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Hyundai, Kia collaborating on EV platform

Hyundai and Kia are working on a new electric car platform, set to underpin a range of small and medium-class cars when it launches in 2021. A report from Auto Express reveals the "platform dedicated to electric vehicles is about two years away", according to company insiders...

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Australian Greens' EV targets, and the local car industry's response
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Australian Greens' EV targets, and the local car industry's response

The Australian Greens' proposals to dramatically grow sales of zero-emission vehicles (EV) and add a higher tax to internal combustion luxury cars have been met with a mixed response from key car industry stakeholders. The party, Australia's third-largest by votes as of the last federal election, has pledged to outright ban all internal combustion vehicles by 2030 ( a decade before France does the same, for example)...


2019 Hyundai Kona Electric pricing and specs
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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric pricing and specs

Hyundai Australia has launched its second EV, the Kona Electric, which sits above the Ioniq and gives the company ammunition to become the local leader in semi-affordable, pluggable vehicles. The Kona Electric wears a starting sticker price of $59,990 before on-road costs in Elite spec level: $10,000 pricier than the Nissan Leaf and $15,000 more than a base Ioniq...


2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC review: First Australian ride-along
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2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC review: First Australian ride-along

Riding shotgun in a final-stage Mercedes EQC prototype in Melbourne left us impressed by its refinement, cohesiveness and interior design. The first Benz EV sold here is almost certain to convert many.


Mercedes-Benz EQC here in October, first batch spoken for
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Mercedes-Benz EQC here in October, first batch spoken for

Mercedes-Benz Australia is reporting high levels of buyer interest in its first fully-electric car, the EQC crossover, even though it’s still seven months away from going on sale. The company has taken hundreds of ‘buyer registrations’, more expressions of interest than money-down deposits, since December, and already considers the entire 2019 production supply destined for our market to be effectively spoken for...


Kia e-Niro poised for 2020 Australian Open launch
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Kia e-Niro poised for 2020 Australian Open launch

Kia Australia looks poised to leverage its naming rights sponsorship of the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam to electrifying effect, by using the 2020 event held in January as the launch program for its e-Niro EV crossover. The company is working on an ambitious plan to have a fleet of Niro electric cars serving as shuttle vehicles around Melbourne during the event, in place of the familiar stickered-up Carnivals and Sorentos, with the dealer rollout coinciding...


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...


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...


Australian interest in hybrid, EV growing fast: Roy Morgan
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Australian interest in hybrid, EV growing fast: Roy Morgan

More than half of Australia’s drivers are now “seriously considering” buying a hybrid car instead of a purely petrol-powered option, according to a Roy Morgan survey of more than 50,000 people. The organisation’s market-specific Automotive Currency Report published findings based on in-person interviews with more than 50,000 Australians at home, up to September 2018, including 37,000 current drivers and the rest aged over 14 and intending to be drivers within four years...


BMW i3 120Ah here in February from $68,700
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BMW i3 120Ah here in February from $68,700

BMW Australia has confirmed availability and details for the updated i3 120Ah line-up, scheduled to touch down locally early next year. As before, both standard 'i3' and 'i3s' variants will be offered, with the former kicking off at $68,700 before on-road costs, and the latter priced from $69,900 plus ORCs...


Audi e-tron GT concept teased again
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Audi e-tron GT concept teased again

The Audi e-tron GT concept has been teased again ahead of its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles motor show on November 28, local time. Marc Lichte, Audi's head of design, appeared on Bild to give the German magazine a sneak peak of the car's head- and tail-light designs. He confirmed the car's battery pack will be rated at almost 100kWh, and should allow the e-tron GT to travel around 400km between charges...


MG unveils eZS electric car
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MG unveils eZS electric car

MG has unveiled the eZS, a fully-electric version of its compact ZS SUV, at the Guangzhou motor show. Set to be launched in its home market next year, the eZS is likely to be powered by a 110kW, 350Nm electric motor attached to the front wheels. MG has not yet revealed any further details of the batteries powering the eZS, only that it'll accelerate from 0-50km/h in 3...


Kia Niro EV Australia bound in 2019
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Kia Niro EV Australia bound in 2019

Kia Australia is set to begin selling its first electric car before the end of next year, once its dealer network is up to speed on how to sell and maintain them. The EV in question is the newly revealed e-Niro, which appeared this week at the Paris motor show. It’s a small SUV with a WLTP-tested driving range of 485km on one charge...


Maruti Suzuki testing rugged, cheap EVs for India
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Maruti Suzuki testing rugged, cheap EVs for India

Suzuki is furthering its electrified vehicle rollout, embarking on a testing program led by its India-based, partially-owned subsidiary Maruti Suzuki. Maruti Suzuki is committed to bring an electric vehicle (EV) to India by 2020, and in the lead-up has commenced a nation-wide fleet testing program...


2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC revealed: 300kW EV debuts in Stockholm
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2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC revealed: 300kW EV debuts in Stockholm

The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQC has been unveiled today at a special event in Sweden, two years after it first appeared as a concept at the Paris motor show. As expected, and certainly as hinted by a flood of spy photos and official teaser images, the EQC has more than a little GLC about its styling...


Kalashnikov CV-1: Russia's answer to Tesla revealed
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Kalashnikov CV-1: Russia's answer to Tesla revealed

The all-electric Kalashnikov CV-1 has been revealed at an event in Moscow, touted as Russia's rival to the Tesla Model S. Kalashnikov, known for producing firearms and military equipment – including the AK-47 – has designed the electric "supercar" to look like a 1970s Soviet hatchback...


Mercedes-Benz EQC teased ahead of September 4 reveal
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Mercedes-Benz EQC teased ahead of September 4 reveal

Daimler has published a brief teaser video of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQC this week, ahead of its full reveal, scheduled for September 4. In the short clip posted on Twitter, Mercedes-Benz's parent said it will show off the first all-electric model from the luxury marque next week, also signalling the launch of the EQ electric sub-brand...


Jaguar I-Pace gets five-year warranty - UPDATE
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Jaguar I-Pace gets five-year warranty - UPDATE

Jaguar Australia has announced the I-Pace electric SUV will be backed by a five-year/200,000km warranty Down Under when it arrives in local showrooms in November, bolstered by extended servicing and roadside assistance programs. On top of the five-year factory cover, Jaguar says the I-Pace's battery pack is also covered by an eight-year, 160,000 kilometre warranty...


Rimac C_Two California revealed for Monterey Car Week
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Rimac C_Two California revealed for Monterey Car Week

Rimac Automobili has revealed a special version of its C_Two hypercar, dubbed the 'California', for Monterey Car Week. Distinguishing features include a special bright blue paint job, a unique set of alloy wheels, and a pair of custom champagne bottle holders designed to hold Methusaleh six-litre bottles, with matching flutes...


Pininfarina PF0 interior and exterior teased
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Pininfarina PF0 interior and exterior teased

With the unveiling of the PF0 just days away, Pininfarina has unveiled one final set of teasers for its first own-brand vehicle. The sketches give us a better idea of the car's exterior design, and our first look at the car's cabin, which is a stripped back space with what appears to be luxury-inspired trimmings...