Fleet of Converted Electric Ford Foci Used in Australian Trial

Fleet of Converted Electric Ford Foci Used in Australian Trial

The first-ever large-scale, long-term electric vehicle trial in Australia has come to an end and the verdict is out: there exists few technological barriers to the adoption of electric vehicles in Australia.

The trial kicked off in early 2010 and concluded at the end of 2012.  Data was then compiled and analyzed, which apparently takes close to a year.  Now, the final results are here.

11 converted electric Ford Focus vehicles were used for the trial (the converted vehicles were all that were available in Australia in early 2010) and 23 fast-AC charging bays (Level-2) were installed.

The conversions were performed locally by EV Works. Each Focus was equipped with a 23-kWh battery pack, a 27-kW DC motor and a 1000A motor controller.

The converted EVs were used as fleet vehicles by 11 project partners to demonstrated their everyday usability.

(You'll find complete results from the trial in the PDF linked below, so here we'll highlight just a few of the points we think most worthy of mention).

  • The vehicles achieved a road-tested driving range of 131 km (81 miles) on a single charge
  • EVs can function as regular fleet pool cars for most applications.
  • The daily charging curve for fleet EVs and public charging stations can almost completely be covered by solar PVs, resulting in truly zero emission transport.
  • Without a fee structure, Level-2 (7kW) charging stations (or even Level-1, 2.4kW) are difficult to use effectively with multiple customers per day.
For a look at the entire results from the trail, as well as more info (59 pages) than you'll ever wish to know, follow the PDF link below.

Source: UWA / REV