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Category: Electric Vehicles

NZ Exempts Electric Cars from Road Tax

Posted by Peter, on August 11, 2009

The New Zealand Parliament has passed legislation exempting electric cars from road tax. Previously, electric vehicles were taxed the same as diesel vehicles at between 3.6 and 4 cents per kilometre. Transport Minister, Steven Joyce, said that combining highly efficient electric motors with New Zealand’s competitive advantage in renewable electricity generation would reduce the greenhouse […]  Continue reading »

First Electric Car Approved for Australia

Posted by Peter, on April 14, 2009

The Mitsubishi iMiEv has become the first all-electric car to be approved for use on Australian roads. The iMiEV’s lithium-ion bnatteries can be fully charged in 7 hours and give a range of 160 kilometres at speeds of up to 130 kilometres per hour. Mitsubishi plans to begin mass production of the car in Japan […]  Continue reading »

Better Place Electric Cars for Australia

Posted by Peter, on October 25, 2008

The California-based electric car operator, Better Place, has announced agreements with AGL Energy and Macquarie Capital Group to raise $1 billion and begin deploying an electric vehicle network powered by renewable energy in Australia. Better Place has already secured funding to install 500,000 uniform electric car charging points at designated parking lots in residential areas […]  Continue reading »

New Zealand’s First All-electric Cars On Sale

Posted by Peter, on October 2, 2008

Hyundai has announced that it will be the first car manufacturer to sell electric cars in New Zealand. It has already sold the first vehicle which will be delivered in November. The cars will be fully electric, plug-in Hyundai Getz models, which are already available with petrol engines. The vehicles will be retro-fitted with batteries […]  Continue reading »

Electric Car for Australia in 2009

Posted by Peter, on July 28, 2008

According to a Mitsubishi spokesman, Australia will have its first plug-in electric car by the end of next year. The Mitsubishi i MiEV should be in showrooms by the final months of 2009 with a starting price in the $30,000 range. The company plans to skip the petrol hybrid phase of future car development and […]  Continue reading »

Possiblility of Th!nk Electric Cars for Australia

Posted by Peter, on April 3, 2008

The first Th!nk electric cars are being delivered in Norway this month. The initial City model is a two-seater with a top speed of 105km/h. It accelerates from zero to 50km/h in about 6.5 seconds and can travel for 200km on an overnight charge from a normal, domestic power point. It is a true, highway-safe […]  Continue reading »

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