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While you're unlikely to get stranded with a dead electric car due to a lack of available chargers, Australia still needs much, much more availability before many will considered them a serious alternative to their petrol-powered stalwarts. For electric car drivers in NSW and the ACT, the situation should improve significantly, with the NRMA looking to construction "at least 40 chargers" across the state and territory.


Volvo is generally a bit of a sedate, safe company, but its Polestar cars like the S60 are performance-oriented, refined road-going machines. Polestar is being spun off into a standalone brand, and its first car is a 450kW hybrid-electric monster with a boatload of torque.


Cars: what are they? Are they just rooms we control with our hands and our feet and our hearts, or are they something... more? Furthermore, America: is it just an ideal we will never truly live up to, or an actual place, sandwiched between Canada and Mexico? No one can say. But if there's anything that will have answers, it is Car vs. America, the first-ever TV show from Jalopnik.


I know what you're thinking. What is this dummy trying to accomplish here? Of course, I know about stop signs. But maybe -- maybe! -- you didn't know this: stop signs weren't always red. We've talked about other red things before, and there's a reason we ended up with red octagons telling you to STOP. I swear it's interesting. Here's why stop signs are red.


High-speed transportation company Hyperloop One, which landed $US85 million in additional funding last month, revealed today that it has gained a new board member in business magnate Richard Branson, whose Virgin group was secretly responsible for an unnamed portion of that funding. The company will rebrand as Virgin Hyperloop One.


If you have an Erector Set laying around somewhere, congratulations! You're properly equipped to make an accurate scale model of a new military vehicle concept, the Partisan One. The Partisan One is a rugged, wildly basic 4x4 that's built from a simple frame of right angles and bolt-on parts. It's supposed to be bomb-proof, and comes with a warranty that lasts a century. I kind of love the way it looks, too.


Women's participation in motorsports is growing for sure, but it definitely doesn't represent the ratio between men and women in the general population -- yet. This has not escaped the notice of professional off-roader and bona fide badass Emily Miller, whose women-only Rebelle Rally has become one of the most gruelling races you can find anywhere.


The last Holden car is expected to roll out of General Motors' assembly plant in Elizabeth, South Australia, on October 20, during a ceremony for employees. But an image that surfaced ahead of that appears to show the car in the process of being built. The car will be the last commercial car ever built in Australia.