Plug-in Com­modores put to test

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BE­LIEVE it or not an elec­tric ver­sion of Holden’s Com­modore is tak­ing part in Vic­to­ria’s Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Trial.

The car has been de­vel­oped by EV Engi­neer­ing, a con­sor­tium of au­to­mo­tive man­u­fac­tur­ers and com­po­nent sup­pli­ers that are in the process of de­vel­op­ing seven proof-of-con­cept elec­tric Com­modores. The cars will be driven by EV Engi­neer­ing staff throughout the trial.

EV Engi­neer­ing boss Ian McCleave said the news was a great ex­am­ple of gov­ern­ment and pri­vate en­ter­prise work­ing to­gether to achieve a com­mon goal.

“We are de­lighted to join the Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Trial, as the data col­lected will en­able us to an­a­lyse driv­ing pat­terns and user be­hav­iour, and com­pare the car’s per­for­mance to other ve­hi­cles in the trial,” Mr McCleave said. “A like-for-like com­par­i­son is a vi­tal way of un­der­stand­ing how we can im­prove and re­fine our proof-of-con­cept elec­tric ver­sions of one of Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar cars.”

Also join­ing the trial is a fleet of right-hand­drive Holden Volts.

The Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment’s Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Trial will run un­til mid-2014 and is de­signed to help Vic­to­ria to bet­ter un­der­stand the process, time lines and bar­ri­ers for mak­ing the tran­si­tion to elec­tric ve­hi­cle tech­nolo­gies.

Over the life of the trial, 180 house­holds and 60 fleets will ex­pe­ri­ence what it’s like to own an elec­tric ve­hi­cle. Ap­pli­ca­tions to par­tic­i­pate in the 2013 round of test­ing opens later this year. Elec­tric trial: EV Engi­neer­ing CEO Ian McCleave with an elec­tric Holden Com­modore tak­ing part in the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s trial.

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