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EVs to emit forest sounds and choir music to warn pedestrians
Near-silent EVs are up to twice as likely to have a collision with a pedestrian as a result of the difficulty in hearing them approaching.
BlackBerry QNX to power Damon Motorcycles CoPilot warning system
"Damon’s new Hypersport Pro is a game-changing model for the motorcycle industry."
And the James Dyson Award goes to... Electric Cargo Trike
The innovators intend to solve a multitude of problems faced by New Zealand cities, the team states. This includes environmental issues, efficient package delivery and safety for couriers.
Kiwi startup making waves in electric transport
“We’re helping organisations address one the biggest challenge of our time climate change by giving them a practical way to reduce their own carbon footprint."
Kiwis warming up to electric vehicles, cost remains barrier
“With climate change top of mind for many people, a range of new models on the market and rising fuel costs, we think more Kiwis will make the switch in the near future."
Jaguar Land Rover accelerates electrification plan
The news was confirmed to workers at Castle Bromwich as the production of the current XJ came to an end.
Push a button, get a flight - Uber Air is coming to Melbourne
"In the coming years, with Uber Air, we want to make it possible for people to push a button and get a flight.”
EV campervans to hit NZ roads in July
Jucy Rentals is about to unleash the first wave of fully electric rental campervans in New Zealand in July – and each camper will be able to travel approximately 200 kilometres on each charge.
Tesla unveils the Model Y SUV
After much anticipation, Tesla unveiled the Model Y last week – a vehicle that is described as an all-electric, mid-size SUV that can seat seven adults – and the vehicle has a glass roof.
Electric car infrastructure needs to be a high priority
“Australians should be able to drive all over this massive nation with complete confidence in a zero-emission vehicle.”
Tesla's software updates: Dashcams and Atari and navigation, oh my!
Tesla is has rolled out a new software update that includes features like dashcam capabilities, better climate controls, obstacle avoidance, and even in-car gaming.
Hands-on review: The Tesla Model X P100D
Never have I been in a car which has been this much of a conversation starter. Almost everywhere we parked, I’d have people come up and ask questions about the Model X.
Jaguar EV's new sound alert for blind pedestrians
One of the original sounds included one inspired by sci-fi spacecraft, but instead of looking at the road, pedestrians ended up looking at the sky.
Kiwis dream of electric vehicles - while we're buying gas guzzlers
“The number of EVs in the fleet grew by 3,656 in 2017 but the number of large vehicles, with engines greater than 3000 cc, grew by five times that amount."
What Tesla's been up to in New Zealand
Tesla Mobile Service, more destination chargers, and a peek at the Model 3... here's the latest goss from Tesla NZ
Kiwis nervous about self-driving cars & electric vehicles, survey finds
Almost two-thirds of Kiwis are worried about autonomous vehicles, with women (74%) significantly more skeptical than men (56%).
Innovative EV projects receive $3.97m government funding
“This is about demonstrating the rapidly evolving technology that is making electric vehicles a practical option for a growing number of businesses."
Quick bites: What's happening in the EV space right now
There’s been a lot of rumbling in the electric vehicle (EV) space recently, especially with the likes of Tesla finally opening its Auckland showroom.
Chinese EV maker uses BlackBerry tech to create safer vehicles
Vehicles will be able to make sure critical systems are isolated and are able to run safely, even if there are problems with non-critical systems.
How to get businesses on board with electric vehicles
Drive Electric have release advice on how to go about working with businesses to transition to an EV fleet.
Taupō talks tech: The local Kiwi firms transforming business from the ground up
From New Zealand's farming heartland to the mountains and to the cloud, Taupō's regional businesses are embracing technology from the ground up.
Mevo teams up with Wellington City Council to be a free-floating car share
Mevo vehicles can now be dropped at any approved Wellington City Council parking space in Mevo’s ‘Home Zone’.
The story of a solar-powered plane that travelled around the world
Point of No Return is the behind the scenes documentary of the world’s first solar-powered flight around the world.
How EVs could possibly minimise international conflict
This month’s flip the fleet poll asked EV owners their main reason for buying their cars.