News: Government cracks down on drink driving 

interlockAlcohol interlock sentences will soon become mandatory for serious and repeat drink-driving offenders says associate transport minister Craig Foss.

People convicted of two or more drink-driving offences within five years and any first time offenders caught driving more than 3.2 times above the legal alcohol limit will be subject to an alcohol interlock sentence.

An alcohol interlock is a breathalyser wired into a vehicle’s starting system. To start the vehicle, the driver must pass a breath test. Continue reading “Government cracks down on drink driving ” »

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News: GM’s real-world autonomous car tests

general motors flagGeneral Motors (GM) and its autonomous technology company Cruise Automation are testing self-driving cars on the streets of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Testing of self-driving electric Chevrolet Bolts began in Arizona about two weeks ago, effectively the second city for GM’s real-world tests. Autonomous Bolts with Cruise Automation software have been driving around San Francisco since May 20.

GM spokesman Kevin Kelly says the company is considering other cities for tests but isn’t ready to announce locations. Continue reading “GM’s real-world autonomous car tests” »

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News: Car rental brand’s trustworthiness recognised

HertzHertz New Zealand has taken out top honours in the Reader’s Digest ‘trusted brands car rental company’ category 2016.

This is the second year running that Hertz has been recognised in the annual survey, after receiving the highly commended award in 2015.

Voted for by Kiwis, the Reader’s Digest trusted brands survey has been running in New Zealand for 16 years and has built a reputation as an authentic indicator of brand trust over this period. This year’s survey was conducted in over 30 countries in partnership with independent research agency Catalyst Research. Continue reading “Car rental brand’s trustworthiness recognised” »

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News: Nissan pioneers solid-oxide fuel-cell car

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Nissan has launched the world’s first solid-oxide fuel-cell (SOFC)-powered prototype light commercial vehicle in Brazil.

This fuel-cell prototype is a perfect fit in Nissan’s focus on constructing zero-emission vehicles as it is designed to run on 100% ethanol to charge a 24kWh battery. This enables a cruising range of more than 600km (373 miles) and the use of multiple fuels such as ethanol and natural gas.

The base vehicle for the prototype is the Nissan e-NV200, with a 30-litre tank capacity. The fuel-cell has an output of 5kW. Continue reading “Nissan pioneers solid-oxide fuel-cell car” »

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News: ‘Tipping point for mass EV uptake is here’

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‘We believe the tipping point for mass EV uptake is upon us.’ This is the view of the UK’s Edward Jones, EV manager, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd.

‘As electric vehicle sales take off, the charging infrastructure is keeping pace and paving the way for convenient all-electric driving in the UK. Combine that with constant improvements in our battery performance and we believe the tipping point for mass EV uptake is upon us,” says Jones.

“As with similar breakthrough technologies, the adoption of electric vehicles should follow an ‘S-curve’ of demand. A gradual uptake from early adopters accelerates to a groundswell of consumers buying electric vehicles, just as they would any other powertrain.” Continue reading “‘Tipping point for mass EV uptake is here’” »

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News: Electric car uptake surges 31.8% in UK

Backed by generous government grants, EV uptake is surging in the UK.

  • Year-to-date electric car registrations up 31.8% versus first six months of 2015
  • April to June growth marks 22nd consecutive quarterly rise for plug-in car uptake
  • 19,252 electric cars registered so far in 2016, three months ahead of last year when it took until September to achieve this volume

Motorists in the UK are buying more electric vehicles than ever; with latest figures confirming continual quarterly rises in plug-in car uptake. Since records began in 2011, volumes of electric car registrations have risen steeply as motorists realise the benefits of owning an electric vehicle, which include low running costs, tax savings and a fun driving experience. Continue reading “Electric car uptake surges 31.8% in UK” »

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News: Improve public transport before congestion charges: AA

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Motorists need to to see big improvements in public transport before accepting a new congestion charging scheme says the New Zealand Automobile Association.

According to the AA, its Auckland membership is open to the idea of congestion charging but is not yet ready to sign up to it.

That’s the main finding of a newly release AA survey, following the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) call for considering future congestion charging in Auckland. Continue reading “Improve public transport before congestion charges: AA” »

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News: New plates supplier confirmed  

publicisAustralian-based Publicis Communication, part of the worldwide Publicis Group, has been awarded the contract to market and sell personalised number plates in New Zealand – now branded KiwiPlates – from previous provider Personalised Plates.

Following a competitive tender process, the New Zealand Transport Agency appointed Publicis as its local provider over a five-year contract period, with two three-year rights of renewal.

Publicis is contracted to share its revenue with the agency. Continue reading “New plates supplier confirmed  ” »

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