PHOTO CAPTION: Evan Thornley. Photo credit: The Age

Australian Dot Com Mogul Thornley Joins Electric Car Venture

FORMER dotcom mogul and ministerial hopeful Evan Thornley has apologised to his enraged ALP colleagues but says he does not regret his sudden shift to the private sector, citing the immense potential of electric cars.

Published: 21-Jan-2009

Evan Thornley -- whose decision on December 28 stunned the political establishment -- admitted he was approached to head electric car venture Better Place last June but denied any conflict of interest with his role as parliamentary secretary for innovation.

In an interview with The Australian yesterday, Mr Thornley said it was not certain he would enter the ministry and that leading Better Place was the better of two uncertain propositions.

"It was far from clear to me how this was going to play out," he said. "People can say something is happening and six hours later someone has talked to someone else and something else is happening."


The company is working with a number of vehicle manufacturers on the development of batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles and expects more announcements like this one to come.

With seating up of four people who use all the large muscle groups, the car can easily cruise at speeds of up to 20 mph.

ZAP is hoping to keep the MSRP at $30,000 for the Alias three-wheeler pictured here.


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