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    Official: Sunswift solar-powered car smashes 26-year EV speed record
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    We're not sure which is more impressive: that a team of Australian students set a new distance-speed record for an electric vehicle or the fact that the driver got that little solar-powered bad boy up to 82 miles per hour. Either way, the Sunswift team at University of New South Wales (NSW) has ...

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    Official: Australia's Sunswift claims new EV distance speed world record
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    With a name like Sunswift, optimism must abound. So let's start with the fact that the team behind it has built a great looking solar-powered car. And Australia has plenty of road and more than enough sun, the pieces are coming together. Australia's University of New South Wales first put ...

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    Motorsports: Radical ELMOFO races toward competition Down Under [w/video]
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    Racing Green Endurance proved an electrified Radical SR8 could be tough when they drove one from Alaska to Argentina. Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) proved it could be fast, setting records on the Nürburgring and at Pikes Peak. Now, an Australian outfit wants to demonstrate that ...

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    Evans Electric unveils monster in-wheel motor Down Under
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    Egg cookery is slow cookery, or so says my Mom. Apparently it shares this trait with in-wheel electric motor cookery. We first told you about a certain in-wheel motor under development back in 2010 which, at the time, had been already been in the frying pan for three years. Fast forward to now ...

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    Official: Stella solar-powered four-passenger car getting ready for Australia challenge [w/video]
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    Solar power, while streaming free daily from our sun, is notoriously difficult to turn into practical vehicular transportation. Sure, you can cross Australia in a solar car, if you're willing to work hard, but direct solar-powered transportation (i.e., not solar charging à la a Tesla ...

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    Official: UM's solar race team builds Generation, the 'ultimate electric vehicle,' for World Solar Challenge
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    The University of Michigan has built a vehicle just about any green-car enthusiast would appreciate, except maybe those from Ohio State University. Last week, U of M unveiled its "Generation" solar-powered electric vehicle that it is entering in Australia's World Solar Challenge. The team ...

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    Report: Australia university researchers more than double EV battery capacity
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    When your country boasts a fairly desolate area called the "Outback" that's about 1,800 miles wide, driving range is paramount. Researchers at Australia's University of Wollongong appear to have that in mind as they develop an electric-vehicle battery that can provide more than twice the ...

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    Report: Nissan Leaf gets big price drop, like $15,000 big, in Australia
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    A few months and one hemisphere later, Nissan has gotten around to cutting the price of its all-electric Leaf in Australia. The Japanese automaker has reduced the Leaf price down under to $39,990 AUD (US $40,700), or about $15,000 AUD less than it was charging when the model debuted in Australia ...

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    Official: Better Place swaps US, Australia operations for a focus on Israel, Denmark
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    Better Place, the electric-vehicle battery-swapping technology developer, is swapping out its US and Australia operations to save cash and will focus its efforts on Denmark and Israel. The company, which had operated offices in California's Silicon Valley, referred to Denmark and Israel as "its ...

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    Official: Giant kite, Evonic technologies help Wind Explorer EV cross Australia
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    Turns out, you can drive a unique electric vehicle all the way across Australia on less than $15 worth of electricity. You just need some kite assistance (or, yes, solar power). The Wind Explorer that made this trek is now on display at Evonik's New Jersey office, since the company worked on the ...

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    Official: Better Place's second CEO in four months steps down
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    Better Place has long promoted itself to the electric-vehicle advocate community as the expert in battery-swapping technology. Turns out, the company is proficient at swapping out its CEOs, too. Evan Thornley, who became CEO in October, had been chief of the company's Australia operations before ...

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    Report: Renault's Australian EV launch delayed by Better Place issues
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    Better Place continues to be a bit of a misnomer as issues with the electric-vehicle battery-switching network have delayed Renault's plans to debut its Fluence Z.E. electric vehicle in Australia, Car Advice reports. Renault, whose EV is designed to allow for battery swapping, was originally ...

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    Two Wheels: Catavolt brings electric motorcycle battle to Australian streets [w/video]
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    The Catavolt team has been developing its unique electric motorcycle drivetrain whilst duking it out on racetracks Down Under in the eFX/TTXGP championship for the past couple years. Now, they are bringing the battle to the Australian streets, announcing that the first Catavolt S6 street bike has ...

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    Official: All-electric Holden sets 'unofficial' 24-hour record with 1,172 miles
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    G'day, mate. And a mighty long one. A battery-electric Holden Commodore set what its builders say is an unofficial record for miles driven purely on electric power over the course of 24 hours. Australia-based EV Engineering said that the Holden (the brand is General Motors' Australian division) ...

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    Official: GM's Holden, Better Place reach charging-station agreement for Australia
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    Better Place is going from Israel and Denmark to the Land Down Under. The progenitors of electric-vehicle battery-swapping systems have reached a deal with General Motors' Holden division in Australia to provide EV-charging stations that can be used by drivers of the Holden (née ...

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    Official: Nissan Leaf goes on sale in Australia for a cool $52,000
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    A year-and-a-half after it came to the U.S. and Japan, the Nissan Leaf is finally available in Australia, and at quite a price. Available now at 13 Nissan dealers across Australia, the all-electric car will cost $51,500 Australian dollars ($52,400 U.S. at today's exchange rates). Yowza. Even ...

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    Report: Tokai University wins 1,860-mile World Solar Challenge for second year in a row
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    Fro the second year in a row, Tokai University can lay claim to the winner's laurels in the 2011 Veolia World Solar Challenge, a sun-powered race challenge in Australia that winds over 1,800 miles between Darwin and Adelaide using only 5 kWh of on-board energy and the rest beamed in directly from ...

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    Varley evR450 revealed at Australia Electric Vehicle Conference
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    The Varley evR450 is the absolute antithesis of everything the company behind it has done to date. You see, Varley Electric Vehicles has been producing utilitarian battery-powered machines for quite some time now. If you're in Australia and need a hard-working tug for for an airport or factory, ...

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    Arcspeed Sports roadster puts the wind in your hair, ties your kangaroo down
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    With 522 Nm (385 pound-feet) of torque available in an instant, and a super low-cut windshield bug deflector, the newly-revealed Arcspeed Sports is an all-electric that seems ready to bring an extreme roadster experience to the low-carbon, high-performance party. By that we mean that when you ...

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    Nissan Australia charges up for 2012 Leaf launch
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    2011 Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Nissan Australia has moved one step closer to the 2012 Australian launch of the Leaf by inking a deal with Coulomb Techologies. Nissan, working in conjunction with Coulomb, has installed three ChargePoint stations (two CT2000 ...

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