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The Northern Territory news Sat 6 Nov 2010

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Title

The Northern Territory news Sat 6 Nov 2010

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2010-11-06

Description

This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.

Language

English

Subject

Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/225281

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/681259

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www.ntnews.com.au CARSguide NT NEWS. 11 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 6 -N O V -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 3 1 1 C O L O R : C M Y K 1300 654 142 www.polarisindustries.com.au PRECISION MOTORCYCLES 2 BERRIMAH ROAD, BERRIMAH 0828. PH: 08 8984 4876 #Conditions apply. See www.polarisindustries.com.au for details. Offer ends 31/12/10 or while stocks last at participating Australian Polaris dealers. Excludes Fleet Buyers. Not valid with any other offer (except 2010 Ranger 500). BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE # For a limited time only, when you purchase a new Polaris ATV 549cc & above or Ranger 498cc & above at a participating dealer, youll get an Outlaw 50 (value $2,395) for the kids FREE! If you dont want the Outlaw 50, take $2,395 off the price of any additional new Polaris vehicle# # NOTHING RIDES LIKE A M G 1 9 0 6 2 3 ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l CARS GUIDE Electric car no shock By MARK HINCHLIFFE YOUR first electric car could be a converted current petrol model Mitsubishi Lancer. One Brisbane company plans to begin selling the converted new cars next year from $48,990. Deep Green Research (DGR) director Michael Gutteridge says the cars will be more affordable than a Prius hybrid luxury model with cheaper running costs and better performance. They will come with a reversing camera, parking sensors, GPS, Bluetooth capability, five-star crash rating, five-year warranty and a swappable battery that snaps in and out and costs about the same as a swap-and-go gas bottle. Gutteridge even hopes to compete in the Bathurst 12-hour race with a highperformance production model based on a Lancer Evo and costing $115,990. Well have our own financial and insurance packages, he says. We want to make it as easy as possible to own an electric car. Gutteridge, a former senior scientist in the Queensland resources and mines department, is raising up to $1.5m in capital to begin manufacturing motors and battery boxes, and converting the Lancers in the middle of next year. He expects to make about 100 in the first full year, doubling every year and returning pre-tax profit of $40m after five years with a staff of about 30. Our market survey shows we will have a line-up for cars, he says. Gutteridge is not yet releasing the name for the new electric vehicles. The small but blossoming Brisbane electric conversion industry began on the back of the University of Queenslands 10-year solar car program. Those UQ electrical engineering students formed local businesses such as Tritium and Ultramotive, he said. Tritium developed the controller used in many solar cars around the world and updated it for a Honda Civic which DGR is using as a test car. Ultramotive designed and built the cars motor originally for a solar car, but has upgraded it for the test vehicle. The DGR Civic competed in the 2009 Global Green Challenge last year and consumed power at 85watthour/km. Thats like getting a Commodore to do 1.3 litres per 100km or 217mpg in the old language, Gutteridge says. The base model electric Lancers will be powered by a lithium-ion phosphate bat tery with range of about 100-140km and the premium models will use a lithium polymer battery with range of 210-315km. Base models will have 124kW of power and 250Nm compared with the petrol Lancers 113kW/198Nm. The electric Evo model will have 245kW and 500Nm with a top speed of 250-300km/h. Conversion requires the removal and sale of the petrol engine with Evo engines fetching about $7500. It is replaced with an electric motor, controller and a reduction gear, but the transmission and differential are retained. Although the Civic test car has an automatic transmission, the electric Lancers will have a fivespeed manual gearbox that will also operate in second or third around town like an automatic. There is a simulated clutch and the vehicle will not stall when stopped in gear. Conversion requires only slight changes to the suspension and brakes, but DGR adds an electric brake vacuum pump, electric power steering pump and electric airconditioning motor and condenser. The car also gets a DC converter that drops the current from the 450V battery pack to 12V. FAST FACTS DGR electric cars Newprices: $48,990 (base), $54,990 (intermediatewith longerrange battery), $67,990 (premium), $115,990 (Evobased high-performance model) Used prices: From $39,990 Motor:Ultramotive AC motor Battery: Lithium-ion phosphate (base), lithium polymer (premium) Range: 100-140km (base), 210-315km (premium) Power: 124kW (base), 245kw (Evo) Torque: 250Nm (base), 500Nm (Evo)


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