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// Revealed: hydrogen-powered Ford Ranger debuts overseas

In what’s seemingly a case of perfect timing, an Australian start-up firm has unveiled plans to build a hydrogen fuel cell Ford Ranger, with the aims of models being on the road by the end of the year.

// AA EV charging breakdown van service to be extended

The AA’s first electric vehicle charging breakdown van has been on the road in Wellington for more than a year – giving EVs a roadside boost two to three times a month on average.


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// EV four-door Camaro? no way, say fans

Pony car fans in America are incensed by reports that Chevrolet will drop the Camaro and replace it with a four-door EV sedan, possibly carrying the Camaro name.

// UK rule change could be groundbreaking for electric cars

The UK has done more than most when it comes to preparing for an electric car switch-up. Its ban on pure internal combustion engine vehicles comes into effect in 2030 (hybrids follow in 2035), five years prior to the European Union’s proposed ban.


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// New BEV and PHEV models to lead Peugeot New Zealand’s charge

Peugeot, the leonine French car brand, has long been something of a bouncing ball on the New Zealand new vehicle sales charts.

// Waka Kotahi cracks down on cab modifications

New rules requiring a specialist engineer to signoff for any truck cab modified since 2005 is causing pain for many vehicle owners and businesses.

// Tesla drivers can now subscribe to ‘Full Self-Driving.’ But Elon Musk isn’t sure they should

Tesla recently started offering subscriptions for the capabilities it dubs “Full Self-Driving,” making a US$10,000 upgrade accessible to buyers for US$199 per month. But even Elon Musk isn’t sure drivers should opt in yet.

// Gull NZ says ‘hooray’ to proposed biofuels mandate

Gull New Zealand is welcoming the Government’s proposed biofuels mandate and says it requires “urgent action” which will see an immediate reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the country’s transport sector.

// Rivian to trademark six electric model names

Rivian aims to have three utes (pickups) and three SUVs under newly submitted trademark names.

// New name for logistics company

Business brings its various divisions together under one banner to offer end-to-end supply chain solution.

// Audi’s electric A6 E-tron reportedly destined for 2023 production

Having been revealed in April to plenty of positive praise, it looks like Audi’s A6 e-tron Concept is set to hit production very soon.

// Gull NZ admits to fuel price stuff up, confirms refunds

Often lauded for offering some of the cheapest fuel prices in New Zealand, Gull has confirmed that it overcharged a number of customers yesterday due to a technical glitch.

// Land Rover’s new Defender Bowler might be the ultimate rally car

Those fascinated with the Stadium Super Trucks series are also very likely to be interested in Land Rover’s line-up of ‘Bowler’ off-roaders, inclusive of the Wildcat and the Tomcat, each packed with plenty of bespoke four-wheel drive gadgetry.


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