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Speaking on behalf of floppy-haired environmentalists everywhere, angst man Morrissey urged General Motors to offer vegan-friendly versions of its hybrid and electric vehicles on Monday.

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If you'd dreamed of ordering yourself a Tesla and driving around the country without paying a cent for electricity, you'd better get your order in quick. With more and more of Tesla's Model S and Model X luxury electric cars appearing in driveways around Australia and around the world, the plucky little start-up from California has a plan to stop its fast-charging network of Superchargers from becoming clogged: it will stop offering free Supercharging to new owners from the start of 2017.

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As is fast becoming tradition for the Californian start-up electric car manufacturer, Tesla's latest incremental battery upgrade option for the Model S and Model X further improves the existing cars' range and acceleration — now to frankly ridiculous levels. The Tesla Model S P100D's new 100kWh battery pack, says Tesla, makes it the fastest accelerating production car... in the world. Well, the fastest car that you can buy right now, at least.

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Moving to electrical cars will only be feasible if they can go the daily distance, and luckily they usually can. A team of researchers looked at people's driving habits in a variety of cities, crunched the numbers and found that nine out of ten driving days could be completely powered by an overnight charge of a currently available electric car.

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This "electric carriage" which appeared in the 27 July 1889 issue of Scientific American was way ahead of its time. How ahead of its time was it? South Dakota wasn't even a state yet. The article that went along with it noted that the patent for this ingenious contraption was granted to one Mr Harvey D. Dibble of Rapid City, Dakota Territory.

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In Australia, Tesla's four-door, all-electric Model S luxury sedan starts at a hair over $100,000. The dual-motor all-wheel-drive version is $7500 more, coming in at a $108,300 sticker price before on-road costs like the Luxury Car Tax. The newer, larger, even more technology-packed Model X has just had its starting Australian price announced, and it's only a few thousand dollars more expensive. The starting price of the Model X in Australia will be $111,900, only 3 per cent more expensive than the equivalent-spec Model S.

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Tesla's newest, largest and first retail-only store in Australia has just opened to the public. Ahead of the store's unveiling, Gizmodo took a look at the electric car maker's premiere location in Australia, which occupies a prime position in Sydney's Martin Place, next door to Apple, with thousands of well-heeled pedestrians passing every day.

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Nissan's next-generation Leaf all-electric hatchback could be capable of driving well over 500km on a single charge, if indications on a recent concept car shown at the Tokyo Motor Show and an interview with Nissan's electric vehicle boss are any evidence. The IDS concept's battery is as twice as large as the current Leaf's 30kWh setup, and could push the small car to a range beating even the majority of current Tesla vehicles on Aussie roads.

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Germany's State Secretary of Economy and Energy, Rainer Baake, says that a mandate to ban petrol car sales by 2030 will be necessary to achieve the country's emission goals to cut carbon dioxide output by 80 to 95 per cent by 2050.

And it is not the first country to float the idea — The Netherlands and Norway government are in discussions to only allow electric car sales by 2025, and India is "evaluating a scheme" for an all-electric fleet by 2030.

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The next generation of rechargeable lithium batteries set to change the electric vehicle industry may soon be here, thanks to the humble salt bath.

CSIRO scientists, in collaboration with RMIT University and QUT, have found that pre-treating a battery's lithium metal electrodes with an electrolyte salt solution extends the battery life and increases performance and safety, to a point where electric vehicles will soon be competitive with traditional petrol vehicles.

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After two years of research and development in Melbourne and Armidale, the first electric car to be fully designed and built in Australia is about to kick-start local manufacturing in Victoria. The Tomcar LV1, designed for the mining industry, is the first EV from a company with a background in off-road recreational carts and buggies, and is the most Australian vehicle to be assembled in the country for a long time.

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While the current BMW i8 is already both a looker and one of the more environmentally conscious supercars on our roads, the next iteration will likely be even more efficient. Reports from the UK say that the new i8 will have a topless roadster option, a more powerful electric motor and larger drive battery, and even the possibility of inductive wireless charging.