With petrol prices taking a bite out of
almost everyone’s wallets and addressing
climate change is one of the most
pressing issues being faced, Blade Electric
Vehicles (BEV) has developed a bold plan
for Australia to kick the petrol habit.
In his workshop in Harcourt, BEV’s
Managing Director Ross Blade, a former
Sydney teacher is thinking ahead. At
a time when electric cars are enjoying
resurgent interest, after years of
allegations their development was “killed”
for commercial reasons, BEV now has
a growing number of ‘Electrons’ in the
hands of happy customers.
Blade says he came into the industry after
researching alternative fuels in the wake
of the Iraq war. “I’m not a tree-hugger, I
don’t have a great love of cars, or electric
cars for that matter,” he says. “It really was
a research-based business decision.”
While Blade says the electric car remains a
niche vehicle, the expected development of
batteries such as zinc-air, with five times the
energy density of lithium, mean the potential
is “huge”, not only for zero-emission cars, but
for “vehicle to grid” power generation.
BEV’s Electron car runs on lithium iron
phosphate batteries in the chassis of a
Hyundai Getz. The batteries are in two tanks,
which have been created through a simple
modification of the floor pan.
Components that are removed from the base
vehicle prior to installation of the batteries
and electric drive train include the engine,
radiator and exhaust system.
For a standard 10amp power point charging
takes nine hours. A 15amp point gives it
seven hours and charge time can be reduced
to one hour using 3 phase power.
The ‘Electron’ is targeted at government and
corporate fleets that travel short commuter
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