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Electric Cars as Cheap as Petrol by 2018 in Europe – What about in Australia?

Posted by Peter, on May 30, 2017

According to an analysis by the giant Swiss investment firm UBS, the “consumer cost of ownership” of electric cars will achieve cost parity with petrol and diesel cars in 2018, beginning in Europe. Can Australia catch up?  Continue reading »

Queensland Plans a 1,600 km String of EV Charging Stations

Posted by Peter, on July 27, 2015

The Queensland Government has called for expressions of interest to build a solar-powered fast-charging station for electric cars in Townsville as the first step in developing a string of charging stations for electric cars along the Bruce Highway which stretches more than 1,600 km from Brisbane to Cairns. The charging stations would cater for up […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Technolgy Succeeding in Germany

Posted by Peter, on November 5, 2014

Innovative Australian renewable energy companies are finding success by moving their operations to countries, such as Germany, which are much more supportive of renewable technology. Germany plans to produce 80% of its energy from renewables by 2050. The German government claims that its program to achieve this, called Energiewende, has already saved billions in fuel […]  Continue reading »

Aussies Develop First Fuel Cell Electric Bicycle

Posted by Peter, on September 11, 2014

University of New South Wales researchers have built a bicycle, called a Hy-Cycle, that can take riders up to 125 kilometres on a single $2 hydrogen canister refill. Hydrogen for the Hy-Cycle is carried in a 2.5-kilogram canister that sits near the pedals. The canister feeds a fuel cell, which  continuously recharges a lithium-ion battery. […]  Continue reading »

Electric Vehicles for Australia Post

Posted by Peter, on May 30, 2014

Australia Post’s Port Melbourne Business Hub will receive two electric Renault Kangoo Maxi ZE vans by mid-2014. The electric vans will be powered by accredited GreenPower from renewable energy sources. The electric Kangoo vans are not currently sold in Australia but are widely used in Europe. The alternative fuel initiatives so far implemented by Australia […]  Continue reading »

Adelaide Student Designs Solar Car for Zimbabwe

Posted by Peter, on September 8, 2013

An Adelaide high school student, Vaibhav Sekhar, has helped design a solar-powered car to transport pregnant women in Zimbabwe to a local health clinic. Vaibhav and his mentor, Dr Peter Pudney from the University of South Australia, conceived of the low-maintenance, solar-powered, three-seat vehicle able to handle tough terrain shown in the video. The first car s […]  Continue reading »

Study Sees Christchurch Ideal for EVs

Posted by Peter, on March 5, 2013

A University of Canterbury study has found that Christchurch has a number of features which make it ideal for the deployment of electric vehicles. The rebuild is a particular opportunity to put in place infrastructure, such as charging points at workplaces, and policies to create an electric-vehicle-friendly environment. New Zealand has modest average private commuting […]  Continue reading »

EVs for MPs?

Posted by Peter, on August 7, 2012

The Australian Government is to consider using electric cars for MPs, following a successful two-week trial of electric Holden Commodores supplied by Melbourne-based consortium EV Engineering. The fully-electric battery-switchable Commodores were used by 65 parliamentarians, including 15 ministers. Special Minister of State, Gary Gray, said that ComCar would now consider the viability of introducing electric […]  Continue reading »

Electric Holden Commodore

Posted by Peter, on July 19, 2012

EV Engineering, a Port Melbourne based start-up, has produced its first batch of seven battery-powered Holden Commodores. The company received a Government grant to see if a full electric, battery switchable Holden Commodore could be built in Australia. EV Engineering's CEO, Ian McCleave, said that “We have demonstrated that it is possible to engineer and […]  Continue reading »

Holden Volt Pricing Announced

Posted by Peter, on July 9, 2012

Holden has announced that the range-extended electric Holden Volt will be priced at $59,990 in Australia. Holden is taking orders for delivery in the fourth quater of this year although the exact release date has not yet been announced. The Volt has been on sale in the United States, where it is priced at $us39,995 […]  Continue reading »

