News: Hyundai’s new fuel cell van revealed

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Hyundai’s H350 fuel cell concept LCV, which comes with a range of 422km and emits only water ,has been unveiled.

The fuel cell powered van was unveiled at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hanover.

Unlike a conventional electric vehicle (EV), which requires a number of hours to recharge, the 175-litre hydrogen tank can be filled in under four minutes – similar to the time it takes to refill a tank of gasoline or diesel in a vehicle with a traditional internal combustion engine. Continue reading “Hyundai’s new fuel cell van revealed” »

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News: Toyota to offer night time-only shifts

toyotaToyota is hoping to rebalance its factory shifts in Japan, introducing introduce a ‘night-shift-only’ schedule that pays more.

The idea is to make up for child-rearing workers who are increasingly opting for daytime-only shifts.

The daytime-only option was introduced in 2013, mainly for women with children, as part of efforts to promote women in the workplace. But the system created an imbalance, making it more difficult to keep the lines going. Continue reading “Toyota to offer night time-only shifts” »

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News: McLaren denies Apple looking to invest

mclaren logoMedia speculation that Apple is in talks with McLaren to buy it have been denied by the high-performance car company.

“We can confirm that McLaren is not in discussion with Apple in respect of any potential investment,” said McLaren spokesperson JP Canton.

McLaren Technology Group – which includes McLaren Automotive, McLaren Racing and McLaren Applied Technologies – has been battling financially and in 2015 it took on a diversification strategy into wearable technology, health care and electronics when it produced just over 1,600 cars a year. Continue reading “McLaren denies Apple looking to invest” »

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News: Eco-friendly millennials choose EVs

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More than three quarters of millennials consider driving an eco-friendly car as the best choice to make their lives more environmentally friendly.

This suggestive information comes from a Nissan European study investigating millennials’ attitudes towards electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid vehicles.

Perhaps surprisingly, the majority of millennials surveyed owned a car at 77%. And although they might not be driving EVs now, they are in the market for future driving technology, with nearly two out of three likely to buy a hybrid car in the next 10 years, and over half saying they would buy an EV in that time span. Continue reading “Eco-friendly millennials choose EVs” »

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News: Marcus Armstrong ready for first Formula Renault race

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Marcus Armstrong

New Zealander Marcus Armstrong is preparing for his first Formula Renault race in Europe, taking on the long fast straights and sweeping turns of the Nurburgring Formula One circuit in Germany.

The Nurburgring race is the penultimate round of the 2016 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Championship.

The team will add a car for Armstrong at this round. He races alongside the team’s three regular drivers Max Defourny from Germany, Julien Falchero from France and Will Palmer from Great Britain. Continue reading “Marcus Armstrong ready for first Formula Renault race” »

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News: UnitedFuture’s policy geared to increase EV ownership

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Peter Dunne

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne, who recently announced the party’s own EV policy, attended the opening of an electric vehicle (EV) charging station at Staglands Wildlife Reserve.

The party’s policy allows a grant of up to $5000 or 30% of cost – whichever is smaller – for the purchase of an EV or EV infrastructure. This means a customer purchasing a Nissan Leaf for approximately $15,000 will receive a discount of a third of the cost – a discount which also pertains to the construction of charging stations.

This policy is in place, according to Dunne, because government’s current policies do not target the key drivers that will affect EV ownership. Continue reading “UnitedFuture’s policy geared to increase EV ownership” »

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News: Getting charged at MOTAT this weekend

Simon Mackenzie

Simon Mackenzie

To celebrate Vector’s launch of a standard charger at the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), the museum has collaborated with the Better NZ Trust to host an electric vehicle (EV) gathering.

The gathering, scheduled for Sunday September 18 in conjunction with International Drive Electric Week, is set to be the largest gathering of EVs the country has ever seen with over 70 EVs onsite, including the Tesla Model S, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid and many more.

The 70 plus EVs will be on display at the museum between 10am and 4pm, accompanied by MOTAT admission fees, while the new charger will be accessible from Stadium Rd. Continue reading “Getting charged at MOTAT this weekend” »

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News: Land Rover appoints Dan Carter brand ambassador

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Now that Dan Carter is no longer an All Black and tied to a sponsored Ford vehicle, Land Rover is now snapping him up to drive in its brand ambassador programme.

Retiring All Blacks are hot property to other automotive brands, Mercedes-Benz couldn’t wait to get their hands on the former captain and now a full time professional helicopter pilot Richie McCaw, and Waikato-based Stephen Donald goes white baiting in a sponsored Holden Colorado.

Carter is a two-time Rugby World Cup winner and three times World Rugby player of the year, and he joins a line-up of Land Rover ambassadors including another former number ten Jonny Wilkinson, and England coach Sir Clive Woodward. Continue reading “Land Rover appoints Dan Carter brand ambassador” »

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