet again – but this time the company will be boosted by the newest model range in the industry. In the space of just 12 months Renault’s line-up will be comprised of completely new or updated models. Some will be here before the end of this year...

Renault Clio RS replacement could be hot Zoe – report

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Ok, let’s start with the bad news. Auto Express reports Renault won’t be producing an RS version of its new, fifth-generation Clio. The good news? There may be a replacement of sorts – a hotted-up version of the Renault Zoe electric hatch...