Jaguar I-Pace production kicks off, lands in Australia in late 2018

CarAdvice are reporting that Jaguar’s stunning all electric I-Pace SUV has already started production in Europe, with the first models arriving either at the end of 2017 or early 2018, and then to Australian customers by the end of next year.

Speaking with CarAdvice, James Scrimshaw, manager for product public affairs at Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Australia, said the local arm expects the I-Pace to arrive Down Under in the second half of 2018.

More at CarAdvice…

Why Norway is full of Teslas

A great video from Vox, looking at why Oslo, and Norway in general, is full of electric vehicles. The answer? Their sovereign wealth fund.

The proceeds from fund investments, the capital for which is generated from Norways oil and petrol reserves, pay for the incentives for the population to shift to cleaner transport.

Can’t think what other country has an abundance of raw materials it’s pulling out of the ground and selling to everyone else. Oh yeah, Australia – but no wealth fund for us.

Performance Drive (Australia) reviews the Tesla Model S P100D

More opinions here

We’re currently testing the P100D beast to see what it’s all about. And on first impressions, it is definitely quick. Like, hold-on-for-your-life quick. Seriously gut-wrenching. If you find it difficult to fully wake up in the morning, floor the throttle in this and you’ll be right awake, quick smart.

Audi promoting their shift to Formula E

Audi pulled out of their very successful endurance racing program last year, which saw them dominate at Le Mans using hybrid-diesel power. Instead, they are moving to Formula E.

The move is bold – but this is where they see the future of production vehicles, so to them it makes sense to move their R&D spend and promotional efforts that come from being involved in motorsport into Formula E.

More at Via Inside EVs.

LEVIAMP ceiling mounted EV charger

Featured in a recent episode of Fully Charged (a must subscribe for any EV fan) was the LEVIAMP from EasyCharge.

This German company has come up with a clever solution for car parks to provide easy to install EV charging in locations that don’t have a wall to install a conventional destination charger on.

Chuck it on a ceiling and there’s a rotatable arm that drops down to plug into! It can be shared across multiple spots too – up to 4 parking spots for 1 charger. The LEVIAMP also doubles as a light source with LEDs. Perfect for brightening up dingy car parks. If you’d like more details on the LEVIAMP, view this PDF brochure.