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There’s a lot of ‘buzz’ about the advance of electric cars with more and more manufacturers moving to electric engines.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are the future offering clean, green motoring for everyone.
Uptake of battery-powered models is somewhat surprisingly slow, but that’s not stopping manufacturers entering the electric vehicle market.
Here are 5 expected to hit the Australian market in 2018.
BMW i3 and i3s
On sale since 2015, the city-sized BMW i3 will be updated this year with extra battery capacity, more equipment and a sporty new variant.
The four-seater will retail from $68,700 (plus on-road costs) for the base grade all-electric variant, the range-extending petrol-electric (REX) model selling for $74,700 (plus ORCs).
Sporty i3s and i3s REX models are priced from $69,900 and $75,900 respectively. BMW says the i3 can travel up to 200km on a single charge. The new i3 will be in showrooms from February.
The Toyota Prius-sized IONIQ (pronounced ‘ionic’) from Hyundai will arrive in Australia in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric form this April.
The attractive five-door hatch claims 280km of all-electric driving and promises to “democratise” the EVs with an expected price tag of $40,000 (plus ORCs). In the US the IONIQ sells from $29,500.
With aluminium panels to reduce weight and simple suspension to improve packaging, the IONIQ is a useful five-seat family car with none of the typical EV styling quirks.
Set to compete with the Tesla’s Model X is Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle, the family-sized I-PACE.
Slightly smaller than the oil-burning F-PACE, the I-PACE will feature all-wheel drive by means of an electric motor on each axle, and offer a range of more than 500km.
Expected in showrooms in the second-half of 2018, its anticipated the Jaguar I-PACE will retail from around $120,000 (plus ORCs) – approximately $50,000 more than the larger, entry-spec F-PACE Prestige 20d.
The second-generation LEAF is slated to arrive in Australia late this year.
The four-seat hatch made its international debut in Japan last year promising improved range – Nissan claims more than 400km from a single charge –plus connectivity and autonomous driving benefits over the outgoing model.
Nissan sold more than 300,000 examples of the first-generation LEAF globally, and though pricing is yet to be confirmed, we anticipate an asking price of under $50,000 (plus ORCs).
Renault Kangoo ZE
Available from this month, the Renault Kangoo ZE small parcel van arrives in showrooms after years of local testing with Australia Post.
The all-electric ‘ZE’ (for Zero Emissions) van shares all but its engine with the conventionally-powered Kangoo, and boasts a realistic range of around 80km, Renault says.
It offers a payload of up to 650kg, or 150kg less than the diesel-engined Kangoo due to the weight of its batteries. There’s no word on price yet, but our guess is around $50,000 (plus ORCs).
Source: Electric vehicles coming to Australia in 2018
January 16, 2018 | Matt Brogan | motoring.com.au
According to the tribune.com, Maybach Exelero is the most expensive car in the world valued at $8 million. That’s almost double the value of the Koenigsegg CCXR by Swedish manufacturer Trevita reported as the world’s most expensive car by digitaltrends.com.
Tribune published a top 10 on August 8, 2015, with digitaltrends.com on August 11, 2015.
Both lists had similarities like the Lamborghini Veneno which both had as second ($4.5m).
Top 10 most expensive cars in the world
It is true that money can’t buy happiness but somehow it is much more comfortable crying in your dream car than on a bicycle. With a dream car comes the thrill of an adrenaline rush as you are pushed back in your seat by the break neck acceleration or sit up with the spine chilling instant braking.
Whether it is the Lamborghini you wish to travel to work in or the Bugatti Veyron, here is a ist of the meanest automobiles available to buy, and no, the Rolls Royce is not even close to the bottom.
1. Maybach Exelero ($8 million)
This monster is powered by a twin turbo V12 engine and is a custom design produced for Fulda Reifenwerke in 2004.
2. Lamborghini Veneno ($4.5 million)
This limited edition Lamborghini Veneno had only three units produced and can clock its speed as high as 350 km/hr.
