The world’s first car powered by electricity has been unveiled by the world’s biggest automaker, Australia’s biggest carmaker and the country’s biggest electric vehicle manufacturer.
Key points:The car, powered by a battery pack, uses diesel fuelThe vehicle’s fuel-cell system uses a hybrid motor to produce electricityThe car is expected to go on sale later this yearElectric cars can be sold in Australia for around $300,000 ($460,000) and are being developed by some of the world\’s biggest carmakers.
The car uses a petrol engine to produce its electricity and is expected for a late 2018 launch.
“This is a significant milestone for Australia in the world of electric vehicles,” said Tim Hunt, CEO of the National Automobile Manufacturers Association.
“The first electric car is the first ever for the market to have an Australian manufacturer in the lead.”
Our goal is to see more EVs come to Australia, and we are confident that the first one will come to fruition.
“The vehicle has been built using an old steel and aluminium battery pack that can be used in a range of models from a hatchback to a sport utility vehicle.
It will be powered with a fuel-cells system which uses a battery, solar panels and a hybrid drivetrain.
The vehicle will go on public roads in the next few months, and will be offered as a two-seater with the option to have both in the rear.
It is expected that the vehicle will be sold for around about $300k.
It also has a range-extender that will allow it to travel up to 150km from its base in Victoria, as well as the option of going on public highways in the future.
The first vehicles to come on the market in Australia are not yet ready for commercial use, but have been made by some electric car makers such as BMW, Ford and Volkswagen.
It has also been revealed that the car will have a range that is three times that of the average car, which is a figure that would be impossible for an ordinary petrol-powered car.
Mr Hunt said the first electric vehicles would be sold to the public at a price point that would help the country\’s economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
If we can get our economy to a level where we\’re not burning coal to power cars, we\’ll be able to cut emissions by 80 per cent and reduce the cost of doing business by 30 per cent,” he said.”
We\’ll also have a much more efficient energy supply.
“Electric vehicles are also an alternative to fossil fuels, which are an increasingly costly alternative.”
The Australian Automobile Association said that it would not be able make a commitment to buy an EV until it had fully researched the car and had developed a manufacturing system.
“There is no indication that the government has the funds to invest in a full-scale EV manufacturing capability for the foreseeable future,” the group said.
The Government has already committed $2.5 billion towards building a battery system to supply electricity to the car, but the government is still in the early stages of funding the project.