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Electric Vehicle Bonanza: The Most Anticipated EVs Headed to Australia in 2024

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Electric Vehicle Bonanza: The Most Anticipated EVs Headed to Australia in 2024

 

Electric vehicles (EVs) are set to make a splash in the Australian automotive market, with several highly anticipated models poised to grace our shores in 2024. Key players such as Tesla, BYD, Toyota, and other leading automakers are preparing to unveil their cutting-edge electric offerings, marking a significant leap forward in Australia’s EVs landscape.

The Evolution of EV Options in Australia

From a scarcity of options just a few years back to an impressive line-up of around 50 models today, the surge in choices for Australian electric car enthusiasts is undeniable. The evolving market promises an exciting array of electric vehicles catering to diverse preferences and needs.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the most anticipated EVs slated for an Australian debut soon.

BYD Seal U

Aiming for a March or April 2024 launch, the BYD Seal U, a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid, stands as a formidable contender to the Toyota RAV4 hybrid. With considerations for an all-electric variant down the line, it eyes a compelling rivalry with the Tesla Model Y. Its substantial build, measuring 4785mm long, 1890mm wide, and 1660mm tall, positions it as a larger alternative to the RAV4, though not in height. In its plug-in hybrid form in China, it boasts a combined power of around 200kW and a range of up to 150km. Meanwhile, its European electric version launched with a 168kW single e-motor, promising a staggering range of up to 500km.

BYD Seal U

BYD Seal U

BYD Ute

The anticipated BYD Ute, another offering from the Chinese giant, remains nameless for now. Set to arrive as a plug-in hybrid by late 2024, followed by an all-electric variant a year later, it aims to capture the essence of Australian ute buyers’ preferences. Engineered with a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine and dual e-motors, it targets a commendable 100km of pure electric range and an impressive 1000km with a full battery and fuel tank.

BYD Ute

BYD Ute

Jeep Avenger

In a surprising shift from its rugged 4×4 identity, Jeep introduces the Jeep Avenger – a compact SUV focusing on urban conquests rather than off-road escapades. Expected in Australia by the latter half of 2024, this model, powered by a single e-motor, aims for urban challenges rather than conquering rough terrains. Anticipated features include a 400km range and DC fast-charging capability up to 100kW.

Jeep Avenger

Jeep Avenger

Hyundai Kona EV

Scheduled for a late November debut, the second generation of the Hyundai Kona Electric promises to enhance the existing Kona line-up. Developed primarily as an EV and later adapted for internal combustion drivetrains, it positions itself as a family-oriented compact SUV. Offering two powertrains and battery choices, the larger variant boasts an impressive 500km range between charges.

Hyundai Kona EV

Hyundai Kona EV

Kia EV5

The forthcoming medium five-seat EV5 from Kia is anticipated to enter the market around 2024, targeting a starting bracket of approximately $60,000. Positioned against prominent models like the Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Ioniq 5, it plans to offer a range of about 530km for its entry-level version, with a dual-motor variant expected to trade some range for enhanced power.

Kia EV5

Kia EV5

MG Cyberster

Revisiting its sports car legacy, MG introduces the MG Cyberster convertible sports car, slated for a late 2024 release. With an anticipated power output of 400kW and acceleration from 0-100km/h in a blistering 2.6 seconds, it aligns itself with the performance territory of the Porsche Taycan. Priced around $100,000, it aims to deliver premium performance at a competitive value.

MG Cyberster

MG Cyberster

Nissan Ariya

The Nissan Ariya, long-awaited in the Australian market, eyes a 2024 launch. Offered in various powertrain configurations, including front-wheel and all-wheel drive options, it presents a range of up to 536km. Positioned in the $60,000-$70,000 band, it aims to compete with stalwarts like the Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Nissan Ariya EVs

Nissan Ariya

Polestar 4

Expected to follow the Polestar 3’s mid-2024 debut, the Polestar 4 emerges as a sleek mid-size SUV. With a starting price around $80,000-$90,000, it competes with top-tier rivals like the BMW iX3 and Audi Q4 e-tron. Offering single or dual-motor drivetrain options powered by a 102kWh lithium-ion battery, it touts a claimed range of 600km.

