Electric Vehicles recharge Australian manufacturing

Australian Clean Energy Electric Vehicle Group (ACE-EV) will begin assembling carbon fibre composite and plastic electric vans at the Aldom manufacturing plant in Wingfield, Adelaide.

ACE-EV managing director Greg McGarvie said he was determined to bring the electric vehicle industry to Australia.

McGarvie said the company has orders for more than 100 electric deliver vans to be assembled at the plant and hopes to develop more than 15000 vehicles by 2025.

According to the press release ACE-EV would employ between 10 to 18 people in the plants first year and use up to 3000 square meters of Aldom Motor Body Builders’ 12,000-square-metre facility. Aldom also designs and manufactures customer commercial vehicles.

“South Australia will be the first in Australia to manufacture electric vehicles,” said McGarvie. “We’ve been working on this for four years.”

McGarvie said the vehicles would mainly sell on the airport market and aim to use local suppliers.

McGarvie told InDaily he believes electric vehicles could be fitted with green number plates and given priority road access – such as being able to use bus lanes, or exclusively electric vehicle lanes.

“It’s low-cost to the government, but very beneficial to the environment,” he said.

Scott Bachelor, Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union South Australia assistant secretary, said his union welcomed “any new entrant seeking to restart the car industry, create jobs and utilise the skills and experience of South Australian vehicle builders.”

“Electric vehicles are fast becoming the technology of the future and South Australian workers are ready for the challenge,” said Bachelor.