Tagged With electric cars

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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.

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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.

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We're live-blogging the launch of Tesla Motors' new Model 3 — which promises to be the first affordable long-range electric car in Australia. Come join in, and watch with us!

Update: For official pictures and video of the Model 3, look right down the bottom of this post.

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Tesla's Model 3 is being introduced to the world today. Before we learn everything for sure, though, let's make some early predictions. Here are our best guesses, gleaned from a couple of years of rumours and strategic leaks and unguarded Elon Musk tweets.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Video: Formula E is the most exciting race series that you've barely heard of. It's much like Formula One, but driven in all-electric vehicles on street circuits completely free of random rules and politicking. If you want to know more about how the cars work, this video is a great primer.

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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.

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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.

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1000 electric horsepower. 0-100km/h in under three seconds. A top speed of 320km/h. These are the wild numbers that startup electric car manufacturer Faraday Future is touting as possible with its future electric vehicles, and it's showing a visually appropriate concept car — one that conveniently doesn't have to back up the company's big talk — called the FFZERO1.

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Tesla has been ramping up production of the Model S and Model X, hitting over 50,000 deliveries of the $100,000 plus vehicles in 2015 — with over 17,000 of those in the final quarter of the year.