Polestar 4 EVs

Polestar 4

Tesla Model 3

The much-anticipated 2024 Tesla Model 3 update arrives in early 2024, showcasing enhanced aerodynamics, mechanical upgrades, and revamped technology. Featuring a more aerodynamic design and an all-new operating system for its 15.4-inch touchscreen, the Model 3 introduces several improvements while retaining its quintessential elements.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Toyota bZ4X

Finally, the Toyota bZ4X, arriving in February 2024, marks Toyota’s foray into the medium SUV EV segment. Offering familiar powertrain and range characteristics, its mid-size SUV presence from a market giant like Toyota creates significant anticipation.

Toyota bZ4X EVs

Toyota bZ4X

As these EVs gear up for their Australian debut, anticipation mounts, offering enthusiasts an enticing glimpse into the electric future of the automotive world.

 

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GOLD COAST AIRPORTS ONGOING SUPPORT FOR FEMALE RUGBY LEAUGE

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GOLD COAST AIRPORTS ONGOING SUPPORT FOR FEMALE RUGBY LEAUGE

 

The collaboration between the Tweed Seagulls Women’s team and Gold Coast Airport has been a cornerstone of the team’s identity since its inception in 2019. Gold Coast Airport has proudly held the front-of-jersey naming rights sponsorship for the team since they joined the QRL statewide competition, and this partnership has evolved into a mutually beneficial alliance.

In anticipation of the 2024 BMD Premiership season, Gold Coast Airport and the Tweed Seagulls Women’s Team have announced the extension of their valuable partnership. Gold Coast Airport (GCA) played a pivotal role as the founding sponsor, igniting the Tweed Seagulls’ mission to promote female rugby league in our region. Six years on, their commitment to this cause remains steadfast, contributing to the sport’s rapid growth in female participation.

Built upon shared values and a vision to empower local female athletes, the partnership provides a platform for them to excel both on and off the field.

Brendon Lindsay, CEO of Tweed Seagulls, eagerly welcomed the return of Gold Coast Airport as the team’s major sponsor for the 2024 BMD season, expressing gratitude for their unwavering support over the past six years. Lindsay looks forward to nurturing this enduring partnership in the years to come.

Gold Coast Airport and Tweed Seagulls

left to right: Jasmin Morrissey – BMD Cup player: Brian McGuckin – Chief Property & Planning Officer Queensland Airports: Brendon Lindsay – CEO Tweed Seagulls: Tarryn Aiken – BMD Cup player and Australian Jillaroo

Brian McGuckin, Chief Property and Planning Officer of Queensland Airports Limited, echoed this sentiment, expressing GCA’s delight in renewing this significant partnership with Tweed Seagulls. He emphasised GCA’s longstanding commitment to supporting women in sports, a cause they have championed for years.

The participation of Australian Jillaroo legend Tarryn Aiken and Australian PM XIII star Jasmin Morrissey, both part of the Tweed Seagulls lineup for the 2024 BMD Cup, created excitement at the season’s kickoff.

Beyond business ties, the partnership between Tweed Seagulls and GCA extends into the community, advocating for inclusion and diversity. Both organisations are dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for individuals from all backgrounds and promoting equal opportunities.

A portion of Gold Coast Airport’s sponsorship is allocated to the Tom Searle Scholarship, supporting young athletes in their academic or professional endeavours. By endorsing this scholarship, GCA reaffirms its commitment to nurturing local talent and enhancing the community’s well-being. The recipients of the Tom Searle Scholarship will be announced at the 2024 Ladies Leaders in League Breakfast, scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th.

 

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Harwood tighten grip on minor premiership

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Aiden Tredinnick doesn't mind launching the ball to and over the boundary and has a licence to thrill when he resumes batting on 14no on Saturday.

Harwood tighten grip on minor premiership

 

By Tim Howard

Harwood looks to be in a prime position to snare the minor premiership in its first year back in the Clarence River first grade cricket competition.

After rolling Tucabia Copmanhurst for just 109, Harwood replied to be 1/60 at the end of day one at Harwood Oval.

In contrast its closest rival, Lawrence, has a contest on its hands against reigning premiers GDSC Easts, which racked up 6/196 from just 50 overs.

Tucabia’s modest 109 could have been worse except for innings of 37no from veteran Matt Pigg and 24 from Travis Anderson.

Dean Carroll, who smote 260no before Christmas for Harwood’s Lower Clarence first grade team, showed his talent with the ball opening the bowling and snaring 3/30.

