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Introducing Hybrid Centre Sydney:

The team at Clayton Bespoke are extremly excited to announce that we are extending our business with an exclusive showroom for hybrid vehicles.

We intend to continue with our Clayton bespoke business but recognise an immediate market for a one stop shop for ecofriendly vehicles. Our current location immediately lends itself to the ability to apply for a ‘SUPERCHARGE’ electric charging station within the 1600 space car park.

After 28 years as a vehicle dealer both new and pre owned I realise that Electric and Hybrid vehicles are the future and the best practical move forward for modern urban transport. Having a one stop shop for pre-owned hybrid vehicles at a fraction of the cost of new will enable an education of affordability. Especially in the CBD.

I plan to have vehicles starting from a very reasonable entry level price. Obviously keeping our normal level of quality people associate with an Eastern Suburbs Dealer.

Finance packages / Paint / Panel / Warranty / Insurance / Butler service will all be available.

If you'd like to know more about our services, please contact us using the details below.

Email: bevin@claytonbespoke.com.au

Warm Regards

Dealer Principal

Bevin Clayton

 

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Not quite sure exactly how hybrid and electric cars work? Watch the videos below for a better understanding! 

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Have a read about what the boys at TopGear had to say about the Tesla Model-S! Click on the link below

http://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/tesla/model-s

 

“Arguably the biggest step forward for EVs since the Prius, Tesla shows cylinders may have had their day”

"The future is here and it's amazing. The Model S is a true game changer."

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LaFerrari Hybrid hypercar (above)

Electric cars might make up only a tiny percentage of global auto sales, but they've become a technology upon which numerous automakers are staking their fortunes. Build them, and they will come, the thinking goes.

It also helps that zero-emission, long-range electric vehicles will help carmakers meet stringent forthcoming government fuel-economy and environmental regulations. That's why EVs are often derided behind buzzy scenes as "compliance vehicles."

One car company that wants nothing to do with this is Ferrari. Although its $1-million LaFerrari hypercar is a hybrid, combining a nearly 800-horsepower V12 gas engine with a 160-horsepower electric motor, full electric will never happen.

“We would not follow to develop a fully electric car,” said Michael Leiters, Ferrari's technology head, at the Paris Motor Show, according to Car and Driver. “We are convinced that it’s right to have a hybrid car because, for us, the sound is a very crucially important characteristic of a Ferrari, and our customers want to have this," he added.

That Ferrari sound. It's actually completely addictive and arguable the most important aspect of the Ferrari experience, whether it's with a V12, a turbocharged V8, or a naturally aspirated V8 under the hood. We're talking about a wild animal wail, a constant growl. Former "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson once said that the engine noise of a Ferrari 458 supercar sounded like a "burning bear."

Electric cars, of course, can be very fast — supercar fast, in fact — but they're also extremely quiet. The velocity is science-fiction-like. There is no sacred scream or unholy roar from their motors.

Ferrari has staked its reputation on this. So for now, they're going to be a very prominent bystander in the march to the EV future.

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BMW is planning on producing electric X3 and Mini vehicles

BMW announced on Friday that it was planning on releasing an all-electric version of its crossover X3 as well as an electric Mini. The move is a significant expansion of BMW's electric vehicle portfolio.

The company has a history when it comes to electric vehicles. It launched the i3 electric car in 2013, while the company tested out the Mini E in 2009, deploying a fleet of 500 cars across the world. In recent years, it has released the BMW i8, as well as the plug in versions of the X5 and a 3-series. The company has released a number of plug-in hybrid models, including the X5 xDrive40e, 225xe, 330e, and 740e models.

The new vehicles are expected to be released in 2019, and according to BMW CEO Harald Krueger, they will be "competitive" when it comes to range and price. Reuters suggests that BMW is facing pressure from rival automakers such as Daimler, Volkswagen and Tesla. Earlier this week at the Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled its own electric concept car, the I.D. Chevrolet is also set to release its Chevy Bolt EV before the end of the year.

Car manufacturers are also facing stringent environmental regulations as European Union emissions targets go into effect in 2021.

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VIDEO

Watch the below video to really see how insane the acceleration is on these electric cars! The Tesla P90D is the first ever production car with four-doors to ever crack the 3 second 0-60mph barrier, doing it in 2.8seconds. Can you imagine what’s to come? These electric beasts will be flooding the streets in no time. Comfort, speed and simplicity!!!

Sure the Aventador wins in terms of speed, but what about that acceleration from the Tesla!? A family marketed sedan that is quicker off the mark than one of the world’s most outrageous supercars says a lot about what these battery powered animals are capable of.

 

 

 

At Clayton Bespoke we currently have in stock a Model S, as reviewed by TopGear, and a P90D, as you saw in the above video. Feel free to come have a test drive yourself and see what the fuss is all about!

 

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Comprehensive study by Autolist shows that a Tesla retains its value far better than gasoline sedans

A new study shows that the Tesla Model S is leading vehicle value retention in the luxury sedan segment by an impressive margin, beating its gas-powered counterparts like the Audi A8, Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series.

