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Green & Electric

  • BMW to launch electric Mini in 2019

    The new BMW electric Mini series is set to roll out sometime in 2019 with a battery-powered version of the BMW X3 to hit the streets a year later, the automaker announced. The announcement comes as BMW's competitors such as General Motors' Opel and Renault launch their own eco-friendly vehicles at the Paris Motor Show. “Competitors are now in phase one on their electric strategy, while we're entering phase two. We’re already well on our way to electrifying the core portfolio, using powertrain technology from BMW i," said the CEO of BMW, Harald Kreuger, in an interview with Bloomberg. BMW's electric Mini and other vehicles...

  • Chevrolet Bolt gets price tag in USA

    The Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle has been bandied about for a good few months now, but the price tag wasn't quite set in stone. Now, GM and Chevrolet have announced that the new car will set US motorists back US$37 495, but buyers could earn tax credit of up to US$7500. "Value is a hallmark for Chevrolet and the pricing of the Bolt EV proves we're serious about delivering the first affordable EV with plenty of range for our customers," said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and leader of Global Chevrolet, in a press release. "We have kept our promise yet...

  • Chevrolet Bolt: is it actually a Tesla Model 3 killer?

    Tesla's Model 3 gets all the headlines, being marketed as the first affordable electric car from the US manufacturer. But General Motors and the Chevrolet Bolt have beaten Tesla to the punch though. The auto giant revealed the production version of the Bolt earlier this year, claiming it will be delivered later this year at an expected price just below US$37 500. By comparison, the Model 3 has a US$35 000 price tag and is only available in "late 2017". Chevrolet and GM claim 238 miles according to EPA estimates, while Tesla is touting a 215 mile maximum range. Should you go for the...

  • How many BMW i3 and i8 electric cars have been sold in SA?

    BMW and Nissan have announced the launch of the first joint charging stations for electric cars in South Africa - but buried in the press release was a rather interesting bit of news... The German automaker revealed that it sold 300 electric vehicles in the country since their introduction. But which model was more popular though? "In South Africa, BMW has sold a total of 141 BMW i3s and 159 BMW i8s units since its local introduction, making BMW i3 the most successful EV in the market," the automaker noted. We're not sure what BMW means about the i3 being the most...

  • BMW, Nissan launch first joint charging stations in Cape Town

    Following their memorandum of understanding (MOU) last year, BMW and Nissan have launched their first joint charging stations for electric vehicles in South Africa. The two manufacturers launched three charging stations (for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles) at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, BMW South Africa said in a statement. "The charging stations will supplement the stations already installed by BMW across 27 BMW dealerships, at the Melrose Arch Precinct and at BMW’s Head office in Midrand to support the adoption of EVs in South Africa’s urban areas," the German manufacturer added. The charging stations use Type 2 connections, which...

  • How many BMW i3s have been sold in South Africa?

    BMW South Africa has revealed just how many i3 electric vehicles have been sold in the country. In a press release to announce the UberGreen promotion in Cape Town, BMW and Uber noted that 124 cars have been sold in South Africa since its March 2015 launch. The UberGreen promotion will see BMW i3 cars available as an option for Uber users in the Mother City, albeit for a limited time only. BMW and Uber also revealed that "close to 50 000" BMW i3s have been sold since its international launch in 2013. The German automaker's cheaper i-series vehicle goes from 0-100 in 7.2...

  • Volvo wants to put 1m electric cars, hybrids on the road by 2025

    Volvo has a pretty ambitious set of goals for the next few years. The most well-known of those is its bid to ensure that, by 2020, no one dies in one of its cars. But it now seems that it also has serious plans for the electric car space. According to a press release sent to Motorburn, the Swedish automaker hopes to have one-million electric and hybrid cars on the road by 2025. It hopes to achieve this by offering at least two hybrid versions of every model in its range and by releasing its first dedicated all-electric car...

  • Tesla Model 3 vs Chevrolet Bolt: here’s what we know so far

    Yes, the long-awaited Tesla Model 3 has finally been revealed. And what an astounding reception it has received, with nearly 300 000 interested parties putting down deposits in the first three days alone. But, despite absolutely dominating the automotive headlines – and it really has – the Model 3 won’t be the first available relatively affordable, mass-produced electric vehicle with a range exceeding 320km. Indeed, the folks over at General Motors say that the new Chevrolet Bolt (not be confused with the Volt hybrid) will be available at dealerships in the United States before the end of 2016. The Model 3,...

  • Here’s why 2016 may just be the year the hybrid finally goes mainstream

    The hybrid – which draws its go-forward juice from both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor – was once seen as the long-term future of personal mobility. And it certainly made sense. Here was a model that saved fuel, reduced tail-pipe emissions, and served up a generous helping of instant torque. What was not to like? Today, however, such a belief isn’t necessarily as widely held. Yes, the majority of the world’s big automakers are now investing obscene amounts of cash in the development of either all-electric or hydrogen technology (or both) instead, which paints a gloomy picture for...

  • The Chevrolet Bolt has beaten the Tesla Model 3 to the affordable EV punch

    Chevrolet and Tesla are two exceedingly different automakers. One is a 104-year-old American manufacturer peddling everything from dinky city cars to chunky SUVs, fire-breathing muscle cars, and macho pick-up trucks. The other is a potential market disruptor that has quickly become known for its blindingly fast, highly desirable electric vehicles. But these two divergent brands share one particularly significant goal: that of bringing a mass-produced electric vehicle (with a decent range) to the US market at a relatively affordable price. 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Indeed, the upcoming Model 3 – which Elon Musk promises will be unveiled...

  • Nissan-backed study claims average SA driver could save R18k a year by going electric

    Electric driving is still in its infancy, more especially in South Africa than in many countries around the world. A combination of an unreliable electricity supply, along with higher car prices, mean that electric cars simply aren't worth it for many South Africans. But is that actually true? According to a press release sent to Motorburn by Nissan, researchers at uYilo, which is supported by the Government, ESKOM and car makers, found running an all-electric Nissan LEAF for a year costs R18 000 less than a petrol car. Based on the average South African annual mileage of 30...

  • Four in five UK teens believe that their first car will be electric

    My first car was a petrol powered dinosaur made by Toyota, which I thought was the pinnacle of automotive engineering. But times are definitely changing. According to a new survey undertaken by Go Ultra Low, a UK government-backed campaign to increase the sales of low-emission vehicles, found that 80% of teens queried aged 14 years believe that their first car will be electric. It's quite a staggering number, and made even more staggering by this factoid: around 90% of them believe that all cars on the road currently should be electric. Electric car sales have seen a massive growth spurt in developed...

  • SA solar car set to be first to cross into Sub-Saharan Africa

    While more and more electric cars roll out onto the world's roads, a group of engineering students are out to make history by driving a solar-powered car across the South African border and into Namibia and Botswana. The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Energy Movement’s Ilanga II will kick off its 4 160 km journey in Johannesburg in 18 June. During the trip, engineering students will also be collecting and analyzing data to optimise the performance of the vehicle, which will later be used to attempt to set the solar-only land speed world record. During the trip, the UJ Energy...

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