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MotoE will go ahead in 2019

Dorna Sports has confirmed the MotoE World Cup will go ahead as planned in 2019, after a major fire at Jerez destroyed much of the electric MotoGP support series’ paddock. In the early hours of Thursday morning, a blaze broke out in the MotoE paddock at Jerez and destroyed all 18 Energica Ego motorcycles and charging infrastructure. […]

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Electrified Range Rovers plug into the South African model line-up

The new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have taken major steps toward the future of motoring with the addition of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain options, and both variants are now available in South Africa.  Both models are badged P400e in reference to their respective power outputs of 404PS (297kW), and both combine a 221kW […]

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Volkswagen plans 22 million electric vehicles in ten years

The Volkswagen Group is forging ahead with the fundamental change of system in individual mobility and systematically aligning with electric drives. The Group is planning to launch almost 70 new electric models in the next ten years – instead of the 50 previously planned. As a result, the projected number of vehicles to be built […]

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Mercedes unveils Formula E car at Geneva Motor Show

Mercedes has unveiled its inaugural Formula E car during the 89th International Motor Show in Geneva, which is set to compete in the 2019/20 season. The EQ Silver Arrow 01 unveiled on Monday features a special “teaser livery” to give an idea of the final design, with a final livery to be presented ahead of the season-opener […]

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All-new Jaguar I-PACE ready to electrify South Africa

First electric vehicle launched in South Africa together with a rapid charging network to enable long-distance travel Home charging solutions mean filling up at petrol stations is a thing of the past Designed from the outset as an electric vehicle (EV), the I-PACE offers bold aero-efficient design and interior space for five adults and luggage  […]

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REJOICE, FOR HISPANO SUIZA IS RETURNING TO PRODUCTION WITH A ‘HYPERLUX’ ELECTRIC CAR

Can Isotta Fraschini and Avions Voisin be far behind? Here’s one we didn’t see coming: Storied Spanish automaker Hispano Suiza is returning to production with a “hyperlux” electric car inspired by the incredible art deco 1938 Dubonnet Xenia. The car will be called the Carmen, in reference to Carmen Mateu, the granddaughter of Damián Mateu, who founded Hispano-Suiza […]

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The Mercedes-Benz EQC concludes trials in the South African heat

PRETORIA. South Africa is the last stage for the Mercedes-Benz EQC on the road to series production maturity as part of the heat testing for the vehicle concludes at the Gerotek Vehicle Test Facilities. Following successful winter trials, the EQC is required to absolve an extensive test programme in the summer heat with temperatures of […]

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The ID. R chases lap record for electric vehicles on Bridgestone tyres

A long-term partner for a new challenge: Bridgestone Potenza tyres will provide the optimum performance when the Volkswagen ID. R aims to beat the lap record for electro-vehicles on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in summer 2019. Having worked together for a long-time creating equipment for production vehicles, the German automotive brand and the largest tyre manufacturer in […]

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Electric Chevy eCOPO Camaro breaks into 9-second territory

Chevy had a 9-second quarter-mile time in its sights, and the electric eCOPO Camaro has done just that. The electric drag racer has clocked a 9.837-second run. Thanks to video published by DragZine on Monday, we can see how much the eCOPO has improved. Just a few weeks ago, the electric eCOPO Camaro was able to make […]

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Volkswagen ID. will be a pioneer of sustainable mobility

Electric car of the new generation will reduce carbon footprint: Climate effect of more than 1 million tons of CO2 per year Brand board member Ulbrich: “Truly sustainable mobility is feasible if we all want it and we all work on it.” Electric offensive to reach Paris Climate Agreement Politics can significantly contribute to success […]

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The World Rally Championship Will Be at Least Partially Electric by 2022

Rally is a pretty down-to-earth sport. It’s not pushing the boundaries like Formula One tries to do, and it’s not introducing totally new concepts like Formula E. But FIA President Jean Todt is expressing his frustrations with how slowly technology in the World Rally Championship is progressing. “I’m completely in favour of taking into account […]

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Hispano-Suiza starts revival with Carmen electric supercar

Big, pre-war cars are the things for which Hispano-Suiza is best known. Founded in 1904, the Spanish marque has been defunct since 1968, but that’s all set to change as the brand is being revived with the launch of a new electric supercar in March at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. Based in Barcelona, […]

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Continental becomes Founding Partner in Extreme E off-road electric racing series