The new study was released today by Autolist. The buyer intelligence firm looked at over 1.6 million data points from January 1, 2012 to August 31, 2016 and compared the depreciation of vehicles in each segment over the number of miles driven.

Alex Klein, Autolist’s Vice President of Data Science, wrote in an email to Electrek:

“To put the depreciation in context, whereas a Tesla (Model S) will on average lose 28% of its value after being driven 50k miles, a Mercedes S-Class will lose 38%, a BMW 7-series will lose 40%, and an Audi A8 will lose 41%. As a result, Tesla owners end up with considerably more money in their pocket.”

The study expanded the results all the way to 100,000 miles driven and found that the Model S maintains its lead...

Read the rest of the article here !

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 VIDEO

Malcom Flynn from CarsGuide tests and reviews the new 2016 Toyota Prius with specs, fuel consumption and verdict at its Australian launch. Malcom has some great things to say about the hybrid car market leader!! Tune in!

 

 

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Why Electric Cars Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think

Adoption of electric vehicles will not be gradual, because the factors required to unlock demand for them are in place

 

http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-electric-cars-will-be-here-sooner-than-you-think-1472402674

Click the above link ^^ to get redirected to an interesting article on the Wall Street Journal website. The article touches on the ever so fast growing nature of electric and hybrid vehicles, especially as of late. With most gas vehicle market leaders currently aboard the electric and hybrid bandwagon, as well as new charging stations being installed around the communities, it is clear that these efficient green vehicles are predicted to boom. Have a read!

“gas vehicles are history—it’s horse and buggy days.”

 

"California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, wants to have 1.5 million battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles on the roads by 2025, and the state’s largest utility thinks it can help reach that goal.

Pacific Gas & Electric is proposing to install 7,600 electric vehicle-charging stations over the next three years, the single biggest deployment of plug-in spots in the country.

The utility says the charge station placements would encourage those who don’t own houses to buy EVs, since it would prioritize placements at workplaces and multifamily housing.

While consumers are weary about the size and cost, private EV charging companies are concerned that the network is so large it will prevent competition.

Currently there are 5,000 chargers in the PG&E territory that covers Northern California to the Central Valley mostly owned by private firms.

The proposal has won support from environmental groups, carmakers, labor unions and some in the charging industry."

- Scientific American

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Hybrid Cars Have Cost Advantage Over Diesel, Less Expensive Than EVs

Nearly two decades after the first Toyota Prius went on sale in Japan, the cost of hybrid technology is now less than diesel, according to the original Prius lead engineer, Satoshi Ogiso.

In an exclusive interview with Forbes’ contributor Bertel Schmitt, Ogiso said a cost advantage for the technology he was part of from the beginning. 

“In Europe, the production cost of an automatic transmission hybrid system and diesel already have reached parity,” said Ogiso, observing an advantage over battery electric vehicle costs, as well.

Read the rest of the article HERE

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Prestige hybrids: Luxury cars with electric boost

Not every hybrid has to be a Prius. These five luxury cars boast advanced hybrid power trains for excellent fuel economy, and in some cases, plenty of power.

This article from Cnet RoadShow provides full reviews of these top 5 prestige Hybrid cars. Luxury automakers such as Infiniti, BMW and Porsche have learned the win-win nature of an electric-assisted power train by devising their own takes on the Hybrid car. Click the link below the images to read the full reviews!

1. Infiniti M35h

When Infiniti turned its flagship sedan into a luxury hybrid, it angled for better fuel economy. The car uses a V-6 instead of the V-8 of the M56, but the electric drive system pushes its horsepower to 360, while keeping fuel economy in the high 20s. Read the full review of the Infiniti M35h.

2. BMW ActiveHybrid 7

With its 7 Series hybrid, BMW did not bother to downsize the engine, instead adding an electric-drive system. The result? About 50 extra horsepower and yet fuel economy in the low 20s, which is an impressive figure for such a big and powerful car. Read the full review of the BMW ActiveHybrid 7.

3. Lexus CT 200h

With a 1.8-liter engine and electric hybrid system, the same as used in the Prius, the CT 200h is probably the least powerful luxury car you can find. Its 0-to-60 mph time may be slow, but over 40 mpg is nothing to sneeze at. Read the full review of the Lexus CT 200h.

4. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Based on the Ford Fusion, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid may stretch the notion of luxury, but its hybrid power train delivers excellent fuel economy and drivability. Touches such as a THX audio system add to the pleasure of driving. Read the full review of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

5. Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

Porsche chose its SUV for its hybrid, benefiting from the same electrically assisted power train used in the Volkswagen Touareg. This supercharged V-6 and electric motor combine for 380 horsepower, while getting fuel economy in the low 20s. Read the full review of the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid.

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Electric vans will work in Australia, says Mercedes-Benz

Commercial vehicles will be a key to growing Australia’s sluggish electrified vehicle adoption rate, believes the local division of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

Daimler will begin series production of EV vans from the end of 2018, with mid-sized Vito and larger Sprinter iterations to be available — first in Europe, but eventually elsewhere.

