• Oct 28, 2011
The Varley evR450 is the absolute antithesis of everything the company behind it has done to date. You see, Varley Electric Vehicles has been producing utilitarian battery-powered machines for quite some time now. If you're in Australia and need a hard-working tug for for an airport or factory, this is the company you'd likely call. Now, if you desire a head-turning, Maserati MC12-like pluggable, you can call them for that too.

Rolled out at the 3rd annual Australian Electric Vehicle Conference, the bright yellow, butterfly-doored electric sportscar is designed to dash from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 miles per hour) in 3.8 seconds and top out at 200 km/h (124.3 mph). The base package should have a range of 150 km (93.21 miles) and cost less than $AU 200,000 ($213,200 U.S. at today's rates). The company says it will also offer a 300-km (186.4 mile) battery option.

Varley is still working out a few engineering details and isn't yet allowing anyone to drive or even take a photos under the hood yet – it says that it will officially launch the evR450 in January. Sales expectations for the low-carbon coupe are quite modest with the company happy to let "interest dictate volume".

While we wait for the privately-held company to release more details about their obverse offering, you are cordially invited to speculate in the comments sections below about why they are building this type of vehicle. You can also find the official press release waiting after the break.

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Press Release

Unveiling Australia's first electric supercar at Australia Electric Vehicles Conference 2011, 26 October, Brisbane.

In its world-first appearance, a full electric supercar based on Australian technology will be unveiled at the 3rd edition of Australia Electric Vehicle Conference on 26 October 2011 at
the Sebel & Citigate Hotel, Brisbane.

This Supercar called is manufactured by Varley Electric Vehicles, a Brisbane-based division of the Varley Group, a privately owned Australian company with a strong history in engineering, new technologies and specialised electric vehicles amongst others.

The will be displayed at the conference while its official market release is planned for early 2012. "You could expect seeing our driving on Queensland roads as early as January 2012" said John Bettini, Varley Electric Vehicles division manager. "We are proud of its technology based on Varley's long experience in electric vehicles and our close relationship with Tritium and Ultramotive, two other local technology companies".

Early indications of the performance are impressive:

o Calculated acceleration: from 0 to 100km/h in 3.8s
o Top speed: 200km/h (electronically limited)
o Range: 150km in its standard version, 300km with a range-extension pack (more batteries)
o Estimate retail price: below $200,000

About Varley Electric Vehicles :
Part of the Varley Group headquartered in the Hunter, Varley Electric Vehicles division is based in Brisbane. The Varley Group of Companies has been established for 125 years and is one of the oldest firms in the Hunter. The company has developed an extensive depth of knowledge and experience across a wide diversity of light and heavy engineering activities. Varley currently employ over 600 personnel in Australia, with numerous workshops located at Tomago, Carrington, Eraring, Melbourne, Ballarat, Virginia Brisbane, and Jakarta Indonesia.
Varley has an embedded innovative culture and an advanced skill base allowing it to compete against global companies in areas such as military aerospace, defence product development, innovative specialised vehicles, new technologies, electric vehicles and cost effective procedures to refurbish worn operating asset.

About the Australia Electric Vehicle Conference:
The Australia Electric Vehicle Conference is the national conference on EV's, running its 3rd edition this year. It focuses not just on EV's and their market introduction but as importantly on their impact onto the electricity supply, the provision of charging infrastructures, the development of policies, economics and the role EV's in a transition to greener transports.
The opening address will be delivered by Queensland Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Vicky Darling MP and will also feature key speakers such as Energex' CEO, Terry Effeney, ChargePoint's CEO James Brown or Adam Bandt, Greens' Federal MP for Melbourne, and is expected to attract over 200 industry leading experts . See the full program at http://www.evconference.com.au/program.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      How strange. I was at the conference and this car certainly wasn't. Its of further interest that the article fails to mention that the headline speaker was from Tesla Motors (Australia)
      LEONARD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whats up with all the SENSORSHIP here ?????
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LEONARD
        have some of your messages been deleted? I think I posted a second message here yesterday as well and it's missing too. it was certainly not offensive. I said I really liked the butterfly wings and the LMP mentality. because electric drive offers the combination of high performance and super efficiency. and low cost even. if done right
      poweredbylolz
      • 3 Years Ago
      What idiot is going to buy this garbage?
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how much more the 186 mile range would cost? 93 miles means you can only drive it 46.5 miles in any one direction. Since it is a sports car, and you might like to drive it like one (fast), that means it will not be running in short order, or, you have to turn around soon after leaving. Here's hoping those solid state batteries work, work soon, and work as advertised. Would rather suck if they DID work and you bought a regular electric the year before. "So how far does your leaf go?" "90 miles. How far does your Prius Solid State go?" "600 miles." "Dammit!"
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      some good, some bad. it looks pretty good but it's old school thinking like the aerodynamic block in front of the front wheels. air going through the hood. somewhat wide stance. open spoke wheels instead of smooth etc good performance despite I suspect a conventional weight. and that it translates to a price of 200k$ is where the problems become terminally evident. close but no cigar. nice to see the attempt though. the more who try the more likely we'll finally get one that will push the roadster of the throne which is far from impossible. I figure if you do it well you can do a 2-seater coupe or roadster with 150km range and a 3 second acceleration for 25k$ profitably. less if you do it really well on a largish scale.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Tesla roadster does 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and has a 200-250 mile range. You know, the more electric supercars i see, the more the roadster seems like a real bargain at $100k-ish..
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Too bad about the whole availability thing :|
        Ben Crockett
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        The Tesla Roadster in Australia is retailing for around $AUD 240,000 thanks for the most part due to our Luxury Car Tax levied at 33% for vehicles costing more than $AUD $75,000. So not such a bargain after taxes.
      Ben Crockett
      • 3 Years Ago
      Congratulations to the Varley Group. This is great to see innovation from Australian companies and people. We are smart and hard working people down here and I would really like to see more exporting of our innovation rather than just our commodities. What makes it sweeter is that this company is based in my region.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ben Crockett
        @Ben Hi Ben, Good old Varney eh! I thought I might explain to those people who are not familiar with the City of Newcastle, Australia, that Newcastle went through a traumatic period with the closure of the huge steel mills which were the city's main economic activity. Newcastle, like many US rust-belt cities, has struggled to re-invest itself in the wake of the closures. Congratulation to Varneys efforts to aid this process.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @Marco Struth, this little beauty is a ripper! It turns my pommy ramblin into flamin oath Aussie talk! Fair dinkum!
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      For Marco, I have translating my opinion into Australian: I really like that new sports fake Holden. It looks bloody fast, and hazza bonzer range. If it were not so expensive, I would by one right now.
      Tysto
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks great, but the range and top speed aren't going to entice anyone to spend $213K on a Fauxrari.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well all right Australia! Here is waltzing Matilda, by dire straights.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsjNfkSg4J0&feature=youtube_gdata_player
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Australia is America's favorite foreign country - don't tell Canada or Britain though...
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      God bless you Ezee, I think you are the first person to use the expressions "bonza , flammin oath, Struth and fair dinkum", for more than 3O years! (Except in movies).
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        Darn it. All my classes on how to speak Australian. Crikey!
      EVnerdGene
      • 3 Years Ago
      Marco Polo just cancelled his Frisker order.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        @ EVnerdGene (Lol) Well, eager as I am to support local industry,( and Varney's a great Australian company), the evR450 is a vehicle I may have contemplated buying 30 years ago! The range will have to be at least 300 klms to appeal to Australians, especially Queenslanders. (Still, the estimated cost of a Fisker Karma in Australia, will be $235,000!) The Australia Electric Vehicle Conference, is largely a waste of time, sort of a self-congratulatory talk-fest where nothing useful is ever accomplished. Australia is one of the few industrialised nations in the world with no incentives, or coherent policy for EV's. Greens MP, Adam Brandt : "Spoke enthusiastically about advancement in EV technology, and how much EV's can contribute to preventing oil companies polluting the planet .. etc.. ". great stuff! However, when the politician was asked, (by the annoying marco polo) "Can you tell me of any member of the 'Green Party' or ruling Labour Party, who drives an EV, especially a locally produced Blade EV,", he couldn't name one! Under further questioning, Brandt, grew evasive, finally dismissed the question with the answer, "plenty of the government fleet are EV's , what do you think the Prius is?!!" (the Australian government fleet has purchased 22 Prius from Toyota). Bah! Time wasters and hypocrites.
          Ben Crockett
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          That doesn't sound like you stiring people up ;)
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          When Marco Polo asked.... LMAO Don't you mean when ROSS BLADE asked?
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @Keith White Ah, ha, a comment from "send us your money' motors! I have no association either financially, or politically, with Blade Engineering, apart from purchasing their products, and admiring Ross Blade and his team for their accomplishments. On the occasions I have had the privilege of meeting with Ross Blade, I found him a charming and intelligent engineer. An individual truly committed to EV progress, with runs on the board. I am astonished that any Australian would seek to denigrate such an Australian Pioneer. It's very curious, that the guy's at Varney hold Ross Blade in high regard, as does Ian Wright of Wrightspeed, (ex-tesla) Barry Shrier, Ian Hobday, Jevon Thurston-Thorpe, of Liberty Electric UK,(some of the UK's most respected EV engineers) and Bryan Hansel of Smith EV's, yet you do not? Ross Blade was recently honoured by the The Society of Automotive Engineers - (Australasia) whose president Bill Malkoutzis, has never heard of you, or your organisation! If you want to gain respect and creditability, present your credentials overtly, like Varney or Blade. Failure to do so, and sniping at those who have real compliments, just adds to the impression you are little more than a Sydney based vaporware scallywag.
          EVnerdGene
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          "Brandt : "Spoke enthusiastically about " preaching to the choir and pandering of course be kind. he may not come back next year if yur too ruff on him
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @ EVnerdGene With luck, he will lose his very marginal seat in the next election. The minority Labour government only clings to power, with support from the Greens, by a margin of one vote. Current polling indicates that if an election were held today, the result would be a landslide Conservative Victory !
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