Plug-in Commodores put to test
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.