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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 have progressed beyond buzzword status to present-day reality...

Tesla Model S, Model X Long Range Plus get range boost

Tesla has liberated more range from the Model S and Model X, thanks to "many small hardware improvements". Elon Musk took to his preferred medium (Twitter) to reveal the Model S Long Range Plus now has a claimed EPA range of 628km, up from 596km. The Model X SUV has seen its range jump from 528km to 565km – at least, Tesla says it has...

Tesla recalls Model X for power steering failure, Australia not included

Tesla has announced it will voluntarily recall 15,000 Model X SUVs over the risk its power steering components will fail. UPDATE (18/02/20): The recall has expanded to include 3183 Model Xs in China, as reported by Reuters. CarAdvice understands no Australian vehicles are included in the recall...

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...

Audi, Tesla, MG score top marks in ANCAP testing, Hyundai Venue falls short

ANCAP has awarded the Tesla Model X, Audi A7 and Q8, and the MG HS five stars in its latest round of crash tests, but the Hyundai Venue city SUV fell short. The independent safety body called the all-electric Tesla Model X the "standout performer" among the five cars tested, record-equalling scores for adult occupant protection and safety assist...

Why don't Australians buy more EVs?

Driving range, price, and limited knowledge of the available choices are three major impediments to improving battery-electric vehicle (EV) take-up in Australia. That’s the quick and unsurprising summary of a market survey from analytics firm Nielsen, called Caught in the Slow Lane, Australian Adoption of Electric Vehicles...

Tesla brings back free Supercharging for Model X and S

Tesla has revived free Supercharging for Model S and Model X customers, despite previously describing the program as "unsustainable". There is a catch, however. The offer lasts as long as the buyer has their car, but it only applies to the first owner – the second owner will have to pay like everyone else...

Tesla Model X joins Victorian Highway Patrol fleet

Victoria has become one of the world's first jurisdictions with an operational pure-electric police car, adding a Tesla Model X to its Highway Patrol fleet. The car is a Model X Long Range, with a claimed 575km of range on the (lenient) NEDC test cycle and a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.6 seconds...

Tesla updates battery software after Hong Kong, Shanghai fires

Tesla has wirelessly updated the software on the Model S and Model X, after spontaneous battery fires in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The company this week issued the update, which tweaks "charge and thermal management settings" in the battery out of "an abundance of caution". The changes will "further protect the battery and improve battery longevity", according to the company...

VIDEO: Electric vehicles explained for Australian buyers

Electric cars have been thrust into the spotlight in the lead-up to the 2019 Federal Election, driven by a proposed Labor policy to make 50% of new car sales electric by 2030. If you've been keeping up with coverage of the issue, you'll know there's a lot of misinformation and confusion around the technology...

2019 Tesla Model S, Model X get a range boost

Tesla has used new electric motors to extend the range of its Model S and Model X Long Range variants, which can now cover 595km and 523km on the EPA test cycle respectively. That's up from 540km in the Model S. It's a handy upgrade, especially when you consider the 100kWh battery still holds the same amount of energy...