A company located in Melbourne's south east has answered a brief from the Australian Defence Force to design and build an electric off-road side-by-side buggy for use in combat.
EVolution worked with the Defence Science & Technology Group to develop the buggy – which it's calling the e-ATV – creating a near-silent utility vehicle to help transport troops quickly and with minimal detection.
All-wheel-drive capability comes from dual 10kW electric motors are fitted to the independent front wheels, while a 50kW electric motor drives the rear axle – all powered by a 24kWh battery pack. Top speed is claimed at 60km/h.
EVolution says the e-ATV has a range of up to 200km, and can be charged from either a standard wall socket or a dedicated electric vehicle (EV) charger.
The electric buggy can also be used as a portable generator, offering an alternative power source if a diesel generator is out of action.
To help navigate terrain, the e-ATV comes with hill descent control, and can be geared for rock crawling.
EVolution owner and director Russ Shepherd said the design of the vehicle is unlike any other buggy on the market, as the development team sought to meet the requirements of the ADF.
"The e-ATV has been a challenging and highly experimental project that fulfills the client brief of enhanced survivability, while providing insight into the decarbonisation and deployment of electric defence vehicles as the transition to low-emission transport gathers pace," Mr Shepherd said.