Melbourne-based Tomcar has unveiled its entry into the largely untapped market of locally-developed electric vehicles.
Dubbed LV1, the zero-emission vehicle was designed locally and is being built with Australia’s tough mining environment in mind.
The LV1 has been in development for the past two years in collaboration with EV technology developers Energetique and is slated to begin full-scale production this November, with deliveries to start in February 2017.
‘We have been working with Energetique on this project for over a year, keeping it secret while creating the world’s toughest EV – to be built right here in Australia,” Tomcar Australia’s co-founder and CEO, David Brim said.
“The entire vehicle is being developed here, including the unique proprietary software and our incredible powertrain system design.
Powered by a series of 12-20kWh batteries, the vehicle’s electric motor provides a peak power output of 100kW (60kW continuous) and maximum torque of 300Nm (150Nm continuous).
According to the manufacturer, 60 per cent of the vehicle is comprised of locally-made parts and meets Australia’s stringent mine safety standards.
From the onset, the company’s goal was to create a vehicle that would stand up to ‘the most challenging environments for sustained periods, with little or no maintenance’.
Tomcar says the LV1 provides a ‘commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) mobility solution for mines anywhere in the world’.
Though the LV1 is not destined for Australian roads, it could help to pave the way for future EVs to be born and bred locally.