News: EVs on show in Christchurch

Evolocity-Orion_logo_AWElectric vehicles played a starring role at EVolocity’s Festival of Engineering, Sustainability & Transportation Technologies (EVolocityFESTT).

The event, held at Christchurch’s AMP Showgrounds on the November 26, saw 180 people test driving a range of EVs, with everything from Nissan Leafs to Mitsubishi Outlanders and BMW i3s hitting the road.

Executive director of EVolocity Rob McEwen says the cars were driven more than 416 times by the test drivers. Continue reading “EVs on show in Christchurch” »

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News: Jump in Lexus SUV sales

IMAGE - 2016 RX 450h Mid-Size Luxury Crossover in Titanium (left) and the RX 350 F Sport in White Nova (right)

Almost three quarters of Lexus sales have come from luxury SUVs in 2016 – a significant increase on previous years.

More than 70% of hybrid sales have been SUVs, compared to 58% in 2015.

“The growth in the SUV segment in New Zealand’s luxury market is even more pronounced than at the mainstream end of the market,” Steve Prangnell, general sales manager for Lexus New Zealand, says. Continue reading “Jump in Lexus SUV sales” »

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News: Producers creating less greenhouse gas help household emissions fall

Suzi Kerr

Suzi Kerr

New Zealand household’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 11 percent between 2006 and 2012, a new study shows.

Suzi Kerr, senior fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, says the change occurred mainly because the production of some high-emissions goods is creating fewer greenhouse gases.

Kerr’s Who’s Going Green study shows improvements in carbon intensity were made in industries including air travel, milk, cheese, and eggs, meat and poultry and electricity. Continue reading “Producers creating less greenhouse gas help household emissions fall” »

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News: BMW launches solar powered EV charging system

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BMW has launched a renewable energy powered wallbox for customers to plug in its BMW i model at home, that it says will save them money.

The German carmaker says it is the first car manufacturer to offer customers a system that incorporates charging into everyday life and helps to reduce charging costs.

The way the BMW Digital Charging Service (DCS) works is after the customer has registered with the BMW charging portal, they will be provided with a display of detailed information. Continue reading “BMW launches solar powered EV charging system” »

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News: Letter calls for government to take action on climate change

Paula Bennett

Paula Bennett

An open letter to climate change minister Paula Bennett calling for action has been signed by some of New Zealand’s most influential companies, not-for-profits and prominent individuals.

That is after she represented New Zealand at the talks on climate change in Marrakech, Morocco last week.

Included on the list of 60 signatories, are big players in the automotive sector, like Z Energy, Charge Net NZ and Green Cabs. Continue reading “Letter calls for government to take action on climate change” »

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News: Expert forecasts decade of change for US dealerships

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The typical US car dealership will see evolution, but not revolution, over the next 10 years, says a consultant hired by the National Automobile Dealers Association to study the future of dealerships.

Consultant Glenn Mercer notes that electric vehicle (EV) sales will grow by 2025 but remain less than 5% of the market.

He believes it is crucial for dealers to embrace the EV market. By 2025, all vehicles will have high levels of assisted-driving features though perhaps just 10% will be capable of total autonomous driving. Continue reading “Expert forecasts decade of change for US dealerships” »

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News: Porsche targets 20,000 EV sales per year

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Volkswagen’s Porsche division expects annual sales of about 20,000 for its first all-electric car, the Mission E.

It is slated to hit the market in 2019.

Porsche, the second-largest contributor to VW’s group profit, plans to create at least 1400 jobs to develop, build and sell its rival to Tesla’s Model S. Continue reading “Porsche targets 20,000 EV sales per year” »

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News: ACC considering how to levy electric vehicles

acc-logoACC is considering how to classify and levy electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, following public consultation.

It is part of a review requested by acting ACC minister Nathan Guy.

ACC is also recommending a 10% reduction in the work levy paid by businesses, a 13% reduction in the motor vehicle levy paid by car owners and a 3% increase in the earner’s levy for employees. Continue reading “ACC considering how to levy electric vehicles” »

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