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The Fiat 500e looks the part, and it’s great fun to drive.

Why the all-electric Fiat 500e will win your heart but not your mind

It feels nippy, looks cute and is gorgeously styled, with a touch of Fellini about it. But all this charm doesn’t come cheap.

  • Tony Davis


EV owners are benefitting from the Commonwealth’s exemption from fringe benefits tax, cash subsidies from state governments, and discounts on stamp duty and registration fees

All roads lead to a tax shake up after EV ruling

The High Court’s decision banning Victoria’s electric vehicle tax has parallels to how the GST came about.

  • John Kehoe

This Month

After slow start, EV sales pick up speed

The recent jump in sales of electric vehicles comes before the full effects of new lower-cost Chinese models for less than $40,000 are felt.

  • Tony Davis

The new $80,000 Mazda CX-60 bucks the EV trend

It has the convenience of a petrol engine or a battery, depending on your needs, but most drivers now prefer a fully electric vehicle.

  • Tony Davis

The longer Chalmers leaves it, the harder EV charging will be to fix

What are the Greens going to demand be spent when the fuel excise runs out? And do they not realise that just because a car is battery powered, it will still need a road?

  • Phillip Coorey
A woman holds a cable to charge up a Renault Kangoo ZE electric utility vehicle at a Renault automobile dealership in Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France.

States demand federal fix to EV tax chaos

The Albanese government is under pressure from the states and territories to resolve a wide-reaching tax problem, following a High Court ruling.

  • Ronald Mizen and Tom McIlroy
The current High Court bench: (from left) Jacqueline Gleeson,  James Edelman, Stephen Gageler, Chief Justice Susan Kiefel, Michelle Gordon, Simon Steward and Jayne Jagot.

Why the EV decision is a bad sign for High Court

There were five different judgments from the seven justices, suggesting retiring Chief Justice Susan Kiefel’s push for them to work more closely may be in vain.

  • Michael Pelly
The Tesla Cybertruck pricing will be revealed next month.

Musk reveals Cybertruck delivery date

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed Cybertruck electric pickup truck deliveries would begin next month.

  • Akash Sriram, Hyunjoo Jin and Joseph White

No matter who collects EV revenue, we have to charge smartly

EVs are clean, cheap to run, and could encourage more driving. That will be a test for state governments, which can no longer set road user charges.

  • Marion Terrill
Electric vehicle owner Chris Vanderstock has successfully taken the Victorian government to the High Court.

High Court’s EV decision threatens state taxes

Lawyers say the ramifications of the decision are ‘monstrous’ and could trigger a shake-up in federal-state relations.

  • Michael Pelly
Andrew Forrest tests a hydrogen-powered car prototype at his new WAE facility in Oxford.

Andrew Forrest, motorsports mogul, revs up his British business

The Fortescue boss is using the intense competition of motor-racing to drive technical innovation at his mines. Just don’t expect to see him trackside.

  • Hans van Leeuwen
TrueGreen last fronted investors in March.

EV bus outfit TrueGreen Mobility preps $100m raise; MA Moelis mandated

Preparations for the capital markets trip come 2½ months after it acquired coach charter company North Sydney Bus Charters.

  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport
Evie Networks CEO Chris Mills with an electric vehicle at one of its charging station.

Trevor St Baker-backed Evie Networks powers up for deal; UBS mandated

The energy industry big-wig has been Evie’s financial backbone, having tipped in $100 million over its lifetime. 

  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport
A Tesla Model 3. After a federal EV incentive and fuel savings, its cost of ownership is now on par with a 2024 Toyota Corolla.

Tesla is having to slash prices due to Musk’s politics, says fundie

The cuts to shift stockpiles mean the company’s cars now rival cheap petrol vehicles, but they could cost it $US1.2 billion a year, says at least one investor.

  • Tom Randall
Rich Lister Nick Politis is the largest shareholder in car dealership group Eagers Automotive.

Rich Lister Nick Politis in $245m sale of BMW, Mercedes dealerships

The Sydney Roosters chairman owns 27.6 per cent of ASX-listed Eagers Automotive, which is buying Victorian car dealerships from him.

  • Simon Evans
Head of product Daniel Guzzafame with the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale 2023. There will be more such “halo cars”.

Alfa Romeo to up its output, including an EV

The brand tips a limited-edition “halo car” every few years in addition to mainstream models, and electric vehicles from 2025.

  • Tony Davis
Nio employs 11,000 people in research and development, but sells a mere 8000 cars per month.

This Chinese EV maker just lost $1.3b. It doesn’t care

Nio and other companies in China’s sprawling electric car sector have formidable government backing that allows them to withstand such losses and keep growing.

  • Keith Bradsher

Mercedes’ latest electric SUV should happily outsell its sedan sibling

Australians love an extra-big hatch, interior space and a bit of height in a car. The Mercedes-AMG EQE electric SUV delivers on all.

  • Tony Davis
A Tesla Model 3 at the Munich Motor Show last month.

China’s BYD set to snatch Tesla’s global EV crown

Elon Musk’s carmaker shipped fewer electric vehicles than expected in the latest quarter, though it held fast to its 2023 target of 1.8 million.

  • Danny Lee
Rob Chapman says his AHJoinery  business in Woonona chalked up savings of $19,411 from a solar power system.

How households can rescue the energy transition

Market rules don’t make it easy for customers to get the most out of their solar panels and batteries, but some still find a way.

  • Ben Potter