Varley Electric Vehicles, a division of the Varley Group, one of Australia’s oldest specialty vehicle manufacturers, has launched the evR-450, an electric supercar.
Officially unveiled in Newcastle, New South Wales at the company’s 125-year anniversary celebration on Friday, 2 December 2011, the evR-540 electric supercar marks a new day in the history of the company.
The evR-450 electric supercar is Varley’s first vehicle with an electric drive technology engineered and manufactured in Australia. A hand-built evR-450 is developed on an aluminum monocoque chassis and powered by its all electric AC driveline and lithium-ion battery pack and power electronics.
At the heart of the driveline are patented twin carbon ironless core AC motors which use proprietary ‘Dynamic Overspeed’. The motors were custom-designed exclusively for the evR by Ultramotive Technologies, and are complemented by Tritium’s Wavesculptor inverters.
Both the evR-450 and the sport variant, the evS-450, are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and use no petrol whatsoever. Drivers will have access to 24kWh of battery energy, enabling them to travel up to 160 kilometers (combined cycle) before having to recharge.
The evR can be recharged in eight hours using a standard 15-amp power point, either at home, work, or in many public car parks. Varley will consider faster charging capabilities in future products.
The evR-450 offers a race-quality performance and boasts a 0-100km/h of 3.8 seconds and top speed of 180km/h. While the evR-450 is expected to be available soon, Varley will begin taking orders for its sport variant the evS-450 in January 2012. Providing similar performance to the evR, the evS-450 has a top speed of 160km/h and can travel 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds.