White Paper Urges Australian Auto Industry to Refocus on Electric Cars

An automotive industry-based roadmap says Australia could become a world authority on zero-emissions technology, writes Barry Park.

Published: 30-Sep-2009

Australia should become a world authority for a new generation of zero-emission vehicles by 2020, a roadmap spelling out the future of the automotive industry says.

The Co-operative Research Centre for Advanced Automotive Technology paper, released today, urges the Australian industry to shift its focus from traditional car-making to providing zero-emission technology for the world.

The call comes despite minimal electric vehicle expertise to date, with automotive powerhouses from Japan, Europe and the United States leading the electric charge.


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