News: New service offers EV safety verification

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vinzsponsor1A new safety verification inspection specifically for EV and hybrid vehicles, has been launched on to the NZ market by vehicle inspection specialist, VINZ.

“As a key service delivery partner for NZTA, the inspection industry needs to take a lead to support others in this space, to provide innovative services to make it more appealing for customers to purchase EVs and hybrids,” says Gordon Shaw, CEO of VINZ.

“VINZ – as a member of CITA, motor vehicle inspection committee – has been actively involved in the development of a global standard for the minimum inspection requirements for electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. Continue reading “New service offers EV safety verification” »

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News: BMW banks on plug-ins

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Before meeting with BMW New Zealand managing director Florian Renndorfer to discuss the company’s electric vehicle plans, I had the chance to test out the firm’s likely volume plug-in model, the 330e iPerformance.

 As I entered his office, he asked what I thought of the car. And for the want of a better word, I answered, “Unremarkable.”

“That’s exactly where that vehicle needs to be,” Renndorfer said. “It needs to be something people can pick up and go, ‘This is just a normal car.’” Continue reading “BMW banks on plug-ins” »

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News: ‘Pricing is downright abusive’

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Some of the pricing for new EVs in New Zealand is ‘downright abusive’, according to US zero-emission vehicle advocate, Chelsea Sexton.

“The Outlander PHEV at $49k is pricey, but the Renault Zoe – a Nissan Leaf-sized vehicle – at $74k is just crazy,” she says.

“The Audi E-tron is $76k here – in the States it is US$38k. Even with a little bit of shipping and the exchange rate taken into account, it’s costly. Continue reading “‘Pricing is downright abusive’” »

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News: The unlikely EV evangelist

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The unlikely EV evangelist PIC 1She’s the typical California girl who sold cars at 17 to pay her way through university.

Three years later she was recruited into a special General Motors group to develop and market the first large-scale production electric car in the US – the revolutionary EV1.

Ten years later she saw her dream destroyed when GM did not renew people’s leases on EV1s; instead the cars were handed in and crushed. Continue reading “The unlikely EV evangelist” »

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News: Can we reach 64,000 EVs in five years? 

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Can we reach 64,000 EVs in five years PIC 1The Government’s vision for electric vehicles is to have 64,000 EVs on our roads by 2021.

This means a doubling each year from 2000 this year (currently 12-1300), to 4000 in 2017, 8000 in 2018, 16,000 in 2019, 32,000 by 2020 and 64,000 in 2021.

Can and will it be done? Continue reading “Can we reach 64,000 EVs in five years? ” »

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News: Mitsubishi execs visit potential EV island 

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In a recent visit to Kangaroo Island, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and Mitsubishi Motors Australia showed their support of Kangaroo Island Council’s quest to raise awareness about the benefits of electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) usage to achieve zero emissions by 2050.

By 2019/20 Mitsubishi Motors is expecting to release an affordable, all-electric mini SUV with zero emissions, with an expected range of in excess of 400km on a single charge.

According to Kangaroo Island Council chief executive Andrew Boardman, this would be ideally suited to the island given its size, spread of attractions and mix of road surfaces. Continue reading “Mitsubishi execs visit potential EV island ” »

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News: Could have saved NZ$250,000 if he’d owned an EV all his life

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A 100 year-old Irishman has bought his first new car – a full electric Nissan Leaf.

And the Nissan dealer told him he’d have saved almost NZ$250,000 on fuel if the Leaf had been available all his life.

John Walsh learned to drive in a Ford Model T more than 80 years ago, and now he’s made the switch to an electric car at the age of 100.  Continue reading “Could have saved NZ$250,000 if he’d owned an EV all his life” »

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News: Volvo to build Uber’s autonomous car

volvo 3Volvo and Uber have entered a $411 million joint venture to develop fully autonomous driverless cars.

This type of partnership heralds the way in which the global automotive industry is evolving in response to new technologies – and follows General Motor’s deal with service Lyft and Ford’s announcement this week of its own ride-sharing self-driving car.

Both companies will use the same base vehicle for the next stage of their own autonomous car strategies. This will see Uber adding its own “self-developed” autonomous driving systems to the vehicle.   Continue reading “Volvo to build Uber’s autonomous car” »

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