Jul 22, 2015

Tesla launches new taxi service in Australia

Eric Harding
2 min
The taxi industry is about to receive an impressive environmentally friendly upgrade. As our sister site

The taxi industry is about to receive an impressive environmentally friendly upgrade.

As our sister site Business Review Australia wrote, the Australian zero-emission luxury chauffeur company Evoke recently announced the release of the first Tesla Model S taxi service to compete with other petrol-based car services in the region. It will offer a taxi service with similar rates, but will be the first-ever zero-emissions luxury transportation service in Australia.

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With both limousines and taxis available, Evoke will use the Model S to give customers a memorable experience for both professional and personal use. The service launched earlier this month after about 200 test trips, and intends to add more Tesla sedans in the coming weeks.

The Model S recently underwent a series of upgrades to both its high and low-end range of its latest model, which includes an option of an increased acceleration function that allows the car to go 0-60 miles an hour in just 2.8 seconds as well as an improved battery pack from 85 to now 90 kilowatt an hour.

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The new “ludicrous mode” will be a 10 percent improvement from the Model S previous maximum acceleration called “insane mode.” In addition, a new “maximum plaid” version is being reserved for the next generation Roadster four years down the line.

“It’s like having your own private roller coaster,” Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk said of the new “insane mode.”

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For now, consumers have the choice of the Model S P90D, Model S 90D and Model S 70. Meanwhile, the new battery pack for better range emerged from the upcoming Model X SUV, which according to Musk is heavier and requires more energy to reach the same range as the Model S using a new chemistry.

Using electric cars will give Australians a chance to go from point A to point B in comfort and luxury without letting off harmful emissions into the environment. Not only will it make the city better to live it, but customers are also expected to be impressed by the transportation experience.

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The riding experience features free Wi-Fi, an in-vehicle iPad and a Spotify music streaming app while traveling. In the future, Evoke will begin expanding to other Aussie cities with hopes of cornering the market for executives, weddings and others.

There’s nothing quite like riding in luxury while protecting the environment at the same time.

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May 18, 2021

Toyota unveils electric van and Volvo opens fuel cell lab

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Toyota's Proace Electric medium-duty panel van is being launched across Europe as Volvo opens its first fuel cell test lab

Toyota is launching its first zero emission battery electric vehicle, the Proace Electric medium-duty panel van, across Europe.

The model, which offers a choice of 50 or 75kWh lithium-ion batteries with range of up to 205 miles, is being rolled out in the UK, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden.

At present, alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs, including battery electric vehicles) account for only a fraction – around 1.8 per cent – of new light commercial van sales in the UK, but a number of factors are accelerating demand for practical alternatives to vans with conventional internal combustion engines.

Low and zero emission zones are coming into force to reduce local pollution and improve air quality in urban centres, at the same time as rapid growth in ecommerce is generating more day-to-day delivery traffic.

Meanwhile the opening of Volvo's first dedicated fuel cell test lab in Volvo Group, marks a significant milestone in the manufacturer’s ambition to be fossil-free by 2040.

Fuel cells work by combining hydrogen with oxygen, with the resulting chemical reaction producing electricity. The process is completely emission-free, with water vapour being the only by-product.

Toni Hagelberg, Head of Sustainable Power at Volvo CE, says fuel cell technology is a key enabler of sustainable solutions for heavier construction machines, and this investment provides another vital tool in its work to reach targets.

"The lab will also serve Volvo Group globally, as it’s the first to offer this kind of advanced testing," he said.

The Fuel Cell Test Lab is a demonstration of the same dedication to hydrogen fuel cell technology, as the recent launch of cell centric, a joint venture by Volvo Group and Daimler Truck to accelerate the development, production and commercialization of fuel cell solutions within long-haul trucking and beyond. Both form a key part of the Group’s overall ambition to be 100% fossil free by 2040.

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