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Hayden Paddon and his awesome Hyundai Kona EV rally car will be at the Eworld Expo next weekend.
Eworld expo next week!
Thursday next week sees the start of the Eworld Expo, New Zealand’s only dedicated electro-mobility expo, conference and trade show. Held at the Trusts Arena in Auckland from May 6th to 8th, the expo covers not only EVs, but also charging infrastructure, e-bikes, e-scooters and a wide range of other e-mobility subjects.
Thursday and Friday are industry days with trade days and the conference, but Saturday May 8th from 9am to 5pm is a chance for the public to go along. Companies like Audi, Ford and Hyundai will have their latest EVs on display, along with LDV, Fuso, and, for the bikers, Harley Davidson and New Zealand’s own Ubco will be showing off their electric motorcycles.
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Here’s some highlights from a previous year’s event, when it was known as ‘EVworld’
Kiwi motorsport star Hayden Paddon will also be on on-site with his purpose-built (and thoroughly awesome) Hyundai Kona EV rally car, and be opportunities for the public to try an e-bike or e-scooter too.
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The Eworld Expo is free to attend, although preregistration is recommended for the seminars.
Fancy a full size Tamiya R/C car that is, of course, an EV?
Radio-controlled model manufacturer Tamiya and the wild brains behind the Baby Bugatti, The Little Car Company, have teamed up to make a 8/10th scale fully-drivable version of the Tamiya Wild One 1/10th scale R/C car, because why not?
Rather awesomely, the Wild One MAX, as it is being called, will still be assembled by the customer and come with a full size sticker sheet as well!
Volkswagen hots up the ID.4
After a tiny amount of teasing, Volkswagen has whipped the hanky off the first member of its GTX EV performance family – the ID.4 GTX.
The ID.4 GTX is the first dual motor Volkswagen EV and will pump out 220kW of power, which will propel it to 100kmh from a standing start in 6.2 seconds.
The company has also confirmed that the GTX badge will be its EV equivalent of the GTI badge in ICE cars going forward too.
Ford is going its own way
After being rattled by the current semiconductor chip shortage, Ford has announced that it “wants to control the key technology” for its electric vehicles, and plans to open a battery development centre near Detroit by the end of next year.
The company said the facility will have equipment to design, test and even do small-scale manufacturing of battery cells and packs.
Eventually the company wants to do large-scale manufacturing of its own batteries globally, a task now performed by supply companies.
Honda commits to going all-electric
Honda has become one of the first Japanese companies to commit itself to a firm date to sell only electric or fuel cell electric vehicles.
The company has said this week that it be abandoning selling hybrid vehicles and sell only EVs and FHEVs by 2040. On the way there Honda aims to increase the combined proportion of electric vehicles and FCEVs to 40 per cent of its new unit sales by 2030, and to 80 per cent by 2035.
A much better week for Tesla
Following last Tesla’s no good, awful week last week when it was criticised by the Chinese government over its customer service and faced two investigations in the US over a crash that killed two men in one of its cars, this week was brought much better news!
The company announced its seventh straight profitable quarter, making US$438 million in the three-month period that ended March 31, as sales more than doubled the same period last year to nearly 185,000 vehicles.