Hanover, Germany, 4 February 2019 – Continental is to sponsor the Extreme E off-road electric racing series. With electric SUVs and tyre technology from Continental, the new series takes participants to the most remote corners of the world. Extreme E organisers are anticipating 12 teams will take part in the inaugural season, slated to begin […]

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Volkswagen’s beach buggy is back and this time it’s electric

The teasers and rumors were correct. Volkswagen confirmed Wednesday that it plans to revive the beach buggy, or dune buggy as some might call it, with a modern twist: It’s electric. The reborn buggy will make its concept car debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March. It’s not clear just what VW will […]

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Formula E founder launches radical new off-road racing concept Extreme E

We’re no strangers to electric racing – it’s what we do – but, as of today, a radical new series by the name of Extreme E joins the ranks of all-electric racing, launched by motorsport legend Gil de Ferran and entrepreneur Alejandro Agag. The pioneering electric off-road racing series will take place in five of […]

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Aspark Owl EV hypercar charging up for potential Nürburgring record attempt

The Nio EP9 should watch its back because another electric supercar may have a go at the EV lap record around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Aspark, the company behind the Owl electric supercar, may take a crack at the lap record. Top Gear reported Monday that the company wants to aim for a lap run at the […]

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Volkswagen Confirms ID. R Nürburgring Attack

Volkswagen has confirmed it will tackle a second record in as many years with its electric ID. R prototype, with its sights now set on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.The manufacturer will attempt to break the record for electric cars at the infamous German track with the same car with which it set a new outright record […]

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Cadillac just revealed the design of its first EV

In a shocking turn of events (pun intended), Cadillac revealed the design of its first electric car during Sunday night’s preview showing of the new 2020 XT6 crossover SUV, whose formal debut took place Monday at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The electric car is a sleek, sexy crossover SUV with a […]

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BMW Group delivers over 140,000 electrified vehicles in 2018

Electrified vehicles sales up 38.4% year-on-year +++ BMW Group European market leader in electromobility +++ Krüger: Once again, we’ve achieved our ambitious target +++ Company set to continue leading role in technology innovation +++ 500,000 BMW Group e-vehicles expected on the roads by the end of 2019 +++ The BMW Group sold more than 140,000 […]

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ELECTRIC HARLEY DAVIDSON LIVEWIRE NOW ON SALE; STARTS AT $29,799

Harley-Davidson motorcycle, the LiveWire, now has a price: $29,799. The motorcycle manufacturer announced the MSRP during its press conference at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Along with the price, Harley announced that it will start taking preorders for the LiveWire, all while showing off a pair of electric concepts. If you’re unfamiliar with LiveWire, […]

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Trophy hunter: Volkswagen en ID. R amasses impressive collection of records and awards in 2018

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb §  Remarkable track record for the Volkswagen ID. R in 2018 §  Pikes Peak and Goodwood record-breaker picks up another award §  US magazine Autoweek acknowledges its “Motorsport Moment of the Year” Wolfsburg (02 January 2019). Two records and half a dozen awards: the pioneering Volkswagen ID. R electrified the […]

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Volkswagen offers First Glimpse of Mobile Charging Station

Power bank for electric cars – the mobile quick charging station by Volkswagen Group Components.   Flexible charging station can support the stationary development of a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and serve temporary needs CEO of Volkswagen Group Components, Thomas Schmall: “Completely new approach for the construction and expansion of the charging network”  Head of […]

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Groupe Renault and JMCG announce agreement in electric vehicles in China

Groupe Renault and JMCG announce an agreement in EV on the fast-growing Chinese market, which represents today 50% of the worldwide EV market. Groupe Renault will take a significant part of JMEV, a subsidiary of JMCG and one of the main EV player in China. Groupe Renault will thus complete its offering, increase its presence […]

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Audi e-tron GT won’t change much says design chief; what you see is (mostly) what you’ll get

The Audi e-tron GT concept car that made its debut last week at the 2018 LA Auto Show is nearly production-ready, according to Audi design boss Mark Lichte. “This is a metal sheet body already, and you can imagine how close it is with a metal sheet body,” Lichte said in a roundtable interview during […]

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VW WILL DEVELOP ITS LAST INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES IN 2026, REPORT SAYS

Wolfsburg looks ahead to EVs and 2050 climate goals Automakers usually try to hedge their public statements about powertrains in the distant future, not so much for reasons of letting their competitors know what their plans are, but due to the difficulty of forecasting technologies, fuel prices and consumer tastes, among other things. Ten years […]

