A Melbourne-based company is challenging the accepted narrative of doom and gloom in the Australian motor industry.
Automotive company Tomcar is at the forefront of a new era in Australian vehicle manufacturing, with the introduction of Australia’s first production electric car, the Tomcar LV1.
Designed and built in Australia, full scale production of the zero emissions Tomcar LV1 will commence in November 2016 at the Tomcar facility in Melbourne, with customer deliveries commencing February 2017.
The prototype Tomcar LV1 has already undergone two years of intense development, with trials of its electric powertrain currently underway in the harshest environments throughout Australia. Tomcar has teamed with innovative electric vehicle technology developers, Energetique, to develop the Tomcar LV1.
Tomcar Australia’s co-founder and CEO, David Brim says: ‘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. The entire vehicle is being developed here, including the unique proprietary software and the powertrain system design. This vehicle is a game changer for the Australian automotive manufacturing industry, an industry that has a bright future thanks to Tomcar.’
The LV1 is designed principally for the mining industry, with features that meet the duty cycle requirements of the various mining applications, in which these vehicles will operate. The design goal of the LV1 was simple – to develop a robust electric vehicle capable of operating reliably in some the most challenging environments for sustained periods, with little or no maintenance.
With over 60% Australian-made componentry, the Tomcar LV1 meets Australia’s world leading mine safety standards, providing a Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS), mobility solution for mines anywhere in the world. The Tomcar LV1’s zero emissions and ultra low running costs also represent huge safety and environmental savings for the industry.
E-motor Type: Brushless PM for low torque applications - max rpm - 8500 rpmPeak / Continuous Power: 100 kW (peak), 60 kW (Continuous)
Peak /Continuous Torque: 300 Nm (Peak), 150 nM (Continuous)
Operating voltage: 270-425 VDC
Gearing reduction including differential ratio: around 9:1 overall
Battery output voltage and capacity: A selection of 12-20 kWh battery storage modules
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