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// $8k for EVs, penalties for high emitters announced

The government has announced that new rebates for battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) will start on July 1, 2021 with up to $8625 for new vehicles and up to $3450 for used vehicles.

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// Volkswagen debuts Multivan T7 with hybrid power and fresh looks

The seventh generation of Multivan is here, boasting fresh new looks and a hybrid powertrain.

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// Nissan confirms release date for its new ‘400z’

Few cars have been submerged in as much gossip and leaks as Nissan’s next-gen Z car sportster.

// Look out AMG? Audi shows off new RS 3 hot hatch

Despite looming electrification requirements and a hatchback segment that struggles to chart for sales in this part of the world, the hatch back title fight has arguably never been as fierce as it is today.


IN OTHER NEWS

// GR Sport Toyota Land Cruiser: one from left field, for the road or fields

A GR Land Cruiser!? Didn’t see that one coming, did we. In fact so secretive was the invitation to the Toyota NZ launch in Palmerston North, that we didn’t even know what car the company was launching,

// Roche to leave transport agency

Chairman will complete his second stint in the post before moving on, according to news reports.

// EV Torque – what’s coming our way?

As we look to an automotive future powered by electricity, I continue to wonder – where is New Zealand’s plan for change?

// The best way to extend the life of a Nissan Leaf battery

Contrary to the howling cries of EV naysayers, when a Nissan Leaf battery has reached the end of its useful life in a Nissan Leaf,

// Pick-ups are getting too big and dangerous

This might not come as much of a surprise, but Consumer Reports in the USA has come forward and said the ever-increasing size and weight of full-size pick-up trucks there are posing more and more of a danger to other road users.

// New automotive engineering programme launches to tackle EVs

Hawkes-Bay-based Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) will become the second Polytechnic after Otago to offer the New Zealand Certificate in Electric Vehicle Automotive Engineering

// Climate Change Commission report: Pain ahead to get Aucklanders out of cars

Aucklanders should prepare for upheaval as politicians back faster changes to transport options in the city to meet steep targets for cuts to transport emissions

// Embattled EV startup Lordstown Motors warns it may not stay in business

US startup electric vehicle maker Lordstown Motors says it may not be in business a year from now as it tries to secure funding to start full production of an electric pickup truck.


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