Nissan Leaf Officially Launched in Australia

Posted by Peter, on June 20, 2012

Some 18 months after its release in Japan and United States, Nissan’s all-electric Leaf is available at selected dealers across Australia. In Australia, the Leaf costs $51,500.plus on-road costs. There are no Commonwealth Government incentives and only some very minor State concessions, such as a $100 disount on registration in Victoria. A Level 2 home […]  Continue reading »

More Electric Cars for Australia

Posted by Peter, on August 17, 2011

Several companies have recently announced plans to release electric cars in Australia. The latest is BMW which has announced that its electric i3 small city car and i8 electric-petrol hybrid sportscar will go into production in 2013 and be on sale Australia in 2014. BMW’s “i” range of cars will use cameras, radar and sensors […]  Continue reading »

Wind-powered Electric Car Crosses Australia

Posted by Peter, on February 16, 2011

German adventures Dirk Gion and Stefan Simmerer have completed the almost 5,000 kilometre journey from Perth to Sydney in their tiny, open cockpit electric car. They charged the vehicle’s lithium-ion batteries from a small wind turbine which they set up each night using a portable tower that was stowed underneath the vehicle. On the few […]  Continue reading »

NZ Wireless Charging System for Electric Vehicles Launched

Posted by Peter, on November 17, 2010

A New Zealand-owned company has launched the world’s first wireless technology which allows parked or moving electric cars to charge automatically without being "pluggedin". The technology was developed by the University of Auckland’s Power Electronics Group HaloIPT, a UK based company, owned by Auckland UniServices Ltd and Ove Arup & Partners, is the first in […]  Continue reading »

Victoria Launches Electric Vehicle Trial

Posted by Peter, on October 9, 2010

Victorian Premier, John Brumby, has launched Victoria’s Electric Vehicle Trial, in which more than 50 organisations and 180 households across the state will participate over a period of five years. 60 vehicles tp be used in the trial are being provided by Blade Electric Vehicles, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan and EDay Life. Public charging infrastructure will […]  Continue reading »

Mitsubishi i-MiEVs Arrive for Victorian Trial

Posted by Peter, on August 9, 2010

Twenty Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars have arrived in Melbourne to be part of a $5 million electric vehicle trial by the Victorian Government. Victrian Premier John Brumby said “We are committed to making this state an electric vehicle friendly location and we understand how important cleaner, greener and innovative travel options are to Victorians. That’s […]  Continue reading »

New York Could Get Aussie Designed Electric Taxi

Posted by Peter, on June 6, 2010

A futuristic electric taxi known as the Unicab is seen as a leading contender to replace New York’s fleet of 26,500 yellow cabs over a ten year period beginning in 2013. The design is based on a concept from Melbourne’s award-winning RMIT student designer Damian Lucaciu. It incorporates ideas from clean-air experts and the NSW […]  Continue reading »

Sydney’s First Public Electric Car Charging Station Opens

Posted by Peter, on May 25, 2010

Australia’s first public on-street electric vehicle charging station has been opened in Derby Place, Glebe. It uses 100 per cent GreenPower from Origin. The station was installed by Visionstream and is managed by ChargePoint. It will be available to customers of the GoGet car rental company which has a converted plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius. The […]  Continue reading »

Sydney Commits Electric Vehicle Readiness

Posted by Peter, on December 22, 2009

At the U.N. climate change summit, fourteen world cities, including Sydney, vowed to work together over the next year to make their cities more "plug-in ready" for electric vehicles. The other cities which acmmitted to becoming ready for electric vehicles are Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Toronto, London, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Sao […]  Continue reading »

Electric Vehicle Charging Points for Australian Cities

Posted by Peter, on November 13, 2009

A Sydney company, ChargePoint Australia Pty Ltd, has signed an exclusive agreement with Coulomb Technologies for the supply of electric vehicle charging systems. The systems will be trialled in car parks in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in the first half of 2010. Luke Grana, CEO of ChargePoint Australia, said that he expected installations to rapidly […]  Continue reading »

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