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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Clean Technology Forecast for Australia to 2050

Posted by Peter, on July 12, 2010

Australian Cleantech has released a report titled “Prosperous Sustainability” which forecasts the development of energy technologies in Australia up to 2050. The main findings of the report include: Current wind technology will maintain a high level of activity through to about 2015, after which it starts to be replaced by second generation wind technologies. There […]  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 »

Holden To Consider Manufacturing the Volt

Posted by Peter, on August 24, 2009

Following calls from South Australian Premier Mike Rann to manufacture the Volt electric car in South Australia, General Motors Holden has said that it remains committed to bringing the US-made version to Ausralia in 2012 but it would then consider whether the car would be built in Australia. The comapany has already taken the first […]  Continue reading »

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 »

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