Tagged With electric cars

8

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.

39

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.

3

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.

1

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.

5

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.

0

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.

57

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.

5

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.

0

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.

70

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.

15

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.

10

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.

2

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.

4

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.