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Tesla Australia to add CCS chargers to support Model 3

Tesla Australia has announced it will upgrade its Supercharger network with Combined Charging System (CCS) plugs, in order to support the upcoming Model 3 sedan...

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Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Kona Electric top real-world range tests
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Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Kona Electric top real-world range tests

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Kona Electric have begun rolling out across the company's export markets, and new tests from the UK have seen the Korean EVs perform strongly in terms of real-world range. Britain's What Car? recently announced the results of its 'Real Range' tests for electric cars currently available in the UK, complementing the firm's existing 'True MPG' tests for combustion-powered vehicles...


Fleet operators looking to go electric - survey
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Fleet operators looking to go electric - survey

Fleet operators are starting to take notice of electric vehicles, as the range of affordable battery-powered cars offered in Australia starts to expand, according to a small survey carried out on fleet operators...


Road tax: Public support growing for user-pays model - survey
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Road tax: Public support growing for user-pays model - survey

Public support for a 'road tax' to replace the current fuel excise is growing, according to a new survey from EastLink. The latest EastLink Self Driving Car Survey found 47 per cent of people think it's unfair for electric vehicles to use the roads without paying fuel tax to fund their maintenance, while a slight majority favoured replacing the current fuel excise with a 'road-use charge'...


Audi RSQ e-tron: Cartoon concept unveiled
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Audi RSQ e-tron: Cartoon concept unveiled

Audi has unveiled a concept car with a difference, combining electric power with automation, voice activation, and a pure-electric powertrain. The only caveat? It's been developed for an animated film... The RSQ e-tron will feature in Spies In Disguise alongside Lance Sterling, voiced by Will Smith, as the superhero's automotive sidekick...


Faraday Future to shut down operations after co-founder resigns - UPDATE
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Faraday Future to shut down operations after co-founder resigns - UPDATE

UPDATE, 4 November 2018: In an email to CarAdvice, Jacob Brown, Faraday Future's manager for product and lifestyle communications, said the company is not shutting down operations and has "hired a new financial advisor team team this week to assist as we move forward in seeking funding". We will continue to report on Faraday Future's path forward as news come to hand...


Podcast Special: All things electric with the Australian EV Council, JET Charge
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Podcast Special: All things electric with the Australian EV Council, JET Charge

It's been a big month for electric vehicles. In Victoria, a new electric vehicle manufacturing facility has been announced for Morwell, bringing 500 new jobs to the LaTrobe Valley in the process. On a national scale, we've seen the announcement of a new brand-agnostic, 350kW ultra-fast charge network linking Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney...


Morwell trading coal for EVs with new factory commitment
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Morwell trading coal for EVs with new factory commitment

A new SEA Electric factory will be built in Morwell, Victoria, set to employ 500 workers manufacturing pure-electric vans and buses on a 20,000 square-metre site. Although initial production capacity will be 2400 vehicles each year, the Victorian Government – which is helping fund the new factory as part of its $266 million LaTrobe Valley Support Package, designed to aid the transition from coal-reliant employment in the region – says the facility will be fully scalable, with headroom to double that output when required...


Tesla Model 3 coming to Australia in 'mid-2019'
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Tesla Model 3 coming to Australia in 'mid-2019'

The Tesla Model 3 should start arriving in Australia during the middle of 2019, according to new tweets from company CEO, Elon Musk. Asked by a customer about when the 'affordable' electric sedan would be arriving locally, Musk responded with "around mid-2019" – actually sooner than the initial timeframe promised...


FBI investigating Tesla's Model 3 production targets
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FBI investigating Tesla's Model 3 production targets

The US government is reportedly looking into whether aggressive production targets for the Tesla Model 3 were misleading for investors. Sources have told The Wall Street Journal the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) is investigating whether the electric car maker misled investors with its ambitious production targets for the Model 3...


Mercedes-Benz EQC: Buyer registration opening in December
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Mercedes-Benz EQC: Buyer registration opening in December

Mercedes-Benz Australia is getting ready to take orders for the upcoming EQC electric vehicle... sort of. The company is reporting strong demand for its Audi e-tron and BMW iX3 rival, which doesn't actually touch down until late in 2019. It won't be accepting deposits, but a registration system allowing customers to get in line will go live in December...


Carbon fibre can be used to store electricity: study
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Carbon fibre can be used to store electricity: study

Electric cars could soon be able to store their energy within carbon-fibre body panels, enabling manufactures to conserve weight and space, according to a new study. The paper from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden found carbon fibres could function as battery electrodes. Because of this, the carbon-fibre structure of a car could act as a battery, holding charge for the electric motors...


Victorian Government pledges $2 million to continue EV charge rollout
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Victorian Government pledges $2 million to continue EV charge rollout

The Victorian State Government has followed its $1 million investment in a high-speed electric vehicle charging network with a further $2 million, announcing ultra high-speed stations will be built in Melbourne, Ballarat, Horsham, Torquay and Traralgon. Those five high-speed follow stations in Euroa and Barnawartha North, the former of which was formally unveiled today...


Hyundai Nexo nets NCAP milestone
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Hyundai Nexo nets NCAP milestone

The Hyundai Nexo has scored a maximum five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating, becoming the first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle (HFCV) to do so. The Korean tech leader scored 94 per cent for Adult Occupant protection, 87 per cent for Child Occupant protection, 67 per cent for Pedestrian protection and 80 per cent for its Safety Assistance features...


Dyson EV: Singapore factory announced, set for 2020 completion
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Dyson EV: Singapore factory announced, set for 2020 completion

Dyson has confirmed it's working on an electric vehicle manufacturing facility, with the vacuum (hair-dryer, fan, hair-curler, hand-dryer) company's board approving plans to build a two-storey facility in Singapore. The factory is set for completion in 2020, and follows on from the announcement earlier this year of £200 million ($367 million) investment in new buildings and test facilities at the Dyson's campus in the United Kingdom...


Faraday Future cutting jobs and salaries - report
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Faraday Future cutting jobs and salaries - report

Faraday Future appears to be in some strife because of conflict with its main investor, cutting salaries and laying off employees to stay afloat, according to a new report. The Verge says an email was sent to staff over the weekend, detailing a 20 per cent decrease in wages for employees effective next week, with some losing their jobs entirely...


2019 Kia Soul to debut in LA - report
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2019 Kia Soul to debut in LA - report

The next-generation Kia Soul is reportedly scheduled for a global reveal at next month's Los Angeles motor show, including the all-electric Soul EV, which could be the only version of the boxy crossover bound for markets outside of the US and Korea...


2019 Audi e-tron deliveries delayed by software change - report
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2019 Audi e-tron deliveries delayed by software change - report

Audi has been forced to delay its first all-electric production car, the e-tron quattro, by around four weeks because of a software bug. According to Automotive News Europe, a spokesperson for the brand said a new piece of software in the pure-electric Audi needs regulatory clearance before deliveries can kick off...


Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo confirmed for production
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Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo confirmed for production

Porsche has confirmed the Mission E Cross Turismo will be going into production, creating 300 new jobs at its Zuffenhausen headquarters in the process. A derivative of the all-electric Taycan – previously known as the Mission E – the Cross Turismo is a high-riding sportswagon capable of driving 500 kilometres per charge, and claims to sprint from 0-100 in just 3...


$15 million high-speed charge network coming to Australian interstate highways
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$15 million high-speed charge network coming to Australian interstate highways

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and Chargefox have today announced the first brand-agnostic high-speed charge network for electric vehicles Down Under. Renewable energy will be used to power all 21 stations, which will link Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Stations will also be set up north and south of Perth...