Local suppliers collaborate to make electric Commodore

A new Australian company, EV Engineering, has embarked on the task of developing an all-electric version of the Holden Commodore. The current end goal isn't production, but rather seven proof-of-concept vehicles.

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A new Australian company, EV Engineering, has embarked on the task of developing an all-electric version of the Holden Commodore. The current end goal isn't production, but rather seven proof-of-concept vehicles.

The seven cars are due to be completed by June 2012 and will, according to the company, show how feasible (or not) a large electric family sedan is, what drivetrain technology might be used and gauge public feedback. Drivetrain details, such as battery type, capacity, power and range, will be revealed at a later stage.

Although the engineering team and company board is dominated by ex-Holden staff, the new company is actually a collaboration between local parts suppliers Air International, Bosch, Continental and Futuris. Also involved is Better Place Australia, which is currently looking to build out electric car charging point infrastructure, as well as set-up a network of battery swapping stations.

Via the Federal Government's Green Car Innovation Fund, AU$3.55 million of public money is being injected into the project.

World's Greatest Pies and Commodore SS-V
Goodbye V8 rumble, hello electric whirr! (Credit: Derek Fung/CNET Australia)
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