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// Covid scare stops T-Tech conference in Wellington

The T-Tech conference in Wellington has been abandoned with the Te Papa venue shut due to COVID-19 concerns.

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// Ebbett group launches vehicle subscription service

A privately-owned North Island car dealership group says the traditional car ownership model is no longer appropriate for everyone, hence it is launching a vehicle subscription service.


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// Hyundai teases hot Elantra N

Hyundai has shown off part of its latest sports car, the Elantra N. The four-door, which could come here badged as the i30 Sedan N, will get the same turbocharged four-cylinder as the i30 N hatchback/fastback, making 202kW/353Nm if it’s taken wholesale.

// $300m invested in solar

“Game-changer” for power market will produce enough “fuel” to charge 150,000 electric cars. Construction work will soon start on five solar farms across the North Island to feed sustainable energy into the national grid.


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// First 700hp Ram 1500 TRX off-road monsters land in NZ

New Zealand’s first examples of the new Ram 1500 TRX have landed in the country, having been listed for sale online for several months.

// GM to expand fuel-cell business beyond EVs

General Motors’ plans for hydrogen fuel cells (FCEVs) have gone a step further with US$35 billion put into electric and autonomous vehicles through to 2025.

// Will emissions standards raise car prices?

National says a new standard for vehicle emissions will see car prices rise, but the Labour Government says it will mean EVs become cheaper.

// Stronger rules as renewables take over

The Government is preventing taxpayers picking up the bill for the decommissioning of oil fields in the transition away from fossil fuels, says energy and resource minister Dr Megan Woods.

// Solid-state battery market US$8b by 2031

The EV market’s rapid growth has driven the development, manufacture, and sales of batteries, especially lithium-ion batteries.

// Lancia is back… with an electric scooter

Contrary to what some might think, iconic car firm Lancia isn’t yet dead. On paper, it’s not far away from death — it produces just one car these days in the form of the 10-year-old Ypsilon hatch.

// Aston Martin’s $5 million supercar embroiled in Swiss spat

Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings said it is suing a company affiliated with one of its dealers in Switzerland, alleging that it withheld customer deposits collected for the 2.5 million-pound (NZ$5 million) Valkyrie supercar.

// Alfa Romeo GTV could return with electric power

Alfa Romeo looks to be working on a revival plan that includes a major revamp of its models, including an all-electric GTV.


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