News: carbonNZero electricity to be offered to EV users

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Al Yates, director of Ecotricity, claims some have a misconception of the green credentials of our electricity supply.

“Kiwis have been told that our electricity grid is clean and green,” he says. “But the reality is 38% of New Zealands electricity generation comes from thermal sources which emits 4.8 billion kilograms of greenhouse gases each year, the equivalent emissions of 1.2 million cars. Continue reading “carbonNZero electricity to be offered to EV users” »

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News: Northland EV loop nearing completion

Screen-Shot-2015-12-02-at-9.04Northland is a step closer to making most of the region easily accessible to electric vehicle owners.

Just weeks after launching ChargeNet’s fast charge station at Kaiwaka, the company has again teamed up with Northpower and the Kaipara District Council – this time in Dargaville.

ChargeNet will launch its second fast charger (which can fully charge an EV in 20-30 minutes) in Dargaville on Wednesday morning. It is situated alongside Northpower’s destination charger on Totara St. Continue reading “Northland EV loop nearing completion” »

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News: Call for Bruce McLaren material

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A call has gone out for any audio-visual material relating to New Zealand motorsport icon Bruce McLaren.

Director Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, The Recruit, Cocktail), is making a feature documentary on the life of McLaren.

Donaldson is hunting for rare audio-visual material (photographs, home movies etc) of McLaren, who founded the highly successful Formula One McLaren Motor Racing Team. Continue reading “Call for Bruce McLaren material” »

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News: Mercedes-Benz chasing number one NZ luxury brand

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Mercedes-Benz is chasing the number one spot in the New Zealand luxury segment and at the end of October, the Stuttgart-based brand was 110 units in front of BMW and 156 units in front of Audi.

Mercedes-Benz led the New Zealand market with 1731 units at the end of October, but the New Zealand distributor says there are six weeks of sales left, and its not ready to make the call that it will be the market leader at the end of 2015.

“We are 30% up on our SUV sales in New Zealand year on year without the introduction of the all-new GLC which completes our range of luxury SUV models,” says Mercedes-Benz New Zealand public relations officer Matt Bruce. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz chasing number one NZ luxury brand” »

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News: Volvo XC90 claims NBR Car of the Year

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The Volvo XC90 has been awarded the National Business Reviews top Car of the Year award for 2015.

The Swede claimed the Supreme award, NBR motoring editor Cameron Officer noting: “The Volvo XC90 is a first class motor vehicle; a range of large, premium SUVs featuring the engineering prowess, future-proofed safety technologies and classic design elements that ensure they will remain remarkable for years to come.”

The BMW 7-Series was awarded Luxury award, while BMW also one Green Car of the Year with the I3. Continue reading “Volvo XC90 claims NBR Car of the Year” »

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News: Gull a winner at Sustainable Business Network Awards

DB-Export-Brewtroleum-logo-greyFuel retailer Gull, and DB Breweries took out the Renewables Innovation Award at the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards in Auckland last week.

They were recognised for ‘Brewtroleum’ a joint initiative with DB Breweries. Brewtroluem was borne from the idea to create a biofuel from beer waste, making it a world first commercial biofuel made from the by-product of the brewing process.

“We are delighted by this recognition, because we believe that everyone plays a part in acting ethically and sustainably,” says Karl Mischewski, retail and sustainability manager of Gull New Zealand. “When it comes to sustainability in the fuel industry, we have always been ahead of our time; this is evidenced in our market first offering of sustainable products. Continue reading “Gull a winner at Sustainable Business Network Awards” »

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News: Bentley rolls out first SUV

First Bentley Bentayga rolls off the production line

The very first production Bentley Bentayga – the first SUV from the Volkswagen-owned luxury car maker – has left the assembly line at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe, UK.

Four years on from the initial concept stage, during which time over 1,500 UK jobs have been created, the car – part of an £840 million investment programme – will now enter full production, with deliveries to customers starting in January 2016.

The first production Bentayga was handcrafted across 130 hours. During the assembly process, the car passed through a new bodystore, a new paint shop and a new assembly line, all part of this substantial investment. Continue reading “Bentley rolls out first SUV” »

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News: Taupo circuit rebrands as Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park

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TMP, the company that owns and operates the international motorsport park at Taupo, say it is to be renamed the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park.

The motorsport park’s future was re-assured following a financial and management re-structure in mid-2015 that kept the ownership of the park in local hands with a new board and management.

TMP have concluded arrangements with Patricia and Amanda McLaren, widow and daughter of the late Bruce McLaren for this rebrand to happen. Continue reading “Taupo circuit rebrands as Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park” »

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