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Varley: Electric Supercar From Australia

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On: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 5:30PM | By: Chris Weiss

Varley: Electric Supercar From Australia

Well, it's been at least two days since we covered a new, vaporous supercar from an unknown brand, so you know what that means: there's another vaporous supercar from an unknown brand to report on. This time, it's an all-electric supercar from Australia—only slightly more believable than an all-electric supercar from Croatia.

The evR450 is an electric sports car prototype from Australia's Varley Electric Vehicles. Varley is calling it Australia's first electric supercar, a title that we're confident it earns, since we're aware of only one other Australian supercar, and that's gas powered. While Varley has plenty of electrical design and engineering experience, this is its first sports car.

Not quite as all-out over-the-top as the 1,000-hp Rimac Concept One, but plenty capable in its own right, the evR450 pulls a rumored 400 hp from two electric motors powered by lithium-ion batteries. Speculated numbers include a 3.8-second run to 62 mph and a self-imposed 124 mph top speed. Varley is aiming for around 90 miles of range and 186 miles with optional range-extending battery pack.

In addition to getting plenty of power and all kinds of torque from the two electric motors, Varley ensures solid performance with a lightweight build full of carbon fiber and light components.

Interestingly, the technology behind the Varley was reportedly developed entirely in Australia. The motors were built with the help of Aussie company Ultramotive.

The evR450 prototype has been rolled out for the 2011 Australia Electric Vehicles Conference, which is going on this week in Brisbane. Word is that Varley wants to get the production version to market by next year with a starting price under AU $200,000. But like so many other supercar prototypes from small, no-name manufacturers, you can't really believe that until it happens.

Press Release

Unveiling Australia's first electric supercar at Australia Electric Vehicles Conference 2011, 26 October, Brisbane.

In its world-first appearance, a full electric supercar based on Australian technology will be unveiled at the 3rd edition of Australia Electric Vehicle Conference on 26 October 2011 at the Sebel & Citigate Hotel, Brisbane.

This Supercar called is manufactured by Varley Electric Vehicles, a Brisbane-based division of the Varley Group, a privately owned Australian company with a strong history in engineering, new technologies and specialised electric vehicles amongst others.

The will be displayed at the conference while its official market release is planned for early 2012. "You could expect seeing our driving on Queensland roads as early as January 2012" said John Bettini, Varley Electric Vehicles division manager. "We are proud of its technology based on Varley's long experience in electric vehicles and our close relationship with Tritium and Ultramotive, two other local technology companies".

Early indications of the performance are impressive:

· Calculated acceleration: from 0 to 100km/h in 3.8s

· Top speed: 200km/h (electronically limited)

· Range: 150km in its standard version, 300km with a range-extension pack (more batteries)

· Estimate retail price: below $200,000

About Varley Electric Vehicles :

Part of the Varley Group headquartered in the Hunter, Varley Electric Vehicles division is based in Brisbane. The Varley Group of Companies has been established for 125 years and is one of the oldest firms in the Hunter. The company has developed an extensive depth of knowledge and experience across a wide diversity of light and heavy engineering activities. Varley currently employ over 600 personnel in Australia, with numerous workshops located at Tomago, Carrington, Eraring, Melbourne, Ballarat, Virginia Brisbane, and Jakarta Indonesia.

Varley has an embedded innovative culture and an advanced skill base allowing it to compete against global companies in areas such as military aerospace, defence product development, innovative specialised vehicles, new technologies, electric vehicles and cost effective procedures to refurbish worn operating asset.

About the Australia Electric Vehicle Conference:

The Australia Electric Vehicle Conference is the national conference on EV's, running its 3rd edition this year. It focuses not just on EV's and their market introduction but as importantly on their impact onto the electricity supply, the provision of charging infrastructures, the development of policies, economics and the role EV's in a transition to greener transports.

The opening address will be delivered by Queensland Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Vicky Darling MP and will also feature key speakers such as Energex' CEO, Terry Effeney, ChargePoint's CEO James Brown or Adam Bandt, Greens' Federal MP for Melbourne, and is expected to attract over 200 industry leading experts . See the full program at http://www.evconference.com.au/program.



Stephy21 | 10:06AM (Fri, Nov 4, 2011)

This super car from Australia looks to be very promising. It's good to know that some manufactures are trying to go green with electric super cars.

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