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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...

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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...


Hyundai N: Two more models likely, but no G70 N - report
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Hyundai N: Two more models likely, but no G70 N - report

Hyundai's N division is plotting two more models after the i30 Fastback N (above) – set to debut at the Paris motor show – but a more focused version of the Genesis G70 luxury sedan won't be among them. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News, Hyundai's head of vehicle testing and high-performance development, Albert Biermann, said a fourth N model is definitely in the plan, with an additional "surprise" potentially in the pipeline...


Holden announces $28 million for autonomy and EVs, 150 new jobs
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Holden announces $28 million for autonomy and EVs, 150 new jobs

General Motors (GM) has announced plans to make Holden a hub for engineering autonomous technology and electric vehicles, pouring an additional $28 million into local research and development, and promising 150 new engineering and design jobs. That takes the annual spend on research and design for Holden beyond $120 million, an increase of around 30 per cent, and will push the local design and engineering team to around 500 employees...


Hyundai Ioniq, Kona Electric, Veloster launch dates detailed
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Hyundai Ioniq, Kona Electric, Veloster launch dates detailed

Hyundai Australia has detailed its model rollout over for the coming months, including launch times for the new Ioniq, Veloster and Kona Electric. Kicking off proceedings will be the three-strong Ioniq family (top), set to go on sale in hybrid, plug-in and electric guises from October. Power in the Ioniq Hybrid comes from a 77kW/147Nm 1...


Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow teased
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Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow teased

A new video has given the world a peek at the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow concept, set to launch at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Initially previewed as the Aesthetic Progressive Luxury, the slinky concept pays tribute to the legendary Silver Arrows racers of the 1930s...


2020 BMW 3 Series 'Electric' spied
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2020 BMW 3 Series 'Electric' spied

A prototype believed to be an all-electric BMW 3 Series has been spied this week, indicating the next-generation mid-sizer could be getting a pure-electric variant. Serving as the Bavarian marque's direct rival to the Tesla Model 3, the electric 3 Series doesn't give much away in terms of distinguishing features from its combustion-powered siblings, other than the 'Electric Test Vehicle' stickers plastered on the sides and rear...


2019 Chevrolet Volt upgraded with faster charging
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2019 Chevrolet Volt upgraded with faster charging

Chevrolet has announced a new, faster charging system for its Volt hybrid, helping halve the time required for a full battery. The 7.2kW charger is aimed at owners who like "opportunity charging" – plugging in for a quick top-up when the chance arises – and drops full recharge time to 2.3 hours when hooked up to the right kind of socket...


Volkswagen I.D. R prepping for high-altitude Pikes Peak torture test
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Volkswagen I.D. R prepping for high-altitude Pikes Peak torture test

Volkswagen isn't necessarily the first brand that springs to mind when you say 'Pikes Peak', but the German giant has its eyes set on all-electric glory at the legendary Colorado hillclimb. Central to the charge is the I.D. R, the first factory-backed Volkswagen to enter the event since the twin-engine Golf GTI it ran in 1987...


BAIC EC is the top-selling electric car worldwide
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BAIC EC is the top-selling electric car worldwide

The BAIC EC has zoomed up the charts to become the world's best-selling electric car during the first three months of 2018. In figures released overnight by JATO Dynamics, the BAIC EC notched up 25,630 sales (up 260 per cent) during the first quarter of this year, taking the provisional sales crown from the Nissan Leaf, which thanks to a new generation model was up 47 per cent to 22,124...


2018 Hyundai Kona Electric revealed
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2018 Hyundai Kona Electric revealed

Hyundai has unveiled its pure-electric Kona EV overnight, with up to 150kW of power and a 470km range. The battery-powered compact SUV will be offered in two trim levels: short- and long-range. In short-range guise, the car is powered by a 99kW/395Nm electric motor, good for a 9.3 second sprint to 100km/h and 167km/h flat out. It draws on a 39...


BMW, Nissan lead criticism over lack of government support for EVs
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BMW, Nissan lead criticism over lack of government support for EVs

Two pioneering manufacturers in the electric vehicle (EV) market, BMW and Nissan, have called on the Australian Federal Government to incentivise buyers of low-emission cars, citing evidence from Europe, Asia and North America...


Nissan e-Power explained, Australian launch a certainty
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Nissan e-Power explained, Australian launch a certainty

Nissan will introduce its e-Power petrol-electric drivetrain in Australia in the near future, to complement its zero emissions car rollout, led by the new Leaf due at the end of 2018 – and set to comprise 12 electric Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi vehicles by 2022. This self-described technology ‘bridge’ is Nissan’s unique twist on plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and mild hybrid (HEV) offerings...


Nissan confident Leaf will remain top global EV
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Nissan confident Leaf will remain top global EV

Nissan’s global EV program director is confident the second-generation Leaf will retain its predecessor’s mantle as the global electric sales king, despite the spectre of a tougher competitor set. Speaking at the Nissan Futures conference in Singapore this week, Nicholas Thomas said he wasn't concerned about competition, and snuck a cheeky dig at high-profile electric-vehicle maker Tesla for good measure...