The Project Description
Fully-electric Large Passenger demonstration vehicles
Members of the consortium delivering the project include Air International, Futuris and Axiflux with previous contributions from the electric vehicle charge network operator Better Place, and major automotive component suppliers Bosch, Continental, GE, and with support for the project from CSIRO.
The project completed 7 fully-electric vehicles in 2012 based on the locally manufactured Holden Commodore as proof-of-concept, to demonstrate the technical viability and attractiveness to customers of a large EV. If successful the project will allow technologies to be considered for possible future mass production.
The next phase of the project is to integrate the Axiflux electric motor technology into the vehicles and leverage this locally made powertrain solution to provide consulting services and innovative new products to the global EV market.
Project Goals include:
(1) Deliver zero emissions motoring when powered by renewable electricity and greater than 30% reduction in CO2 emissions when powered on grid average electricity.
(2) Deliver the same high standards of safety and feature available in this class of vehicle while delivering comparable performance.
(3) Develop electric vehicle engineering skills and components within the Australian supplier industry for potential export to car makers globally, with opportunities including electronic motor technology, thermal management systems and battery pack design.