Yard full of en­gines

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News -

BLADE Elec­tric Ve­hi­cles has a cou­ple of con­tainer loads of dis­carded Hyundai petrol en­gines in the back­yard.

Ross Blade says they will be used even­tu­ally as ‘‘tri-gen­er­a­tion gas gen­er­a­tors’’ for heat­ing or cool­ing but ‘‘right now we have our hands full man­u­fac­tur­ing elec­tric cars,’’ he says.

Blade buys petrolpow­ered cars di­rectly from Hyundai Mo­tor Com­pany Aus­tralia.

‘‘Why do we bring them in with a petrol mo­tor? Be­cause it’s ex­pen­sive to push a car body on and off a ship,’’ he says.

Blade re­moves the ex­haust sys­tem, fuel tank, en­gine and gear­box be­fore in­stalling an AC syn­chro­nous elec­tric mo­tor, Azure Dy­nam­ics driv­e­train, lithium ion phos­phate bat­tery and man­age­ment sys­tem.

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