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.
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With Tesla Motors starting its ramp up to the launch of the Model 3 electric car, the company needs more stores and showrooms around the world to deal with an influx of new and returning customers. The third store location for Australia has just been unveiled — and it's in the heart of Sydney's CBD.
Young kids want to drive a Johnny Cab. That's what students at South Carolina's Clemson University, working with Toyota, has decided — and thus was born the uBox concept, which looks like a soft-roader SUV ate an urban assault vehicle. Apparently the uBox is made for "a young entrepreneur who wants a vehicle that can provide utility and recreation on the weekend" — that's totally us.
The University of Queensland has installed fast-charging electric vehicle stations at each of its campuses, and each is powered by the university's own solar array installations — making charging both free and emissions-free when the sun is shining. Alongside Tesla's destination chargers, the Veefil DC fast chargers are the start of a larger electric car fast-charging network in the state and are the first to be directly powered by renewables.
At 2:30PM AEDT (Sydney time) today, Tesla Motors will live-stream the unveiling of its much-anticipated Model 3 — an "affordable" electric car that hundreds of people in Australia and thousands around the world have already pre-ordered. Here's how you can watch along with us.
Update: You can now watch the presentation in full — check in here to find it.
Tomorrow, at 2:30PM — set your watches, ladies and gentlemen — we'll get our first look at the Tesla Motors Model 3. The Model 3 is the "affordable" Tesla, pegged to start at around US$35,000, and marks the first step into large-scale mass production for the Californian electric vehicle company.
But tomorrow's launch won't be all we learn; Tesla will keep some Model 3 secrets close to its chest until the car is nearer to its late-2017 production.
Over 50 people in Sydney and a similar number in Melbourne are lining up to pay $1500 to secure an early delivery of Tesla's new Model 3 electric car — with some queueing for the last two days — despite not knowing what it will look like, how it'll drive, or even how much it'll cost. This is commitment.
Tesla's newest and most affordable electric car is set to be unveiled this Friday, but confident buyers will be able to secure their place in line for pre-orders from Thursday morning. And there's already a queue.
Australia will be the first country in the world to take pre-orders for Tesla Motors' upcoming Model 3 electric car. When stores open in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on March 31, you'll be able to put down your cash and secure your place in line for Tesla's mass-market EV — so here's how much it'll cost.
The latest update to the Toyota Prius is the biggest one in the 10-year history of the iconic hybrid. With a completely new platform and smarter, more economical drivetrain and in-car comfort, the new Prius is 13 per cent more efficient than its predecessors — Toyota says it'll sip just 3.4 litres of fuel per 100km of driving.
Image Cache: Electric cars are certainly high tech, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring, staid appliances. Morgan, a British company with a long history of bespoke, hand-laid motor cars, has unveiled the EV3 — a three-wheeled electric car made by hand and designed to be futuristic without the space-age trappings of plastic and glue. Instead, the EV3 is all about brass, copper and wood.
Toyota will debut a particularly interesting concept car at Milan Design Week this year, making a point of being both environmentally friendly and emotionally valuable to the individual that buys it. The Toyota Setsuna, powered by an electric motor and with a retro open-wheel and open-cabin design, is built from Japanese wood — cedar and birch, with no nails or screws to hold it together — and is built to last a century of use.
Tesla has just released the latest software update for its all-electric Model S, and it adds the ability for the car to park itself and then return to the owner at the push of a button. Summon, as it's called, has finally passed its regulatory hurdles in Australia, and that means the Model S is — again — the smartest car on our roads and in our carparks.
Australia's most popular car is about to get some more green credentials in the form of a hybrid petrol-electric drivetrain. The new Toyota Corolla, set to debut in the middle of the year, will use a third less fuel than the already efficient petrol-only hatchback, and marks the fifth vehicle in Toyota's Aussie line-up to get an electric boost.
Even before we trekked out to the desert for the Consumer Electronics Show, we had a good idea that CES would be flush with smart cars, televisions, virtual reality and a bunch of weirdness. We were right! But as always, there were some surprises in store.
Officially cementing CES as the next great auto show, this week Faraday Future unveiled its electric car concept platform that the company hopes will let it compete with the likes of Tesla. And possibly Wayne Enterprises, because the FF-O1 is clearly something right out of Batman's garage.