VW Golf GTE review from Fully Charged

Jonny Smith reviews the Golf GTE, the plug in hybrid performance hatchback variant of the iconic VW Golf – that’s not available in Australia. Yet.

The GTE offers around 50km of pure battery range from an 8.7 Kwh battery, which would be enough for most of the day-to-day driving I do in the i3. I’d have be way more religious about charging it every night though.

If you add some old-fashioned petrol, you can get a total possible range of about 930km, which is huge – plus (but best to say ‘or’) the performance aspect that comes with the GTE badge.

I’d put money on this coming to our shores in 2018, although there’s no word from VW Australia on this for now.

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.

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 audi.com/formulae. Via Inside EVs.