Electric Car Debate Comes to Australia

Blade Electric Vehicles can be charged by 240 volts, in any regular power source, and reach 110 kilometres per hour or 90 kilometres per hour a smaller vehicle, costing $49,000AUD.

Published: 31-Jul-2007

AS the federal election looms large so, too, does the reduction of the carbon footprint, making its debut on every candidate's agenda.

The electric car is only one example of an alternative form of transport starting to garner support in central Victoria, Blade Electric Vehicles chief executive officer Ross Blade said yesterday.

"Zero emission vehicles have something to offer," Mr Blade said.


Pasadena ordered to return its 11 Nissan Hypermini battery electric cars after carmaker refuses to renew leases.

Siemens VDO engineers are working on plans to integrate the drivetrain, steering, shock absorbers and brakes directly into the wheels of future cars.

Called the Xebra, the new vehicle has three wheels instead of four, weighs under 1,000 pounds and can seat four. It travels up to 40 miles on one charge, and whirs along at up to 40 mph.


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