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// Kia EV6 award comes just before NZ dealer debut

The Kia EV6 electric crossover has won the Red Dot Awards’ ‘Best of the Best’ title prior to its presentation to Kia New Zealand dealer partners next week.

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// How truckin’ good: GMSV launches Chevrolet Silverado range in NZ

February 2020 was when General Motors announced that it would be discontinuing the iconic Australian brand.

// A third of Consumer NZ poll respondents may get a hybrid or EV

About 81% of Kiwis are driving less to counter costly fuel prices, while a third of Consumer NZ poll respondents are considering switching to an EV or hybrid to save money.

// Online demand for EVs surges

New Trade Me figures reveal an increasing number of its users are searching for low-emissions vehicles.


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// Ford confirm F-150 Lightning range, first pickups should be on the road next month

Ford has confirmed the battery range for its upcoming F-150 Lightning pickup truck, and the numbers are better than they expected…

// Audi drops focus on synthetic fuels after years of development

In 2017, Audi announced big plans to invest in the development of synthetic fuels as an alternative to traditional fossil fuels, as the motoring world began its pivot towards electrification.

// Tesla ‘scaling to extreme size’

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk reckons Tesla’s “Master Plan Part 3” will be about scaling the company to an “extreme size” and artificial intelligence (AI), which he says are needed to shift humanity away from fossil fuels.

// Waka Kotahi unveils funding model

The transport agency seeks submissions on how its services should be paid for following an 18-month review.

// Nissan and Enel plan ‘second life’ EV battery storage system

Nissan EV batteries will enhance grid stability in Spain as part of the Enel Group’s “Second Life” project to help secure the continuity of energy supply to 90,000 residents.

// Toyota emphasizes battery durability in high-stakes EV

A few weeks ago, I roused myself at 5 a.m. to catch a bus, two trains, and then a taxi to a racetrack in the middle of a forest outside Tokyo.


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