News: Unanimous vote for EVs from chief execs

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New Zealand’s chief executives agree that electric cars as the easiest and quickest way to help reduce carbon emissions.

This is according to an article featured today in The Herald, “Bring on the electric cars, say CEOs” and its survey which saw 49% of New Zealand’s chief executives responding that the country is not doing enough to transition to a low-carbon future. Some see it as an issue though that has to be resolved at the global level, with political games impeding the transition.

The article highlights how Geoff Hunt of Hawkins Group feels, “We need to make use of our mainly renewables-based electricity supply and move more rapidly to electric vehicles”. He adds that around 20% of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from transport, and 60% of all transport energy consumption come from light passenger vehicles. Continue reading “Unanimous vote for EVs from chief execs” »

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News: Hyundai’s new fuel cell van revealed

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Hyundai’s H350 fuel cell concept LCV, which comes with a range of 422km and emits only water ,has been unveiled.

The fuel cell powered van was unveiled at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hanover.

Unlike a conventional electric vehicle (EV), which requires a number of hours to recharge, the 175-litre hydrogen tank can be filled in under four minutes – similar to the time it takes to refill a tank of gasoline or diesel in a vehicle with a traditional internal combustion engine. Continue reading “Hyundai’s new fuel cell van revealed” »

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News: Urban eTruck could start production in 2020

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Mercedes-Benz has launched it’s revolutionary designed Urban eTruck concept electric vehicle at the IAA Hannover Commercial trade fair, announcing that a production version could be in the build cycle as early as 2020.

The fully electric Urban eTruck offers a permissible laden weight of 26 tonnes, and it not only provides up to 200km of battery range for small range distribution in urban areas, it also provides efficient delivery through the Fleetboard telematics network.

Mercedes-Benz says that stationary battery storage units will make the overall costs competitive for users of the Urban eTruck. Continue reading “Urban eTruck could start production in 2020” »

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News: Hackers control Tesla Model S remotely

hacked tesla model sTesla has updated its software after Chinese researchers were able to hack into the brakes, door locks and other electronic features of a Tesla Model S from a distance of 19km.

The team from Keen Security Lab were effectively able to target the car’s controller area network or Can bus in the first remote exploit of the car that reveals the real potential for real-world attacks.

By targeting the car’s Can bus, the hackers were enabled to open the Tesla Model S P85’s trunk while it moved at low speed, turn on its windscreen wipers and move its wing mirrors. Continue reading “Hackers control Tesla Model S remotely” »

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News: Eco-friendly millennials choose EVs

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More than three quarters of millennials consider driving an eco-friendly car as the best choice to make their lives more environmentally friendly.

This suggestive information comes from a Nissan European study investigating millennials’ attitudes towards electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid vehicles.

Perhaps surprisingly, the majority of millennials surveyed owned a car at 77%. And although they might not be driving EVs now, they are in the market for future driving technology, with nearly two out of three likely to buy a hybrid car in the next 10 years, and over half saying they would buy an EV in that time span. Continue reading “Eco-friendly millennials choose EVs” »

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News: Vector weekly update

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The electric vehicle (EV) gathering on Sunday to celebrate Vector’s launch of a standard charger at the Museum of Transport and Technology was a hit.

Timed to end with National Drive Electric Week and in conjunction with the Better NZ Trust, the event saw the largest gathering of EVs the country has ever seen, with over 70 EVs onsite, including the Tesla Model S, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid and many more.

Vector chief executive Simon Mackenzie says the event highlights the increasing uptake and popularity of EVs as more charging stations become available around Auckland. Continue reading “Vector weekly update” »

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News: Greens campaigns for minister to ‘call-in’ power plant

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The Green Party is campaigning to stop the proposed construction of a new gas-fired power plant in South Waikato.

Nova Energy has applied for resource consents to build a gas-burning power plant near Otorohanga near the two main pipelines that carry gas north from Taranaki.

The plant would generate up to 360MW when running at full capacity. It would burn gas, including gas from Taranaki, where controversial fracking techniques are used. And as a ‘peaker’ plant it would be designed to run at times of peak demand. Continue reading “Greens campaigns for minister to ‘call-in’ power plant” »

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News: EV charger stations ‘could power more than cars’

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New Zealand’s electric vehicle charging station network could be used to supply urban and rural New Zealand with renewable power sources, says Pacific Wind generation programme manager Reza Sehdehi.

Sehdehi points out that the 15 fast charging public EV stations (with plans for 85 more by 2017) – which service the country’s approximate 1,220 EVs since April – only cover 37% of the country, leaving out Poverty Bay, the Bay of Plenty and much of the South Island’s West Coast.

New Zealand’s outlying islands, Great Barrier, Stewart Island, and the Chatham Islands are also likely to miss out on public chargers in the near future. Continue reading “EV charger stations ‘could power more than cars’” »

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