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PHOTO CAPTION: Blade Electric is one of several EV options available in Australia.

Australia Charging Into Electric Car Future

Electric car options include locally-converted Blade, as well as small numbers of Mitsubishi i-MiEVs and a Chinese-produced Lujo.

Published: 17-Jan-2011

FROM an unassuming office in South Melbourne, Singaporean-Australian businessman William Tien plans to help write the next chapter of automotive history.

After a century of hopes and promises, electric cars are set finally to establish themselves as realistic alternatives to petrol-burning vehicles, and Mr Tien's Alpha company has licensed a unique silicon-based battery technology for a Chinese-built car, the Lujo.

Australians bought 1,035,574 motor vehicles last year, - up 10.5 per cent, or 98,246 vehicles, compared with 2009.

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