Holden contemplates electric car project

Holden is considering manufacturing electric cars at its Elizabeth plant, but has no official plan to do so.

The ABC reports that the proposal may involve the Federal Government, Holden and EV Engineering, the latter (a joint venture between Air International, Futuris, GE, Better Place and Continental) of which is currently trialling the electric version of the Commodore.

A spokesperson for Holden told News Limited Network that reports of an electric car plan for Elizabeth were “speculative” and “we continue to be supportive of the program and will review any proposed next steps”.

John Camillo, the AMWU state secretary in South Australia, said that an electric vehicle would be good news.

"If there was an electric vehicle produced at Elizabeth, that's what people want is to move away from petrol-powered vehicles,” he said.

“If it's electric, cheap and mass-produced, there's a future there and that would be good for Holden.”

Holden announced last week that it would be ceasing production at Elizabeth over the holidays, with slow sales blamed.