ESPNCricket Australia has announced a partnership with Electric Vehicle (EV) manufacturer, Electric Vehicle Technologies Australia, to produce a range of electric powered cars, including the EV Plug-In Hybrid.
The announcement is a further boost to the company’s electric powered car plans.
The partnership will see EV Technologies Australia’s electric powertrain and EV Plug Charger developed and installed in Australia’s new fleet of EVs.
It will be EV Technologies’ first Australian EV manufacturing facility and, with an Australian EV market already saturated with electric vehicles, the partnership is expected to have a significant impact on the Australian electric vehicle market.
The partnership with EV Technologies comes ahead of a global rollout of EVs at EV Show 2018 in Sydney, which is expected on August 25.
The launch is a huge step for the EV industry in Australia, with EVs currently accounting for less than 1 per cent of all new car sales in the country.
It will also see EV companies able to sell directly to consumers in the market for the first time.
For the first nine months of 2018, EV manufacturers will be able to bring their vehicles to Australia for sale and sales, with more than 400 EVs on the market.
A recent Australian report by Australian Automobile Association showed EV sales grew by 17 per cent in 2018, with over 2,000 EV sales taking place.
The new EV partnership with the company will see the company produce a number of plug-ins and EV plug charger models to help build Australia’s EV market.
The first of these models, the EV Pro Plug-in Hybrid, will be available for sale by the end of the year.
In a statement, EV Technologies CEO, David Fong said the partnership will also provide an opportunity for EV manufacturers to build up their Australian EV brands and products.
“It is the latest step in EV’s transformation from a niche market into an industry with substantial potential for Australian business,” Mr Fong added.
“The partnership also represents a new level of connectivity and connectivity to customers, as EV manufacturers can now take advantage of the EV plug-point network and the global EV charging network.”
The announcement comes a day after EV Show Australia confirmed it would also roll out EV-powered vehicles in the US in 2018.