EV ownership rates are low in Australia when measured against other mature markets, given the lack of subsidisation. But commercials could be a solution to increase volume, driven by fleets seeking to lower their emissions — and gain good PR from doing so.

 

“We believe commercial vehicles will be another driving force for electric vehicle adoption in Australia and New Zealand,” Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia managing director Diane Tarr said this week.

“It has the potential to create more demand and with that comes more electric vehicle infrastructure and awareness of the benefits this technology provides.

“We already have preliminary interest from some major fleet customers who are looking to improve efficiency and sustainability in their operations. It will be interesting to watch how this evolves in our market.”

However, the arrival of EV vans before the end of the decade in Australia seems slim, with Tarr adding that while the electric vans would eventually be offered globally, “we are focusing on the European market [first]”.

Mercedes-Benz’s new worldwide electric van rollout — its second since a smaller test in 2011 with the Vito E-Cell  — will begin with a pilot program in partnership with German logistics giant Hermes, to eventually electrify its fleet.

The companies are to start using battery-electric vehicles in the logistics provider’s normal figurative last-mile operations in Stuttgart and Hamburg in early 2018.

By the end of 2020, Hermes Germany intends to deploy 1500 electric vans in urban areas across Germany.

This trial was partially triggered by the rapid growth in online retailing and the resulting challenges for courier-express-parcel companies. One stated advantage is the silent running of EV vans, meaning they can go all night.

By the year 2025, Hermes plans to carry out deliveries in the inner-city areas of all major German cities free of emissions.

Quote from head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Volker Mornhinweg:

“Electric drive is a key technology for urban transport – especially in commercial use. Last-mile deliveries must become more efficient and – in specific applications – emission-free.

“Last year, we announced that we would put a Mercedes-Benz electric van into series production again; our first one was in 2011.

“We are proud that we can already announce that Hermes will be our first customer – and with a significant number of vehicles at that.”

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Solar electric cars to be made in Brisbane

 

When you think of electric vehicles, one of the first questions that springs to mind is where are the chargepoint stations?

Well with the new world-first solar electric cars that are set to be manufactured in Brisbane, the worry for finding a station to charge the vehicle will soon be put to rest.

And the company that’s at the forefront of this new tech is a solar racing team called Clenergy ‘Team Arrow’, which has a long history of competing in Australia’s World Solar Challenge and aims to be the first Australian company to manufacture and sell electric solar vehicles.

That’s why the Economic Development Queensland is granting the company access to the Eagle Farm site and workshop facilities at Macarthur Avenue in Brisbane.

Queensland Minister for Energy Mark Bailey said the Palaszczuk government is a strong advocate for renewable energy and a cleaner, greener energy future.

“Clenergy TeamArrow is one of the most successful Australian solar racing teams of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and I’m excited about this new innovation and design hub here in Brisbane,” Mr Bailey said.

Clenergy Team Arrow’s Cameron Tuesley said his company aims to be the first Australian company to manufacture and sell solar electric vehicles.

“We are proud to be working with energy partners such as Clenergy and Tritium to showcase Australian innovation, science and renewable energy technology to the world,” Mr Tuesley said.

Clenergy TeamArrow is also using the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge as a platform to launch the design of its ‘race’ version of its ‘Cruiser Class’ vehicle, which the government described as ‘sleek, hi-tech and aerodynamic’.

“What better stage to launch than the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge? Our ‘race’ version of our car of the future will also be the first road-registered solar vehicle to compete in the Challenge,” Mr Tuesley said.

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is the world’s foremost innovation challenge with teams from around the world vying to become the first to deliver sustainable powered electric vehicles.

Last year’s event in Darwin received 47 entries from 25 countries with 42 teams taking to the start line. The event had 1,500 participants and a global audience of about 25 million.

According to the state government, the event generated more than 400 industry partnerships across energy, automotive, engineering, financial, material sciences and ICT sectors.

- GovNew

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Top 10 electric and hybrid cars

Click the link HERE to see The Telegraph UK's top 10 electric and hybrid cars on the road today!

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I rode in Faraday Future’s FF91, the electric car powered by hubris

 

Ludicrously speedy or infectious with the slow-mo?

 

Sitting in the passenger seat of Faraday Future’s mythical FF91, I found myself clinging to the red strap that doubled as the door handle to keep from flying out the window. The car kicked up dust as it rail-gunned down the length of the giant tent where FF set up shop during CES in Las Vegas. As the electrically powered propulsion pushed me back into the bucket seat, I couldn’t help but let out an involuntary squeal as my brain tried and failed to process the speed. Holy shit, was that fast.

 

Read the full article here

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Porsche is building a stunning Tesla rival — here's everything you need to know

The Porsche Mission E was given the green light for production in 2015. Here you see the Mission E concept that Porsche unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, which gives us a hint of what will come in 2020. Click HERE to see exactly what the Mission E is all about and how it will dominate the EV market.

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CES 2017: Faraday Future shows 'Tesla beating' car