News: Electric car, sans the battery

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12819364_865748086886717_3634512278204848535_oA Japanese university has revealed an electric car with something normally crucial missing – the battery.

Toyohashi University of Technology and Taisei Corp unveiled on Friday the first electric car that can run without a battery, receiving its charge from an electrified road.

The small ‘car’ was demonstrated at the Aichi-Province university with a drive along a section of special road. Electricity is passed from steel rails in the road through the steel wire in the cars tyres. Continue reading “Electric car, sans the battery” »

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News: For sale: The $1 Lambo

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A near-new Lamborghini Huracan Lp610-4 has gone on sale on TradeMe for just one dollar.

But as you can imagine, it comes with a catch.

The 2015 supercar, which has less than 1000km in the clock has a wee-bit of front end damage. Continue reading “For sale: The $1 Lambo” »

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News: Testing driverless pizza delivery unit locally under consideration

1458251717795Ministry of Transport and New Zealand Transport Agency officials are working with Domino’s to explore the possibility of testing a driverless pizza delivery unit here.

New Zealand is one of the first countries in the world under consideration for testing the autonomous delivery unit named DRU.

“DRU is an early prototype, but the fact that New Zealand is under consideration as a test site shows we have the right settings to attract innovation,” says transport minister Simon Bridges. Continue reading “Testing driverless pizza delivery unit locally under consideration” »

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News: Toyota New Zealand marks 50-years

Steve Boyce (left) TNZ's longest serving employee at Palmerston North site since 1977, Alistair Davis (CEO) (centre), and Terry Teramoto representing Japan (right)

Steve Boyce (left) TNZ’s longest serving employee at Palmerston North site since 1977, Alistair Davis (CEO) (centre), and Terry Teramoto representing Japan (right)

In 1966 Toyota made a modest entry into the New Zealand car market, the 50th anniversary of which was marked by the planting of a native Puriri tree at the National Customer Centre in Palmerston North last Friday.

The company says their plan then – and remains now – was to lead the way.

“Toyota New Zealand entered the New Zealand market with the aim of leading the way to the future of mobility; that remains our mantra 50 years later,” says Alistair Davis, chief executive. Continue reading “Toyota New Zealand marks 50-years” »

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News: Air New Zealand moves to biodiesel and electric vehicles

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Air New Zealand is changing its ground fleet and airport service vehicle fleet to electric, or biodiesel-powered vehicles, where an electric option is not available.

It has ordered 28 Renault Kangoo Zero Emission (ZE) Vans as part of an electric fleet order of 75 light vehicles in its ground fleet.

Australia Post started trialling a fleet of two Kangoo ZE Vans in Melbourne and another two in Sydney as part of its venture into fleet electrification in June 2014. Continue reading “Air New Zealand moves to biodiesel and electric vehicles” »

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News: Loaded Optima targeting Mondeo market share

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Kia New Zealand boss Todd McDonald is focussed on taking market share from the Ford Mondeo in the mid-size sedan segment with the all-new JF series Optima sedan.

The 2016 JF Optima is all-new bar the carry-over 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, but there’s a good reason Kia New Zealand didn’t opt for a newer 2-litre direct injection turbocharged unit on offer in other export markets.

McDonald told AutoTalk that he decided to retain the 138kW 2.4-litre engine rather than opt for the turbocharged unit because the older engine has a service interval that’s twice as long as the newer engine. Continue reading “Loaded Optima targeting Mondeo market share” »

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News: Honda begins sales of all-new Clarity FCV

Calrity-Fuel-CellHonda Motor Company today began sales in Japan of its all-new fuel cell vehicle (FCV), the Clarity.

Honda claims the Clarity has the world’s top-class cruising range among zero emission vehicles, of approximately 750km.

Combined with the improved efficiency of the powertrain, and a reduced energy requirement for driving, a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage tank installed to this vehicle provides an extended cruising range – an increase of approximately 30% compared to the previous FCV models. Continue reading “Honda begins sales of all-new Clarity FCV” »

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News: New Zealand gets new Spark before Australia

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The new Holden Spark 1.4-litre hatch will be on sale in New Zealand in March before it shakes up the Australian microcar market in April.

Holden New Zealand is pricing the car at $16,490 for the LS manual (customer order only) to $17,990 for the LS automatic, and $19,990 for the LT automatic.

Holden New Zealand’s general manager – sales Sean Tupp confirmed to Autotalk today that dealers are receiving their demonstrators vehicles within a week, and the car is available for public sale from late March. Continue reading “New Zealand gets new Spark before Australia” »

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