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Sete Gibernau comes out of retirement for MotoE return           33

Former MotoGP race-winner Sete Gibernau will end his decade-long retirement to return to racing with Pons Racing in MotoE. Former MotoGP race-winner Sete Gibernau will end his decade-long retirement to return to racing with Pons Racing in MotoE for 2019.The 45-year-old will make his racing comeback next season in the inaugural MotoE championship, racing single-specification electric bikes, […]

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MotoGP veteran Bradley Smith moves into MotoE for 2019

MotoGP veteran Bradley Smith is to move into the new-for-2019 MotoE support category. Smith, 27, has competed in MotoGP since 2013 and scored two podium finishes with Tech 3 Yamaha before switching to KTM for 2017. But he will be replaced by Johann Zarco for 2019 and recently confirmed that he will take up a […]

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This Chevrolet Camaro EV is much more than an electric drag racer

Drag racing usually involves clouds of burnt hydrocarbons in with the burning rubber, but Chevrolet’s all-electric eCOPO Camaro Concept does away with that. Designed for SEMA 2018, and to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the original COPO Camaro special order models, the EV Camaro isn’t just a vague show-car special, either.It’s the handiwork of General […]

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Hispano-Suiza revival set for 2019 Geneva auto show

Big, pre-war cars are the things for which Hispano-Suiza is best known. Founded in 1904, the Spanish marque has been defunct since 1968. That’s all set to change as the brand is being revived with the launch of a new electric supercar, and it’s set to be revealed next March at the 2019 Geneva auto show. […]

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VW motorsport boss calls on WRC to consider electric move

On the back of VW’s stunning Pikes Peak success with its all-electric racer, VW motorsport director Sven Smeets has urged WRC bosses to act fast on finding a place for alternative energy in the series. It is understood that the FIA is working through possible electric and hybrid options for the WRC, but that there are […]

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WRC urged to find alternative energy solutions

Volkswagen Motorsport team principal Sven Smeets has urged World Rally Championship officials to take swift action to find an alternative energy solution for the series. Motorsport.com understands the FIA is working through possible electric and hybrid options for the WRC, but so far there are no new rules in place for the beginning of the […]

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VW BEETLE COULD COME BACK AS AN ELECTRIC CAR, REPORT SAYS

As the current gasoline-engined Beetle approaches the end of its product cycle — the model will exit production next year — and as Volkswagen’s ID range of electric cars gets rolling with an electric Microbus in the works for 2022, it would have been difficult to picture the ID lineup without a Beetle-style retro model. Autocar now reports that such a model is under consideration, awaiting a green light […]

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NHRA READY TO WELCOME ELECTRIC VEHICLES TO THE DRAG STRIP

NHRA Funny Car veteran Bob Tasca III has taken a peek behind the curtain, and he like what he sees.The electric car is coming to the racetrack. Anyone who thinks otherwise need look no further than Sunday’s results from the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the dominant performance of the Volkswagen I.D. R. And, yes, electric technology […]

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Electric GT Confirms calender for inaugural season

Electric GT Holdings Inc. has confirmed the ten race season of the all-new, zero-emission Electric Production Car Series (EPCS). Begining in Jerez, Spain on the 3rd of November, the European rounds of the championship will go on to visit Paul Ricard in France, Nürburgring in Germany, TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands, Silverstone and Algarve […]

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VW unveils its radical all-electric I.D. R Pikes Peak racer

The wraps have just come off Volkswagen’s first electric racing car, the I.D. R. The German carmaker hopes it will steal the electric record at the legendary Pikes Peak sprint event in Colorado on 24 June.Designed exclusively to compete in the 12.4-mile hill climb race, the I.D. R has ultra-light carbon fibre bodywork and winglets. Thanks to […]

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Nissan South Africa is heading to Knysna to make history

Nissan, which was crowned King of the Hill for both production and modified saloon cars at the 2017 Simola Hill Climb, has entered three category-defining vehicles for this year’s competition. First among the three is a first generation NISMO LEAF race car (RC), which will be piloted by Nissan product manager and test driver Janus […]

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AUDI PARTNERS WITH DRIVETRIBE AS IT GEARS UP FOR EV LAUNCH

As excitement grows for Audi’s game-changing entry in to the electric vehicles market, the launch of the Audi Electric Vehicle Tribe marks a major new partnership for DriveTribe, the social media startup backed by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. This is the first major commercial partnership to be confirmed by DriveTribe, the world’s […]