Those steps will include the creation of a pre-production lightweight prototype with a small battery that can be charged off a 240V powerpoint, and thus relatively quickly compared to the average all-electric car battery.
ARENA CEO Darren Miller says the Agency believes the Australian-designed and developed AEV has the potential to claim a leading position in a niche autonomous electric vehicle market.
“EVs are expected to play an important role in the coming decade in reducing the carbon footprint of transport. We hope to see AEV commercialise a homegrown driverless electric vehicle and be among the first to unlock the global driverless EV market,” Miller said recently.
“There is significant opportunity in the low speed vehicle market which is expected to gain considerable traction in cities, campuses and factories over the next decade that AEV could tap into.”
There are a number of passenger cars with integrated solar roofs being developed around the globe, such as the Fisker Ocean, which was unveiled at CES 2020 in Las Vegas in January and that maker Fisker Inc says could give owners up to 1,600km free driving a year.
Other more ambitious developments are hailing from Europe, such as the Sion Sono which recently attracted $A85 million worth of crowdfunding and could generate up to 34km a day of driving range from its 248 solar cells.
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