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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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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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

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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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News: Tesla updating Autopilot feature 

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Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk said on Sunday the automaker was updating its semi-autonomous driving system Autopilot, which could potentially have prevented a fatality in May.

Musk said the update, which will be available within a week or two through an “over-the-air” software update, would rely foremost on radar to give Tesla’s cars a better sense of what is around them and when to brake.

New restrictions of Autopilot 8.0 are a nod to widespread concerns that the system lulled users into a false sense of security through its “hands-off” driving capability. The updated system now will temporarily prevent drivers from using the system if they do not respond to audible warnings to take back control of the car. Continue reading “Tesla updating Autopilot feature ” »

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News: Holden in unique one-street model launch

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Holden_Colorado Place100916_001Holden’s corporate affairs team has pulled off a unique promotion – launching its new Colorado ute to just one street.

That is a cul-de-sac to be precise, Colorado Place in Avondale, Aiclland.

Residents of the 17 households which make up Colorado Place were treated on Saturday to a unique one-off event today, as Holden celebrated the arrival of the new Colorado with an impromptu street party. Continue reading “Holden in unique one-street model launch” »

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News: Volvo launches massive autonomous-drive test

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Cheaper fuel means people are spending less overall according to the latest Statistics NZ figures.

Total retail spending using electronic cards was $4.7 billion in August 2016, up $166 million (3.7%) from August 2015.

Of the six retail industries, the only decrease was in the fuel industry, down $36 million (6.1%). Continue reading “Volvo launches massive autonomous-drive test” »

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