If you are an Aussie and you tired of waiting for the big car manufacturers to produce electric cars you are in luck. Blade Electric Vehicles (BEV) in Castlemaine, North West of Melbourne, are now selling converted Hyundai Getz.
BEV started prototyping in 2005 and commenced production of electric Getz last year. They’ve converted nine cars to date and more conversions are under way
While BEV do custom electric conversions the Getz is their standard production model and BEV are hoping forward thinking government organisations will show some leadership and start filling their order book soon.
The conversion involves replacing the internal combustion engine with a 40Kw three phase AC motor. The power source is between 55 and 65 lithium ion phosphate batteries in series. Each battery has a nominal output of 3.2V and the whole lot can be recharged in nine hours using a standard 10 Amp 240V power supply. You can read more specifications here.
If you are seriously interested in owning an electric Getz, or Blade Runner as they are known, you can see one for yourself and take one for a test drive by contacting BEV. Alan Gray, owner of a Blade Runner, had the following to say about his new electric car:
Beautiful. Snappy and responsive with great acceleration.
This article in The Age has more on Alan Gray and his Blade Runner.
Update (03 Mar 08): My cute new electric car? It’s a little ray of sunshine by Alan Gray in The Age
Source: Blade Electric Vehicles