News: Vector posts huge profit

Infrastructure company Vector has recorded a $107.1 million net profit after tax for the six months to December.

That equates to a 64% increase compared with the same time last year.

Its overall group revenue is also up 5.9% to $625.6 million. Continue reading “Vector posts huge profit” »

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News: Tesla announces Auckland dealership and vehicle prices

Tesla has confirmed a new retail store will open on Auckland’s K Road mid-year, at an event where it handed over the keys to eight Kiwi customers eagerly awaiting delivery of their new Model S sedan.

The company was in Auckland on Thursday to celebrate the official New Zealand launch of the Tesla Model S, with the electric vehicle manufacturer confirming more customers will receive their pre-ordered cars in the coming weeks.

Online cash prices (excluding on-road costs and options) for the Tesla sedan line-up start at $126,400 for the rear-wheel drive Model S 60 (60 kWh battery 408km range) through to the $232,500 all-wheel drive Model S P100D (100 kWh battery 613km range). Continue reading “Tesla announces Auckland dealership and vehicle prices” »

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News: First EV motorhome ready by end of year

Campervan rental company Tourism Holdings expects to have the country’s first electric motorhome ready for a “show and tell” by the end of this year, according to NBR.

Chief executive Grant Webster says the electric motorhome is still in the trial phase, with a chassis arriving from an as-yet unnamed manufacturer in the next few weeks that its design team will then modify.

Having a product that is consumer ready and available to rent is some time away but THL hopes to have something on the road and operational later this year. Continue reading “First EV motorhome ready by end of year” »

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News: Major dealer employs EV sales specialist

This story first appeared in the February issue of EVTalk – CLICK HERE to download the magazine FREE

Learning about electric vehicles (EVs) has been a “steep learning curve” for Andrew Dudley.

Genuine Vehicle Import’s (GVI) EV specialist says he is a convert to the technology after taking on the role four months ago.

“I was all about the combustion engine. Now I’m immersed in the EV culture and technology.” Continue reading “Major dealer employs EV sales specialist” »

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News: Nissan unveils Tesla-like home battery system

Car maker Nissan has created an energy storage system for the home using a recycled car battery, and announced plans for a trial in the UK that will allow electric vehicle owners to sell power back to the grid.

Nissan announced its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial – the first of its kind in the UK – at an event in London before revealing a slim wall-mounted battery pack for the home called xStorage.

One hundred V2G units will be installed across the country for the trial, where owners of the Nissan LEAF car and e-NV200 electric van will be able to plug their vehicles in and sell stored energy back to the National Grid. Continue reading “Nissan unveils Tesla-like home battery system” »

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News: GM, Lyft join to develop driverless fleet by 2018

General Motors (GM) plans to deploy thousands of self-driving electric cars in test fleets as part of a partnership with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft beginning in 2018.

The joint venture is expected to be the largest test of fully autonomous vehicles (AV) by any major automaker before 2020, according to Reuters.

Most of the specially equipped versions of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle will be used by San Francisco-based Lyft, which will test them in its ride-sharing fleet in several states. Continue reading “GM, Lyft join to develop driverless fleet by 2018” »

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News: Mercedes Benz Urban e-Truck gets limited global release

Mercedes-Benz Trucks is bringing the world´s first all-electric heavy-duty truck to market, but only 20 units will be available in 2017.

Following the presentation of the Urban eTruck -with a range of up to 200 km – at the International Commercial Vehicle Show in 2016, the first vehicles will be delivered to customers this year.

The Urban eTruck will initially go in a low two-figure number of units to customers in Germany – and later in Europe too. It will be tested in real transportation applications there. Continue reading “Mercedes Benz Urban e-Truck gets limited global release” »

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News: 30 to 40 brands will be EV only in a decade

Audi of America president Scott Keogh has made some bold statements in regards to the future of electric vehicles.

According to Keogh, Audi will embrace EVs and he fully expects the franchised Audi dealers to do the same.

“Do we want to jump in and compete (with EVs)? Without a doubt. We have the resources, the scale, the infrastructure, the customers and the dealers to compete in this new order.” Continue reading “30 to 40 brands will be EV only in a decade” »

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