3. Lykan Hypersport ($3.4 million)
Lykan Hypersport was designed in 2012 by W Motors as a limited edition model. With a top speed of 385 km/hr it boasts of a turbo flat-six 3.7 litre engine from Porsche. Titanium LED blades with about 420 diamonds in the headlights is just an additional feature!
4. Bugatti Veyron Super Sports ($2.4 million)
Bugatti Veyron has been recognised by Guinness World Records as the fastest street-legal production ever -408.47 km/hr.
5. Lamborghini Reventon ($2 million)
Being one of the most expensive road car costing $2,000,000, Reventon was launched at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. It comprises of three TFT liquid crystal displays and two diverse display modes.
Reventon also includes a g-force-meter and its top speed has been recorded up to 221m/h.
6. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster ($1.85 million)
This amazing piece of automotive engineering can pull off a 0-60 mph dash in a break neck 3.4 seconds! It comes with a top speed of 349 km/hr and is widely popular among auto enthusiasts.
7. Aston Martin One-77 ($1.85 million)
The very popular Aston Martin One-77 boasts of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds with a maximum speed of 354 km/hr.
8. Zenvo ST1 ($1.8 million)
Only 15 units of this model were manufactured and sold only to handpicked loyalists. Its most talked about feature is that it is powered by a 6.8-litre V8 engine that clocks a top speed of 375 km/hr.
9. Koenigsegg Agera R ($1.6 million)
This bad boy can reach a top speed of 418 km/hr however to ‘unlock’ the actual top speed, you have to sign a waiver. Normally, it can reach 378/hr where it is electronically limited.
10. Pagani Huayra( $1.6 million)
The Italian monster Pagani Huayra is named after the God of the winds. This one is fuelled by a twin-turbo V12 engine from Mercedes and can speed up from0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds.
Top 10 most expensive cars in the world | tribune.com
By Web DeskPublished: August 8, 2015
Oh don’t worry, the cars themselves are fast enough, but what a problem to have?
Tesla are taking more orders for cars than they can manufacture.
The Model 3 shook up the automotive world when demand for Tesla’s entry-level car far outstripped even the manufacturer’s high hopes. That demand, as measured by people putting down actual money for pre-orders, raised expectations and put pressure on the company. Well, today’s an important day for Tesla and the Model 3, according to Electrek. This is the day Tesla is expected to put the “pencil down,” calling an end to the preliminary engineering design stage.
Six weeks have passed since Tesla CEO Elon Musk referred to the need for “some tweaking” when he said, “Almost all of the Model 3’s design is done and we are aiming for pencil down basically in about six weeks.” There will be further feature set announcements and final design unveilings shortly before production begins in the latter part of 2017, but the initial design phase should be ending now.
Though the sun will still rise for Tesla if it doesn’t hit the announced deadline, the company will benefit if it hits the target. And granted, Musk did say “about six weeks,” which allows some wiggle room. The roughly 400,000 people on the Model 3 reservation list would likely appreciate solid progress as well.
It’s easy to recognize technology pioneers — they’re the ones with the big targets painted on their backs. It’s difficult to overstate the extent to which Tesla’s Autopilot has been in the news during the past three weeks, and some of that may have been the result of pioneer targeting. But business carries on and development continues on several fronts.
Musk has stated that the Model 3 won’t pose the challenges of the Model S and the Model X, which share share the same platform. “[With the Model 3] we are making something that is a lot simpler, but still a car that people will love and where every design decision is factoring in manufacturability and making sure that when we design something that we can manufacture at volume, at an affordable price, and on the schedule we are targeting,” Musk said.
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Model S is designed from the ground up to be the safest, most exhilarating sedan on the road. With unparalleled performance delivered through Tesla’s unique, all-electric powertrain, Model S accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in as little as 3.0 seconds. Model S comes with Autopilot capabilities designed to make your highway driving not only safer, but stress free.
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