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Solar power coming for electric motorcycles

A Swedish partnership is being forged to build small portable solar power chargers for electric adventure motorcycles that can be used in remote areas where there are no mains charging points. A portable solar charger would be a great advantage in Australia with our vast distances and plenty of sunshine. …

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Critic Reviews: Nissan Leaf

The arrival of the original Nissan Leaf was a landmark moment for electric cars back in 2011. We’d seen electric cars before, but they were either shoddily built, laughably impractical or a nightmare to drive; sometimes all three. However, the Leaf changed all that, delivering style, practicality, a useful mileage range …

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Yamaha investigates hybrid engines

Yamaha is developing hybrid engines for cars with the technology helping the Japanese company produce electric motorcycles. Company boss Yoshihiro Hidaka (pictured above) says Yamaha has been supplying engines for Toyota since 1967, but now must develop hybrid engines to keep pace with Toyota’s hybrid powertrain development. “I have a …

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Toyota Electric e-Palette Self-Driving Modular Vehicle

Only last year we brought you the retro-future of the Uniti One electric city car from Sweden. Now Toyota have embraced the oddness with the cumbersome looking e-Palette concept, looking more like your printer’s ink cartridge than a vehicle. Toyota’s concept is part self-drive bus service and part Amazon-style drone …

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Zero electric motorcycles claim 360km range

Zero Motorcycles continues to improve the range of its electric bikes, now claiming a maximum of 360km, up 40km from the previous models. However, Aussies can no longer buy the bikes after Zero Motorcycles pulled the plug on imports to Australia and Asia in June, citing unfavourable exchange rates and taxes. …

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