He made two early breakthroughs and returned later to pick up the dangerous Matt Dougherty for 11.

Brothers Ben and Jacob McMahon picked up a pair of wickets as did the other opening bowler Troy Turner.

At 1/60 and with a wealth of batting in the sheds Harwood need only to snare first innings points to take the minor premiership.

Opener Maison Simmons is unbeaten on 29 and Coby Tabor is with him on 15no when play resumes on Saturday.

Lawrence, the only team to keep pace with the front runners this season, seem certain to take second spot.

They are in a battle with Easts at Lower Fisher Turf, Grafton.

Aiden Tredinnick doesn't mind launching the ball to and over the boundary and has a licence to thrill when he resumes batting on 14no on Saturday.

Aiden Tredinnick doesn’t mind launching the ball to and over the boundary and has a licence to thrill when he resumes batting on 14no on Saturday.

After a lean couple of games with the bat Easts all rounder Shannon Connor found form on Saturday with 70 from 92 balls.

His innings with five fours and a six was relatively sedate compared to his usual fireworks and has put his team in a highly competitive position going into day two.

Sean Walters with 36, Tom Gerrard, 24 and Matt Lobsey, with 20, all helped get the total competitive before players were forced to leave the field due to lightning and rain delays.

Big hitting Aiden Tredinnick is at the crease on 14no with Ted Lobsey, also on 14no.

They will be looking to get their score well past 200 and give their bowlers a formidable target to defend.

At Ellem Oval Souths Westlawn and Coutts Crossing also had to contend with the storm that hit Grafton on Saturday, with Coutts racking up 6/143 on the back of a stylish 72 from Lewis Chevalley.

Souths Westlawn legspinning all-rounder Brenden Cotton was the best of the bowlers with four wickets for 29 runs.

Chevalley and opening bat Tim Tilse 26, combined for an 88-run first wicket partnership that ended when Cotten bowled Tilse.

Four more wickets tumbled for the addition of 30 runs.

Coutts will have 11 overs to build on their total, although South Westlawn’s indifferent form with the bat in recent games might suggest they are in a comfortable position.

 

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Supporting Seniors Amid the Transition to a Cashless Society

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Supporting Seniors Amid the Transition to a Cashless Society

 

As the prevalence of cashless transactions continues to rise, concerns about the impact on seniors and their ability to access essential services have come to the forefront. While banknotes remain legal tender, the increasing preference for card or mobile payments by businesses poses challenges for older Australians, who may rely heavily on cash for their day-to-day transactions.

The recent incident involving Queensland Federal Member, Bob Katter, highlights the frustration faced by many seniors when attempting to use cash for purchases, only to be met with resistance from establishments that accept only electronic payments. This trend towards cashless transactions has been exacerbated by factors such as the shift towards online shopping during the pandemic and the closure of bank branches and ATMs.

For seniors, the transition to a cashless society presents significant challenges. Many may not have access to mobile phones or may lack the necessary technological skills to navigate electronic payment systems. Concerns about additional fees associated with card payments, as well as the potential for power outages disrupting digital transactions, further compound these challenges.

Supporting Seniors Amid the Transition to a Cashless Society

As the prevalence of cashless transactions continues to rise, concerns about the impact on seniors and their ability to access essential services have come to the forefront

While businesses have the right to specify their preferred payment methods, it is essential that consumers are informed of these terms and conditions before making a purchase. However, it is equally important for businesses to consider the needs of all customers, including those who prefer or rely on cash for their transactions.

Looking ahead, the transition to a cashless society may continue to accelerate, with some experts predicting its completion by the end of the decade. However, this does not mean that cash will become obsolete entirely. Instead, it is essential to strike a balance between digital and cash payments, ensuring that all individuals have access to the payment methods that best suit their needs.

In supporting seniors during this transition, it is crucial for Australians to “pay it forward” by using cash where possible, thereby sending a message to government, banks, and businesses that cash remains a vital form of payment. Additionally, businesses should prioritize customer service and support initiatives aimed at increasing digital literacy among older Australians, such as the Be Connected Program.

By working together to address the challenges posed by the transition to a cashless society, we can ensure that all Australians, including seniors, have access to the payment methods and support services they need to navigate an increasingly digital world.

For more information and support, visit the Be Connected Program website.

 

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