A 125-year-old engineering company with its routes in the Hunter Valley coal region rocketed into the future this week in Brisbane with a 200km/h electric supercar.
The evR450 was built from the ground up by Varley Electric Vehicles, a Brisbane-based division of the Varley Group and will be unveiled in King George Square for the third annual Australia Electric Vehicle Conference.
Varley Electric Vehicles divisional manager John Bettini says the handbuilt car will be faster than a Porsche 911.
"We are only expecting to make extremely limited numbers but will let the interest dictate volume," he says. "The car is hand built in low volumes and not a production car."
The evR450 supercar is claimed to rocket from standstill to highway speeds in less than four seconds and have an electronically limited top speed of 200km/h. It will have battery range of 150km with an optional 300km range-extension pack featuring more batteries.
Bettini says they have not yet set a price for the evR450, but it is believed to cost up to $200,000.
"We see potential for domestic and export markets," he says. "We have not sought government assistance on this project. It has been fully funded by Varley."
The official launch of the evR450 is planned for January.
"Currently the car is not available to drive and photos are restricted as their is engineering work being performed," Bettini says. "I will be releasing more detailed specification in due course."
It was built in partnership with Brisbane technology companies such as Tritium and Ultramotive. The Varley Group is a privately owned Australian company with a 125-year history in engineering, new technologies and specialised electric vehicles. It is one of the oldest firms in the Hunter Valley region.