Is the electric car doomed in Australia?

Just as the documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car" opens in Australia, the country's only electric car may have to be exported or crushed due to government regulations.

A local businessman wants to import and sell the REVA, also known as the G-wiz, but the test evaluation import license expires in November. If a decision to allow the vehicle in the country isn't made before then, laws call for it to be crushed or exported. According to a story inthe Sydney Morning Herald, the West Australian government is considering another trial for the vehicle.

Apparently the Australian officials are classifying the REVA as a car and not a quadricycle as in Europe. As a car, the vehicle would have to pass stiffer crash tests. The businessman doesn't want to front the cost of three crash tests if the REVA must meet car standards.

[Source: Sydney Morning Herald]

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