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The 300kW Varley evR450 electric sportscar


October 30, 2011

The Varley evR450

The Varley evR450

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Another high-performance electric sportscar broke cover last week from an unlikely source. To be built by a 125 year-old Australian company specializing in aerospace, defense and electric vehicles, the less-than-US$215,000 gull-winged Varley evR450 was on display at the Third Annual Australian Electric Vehicle Conference.

Composites will enable the evR450 to be "featherweight" and development relationships with other EV specialists Tritium and Ultramotive have yielded some significant advantages for the vehicle, though we're unlikely to see those advantages announced until 2012.

The evR450 is believed to be running two Ultramotive CARBON motors, each with a peak power rating of 150kW (and 522 Nm of torque) and each offering continuous power of 58 kW (122 Nm). As the motors weighing only 40kg (excluding inductors), evR's 300 kW of peak power will be pushing a very light vehicle, and with in excess of 1000 Nm of torque, acceleration can be expected to be blistering.

The company is claiming a 0-100 km/h time of 3.8 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 200 km/h (125 mph). The evR450's range of 150 km (93.21 miles) can be doubled with an additional (but obviously heavier) lithium-ion battery pack.

The evR450 is powered by Lithium Ion cells in a 24Kwh pack and can be easily charged by plugging in to mains power. The Inverters that control the AC motors are described as "state of the art", coming off the back of years of development in the electric solar racing industry.


I would welcome a practical compact electric car with good range and really fast recharging capacity. The technology for really fast charging is in development, we just have not seen it yet.


That\'s all nice and good...

But right now we\'ve only seen approaches to the two extremes of the market. The very-boring-but-economical (mainly by the big brands) or the very-sporty-and-insanely-expensive (mainly by everybody else) ends.

Has NOBODY seen the need for a mid-sized sedan/hatchback with decent performance? (Honda played nice with the CR-Z, but something a lil roomier?) Something like an EV/hybrid equivalent of the Honda Civic 1.8. Basically 140-160bhp combined, good handling and with decent room, both for passengers and in the boot.

Τριαντάφυλλος Καραγιάννης

When an electric car completes The 24 Hours of Le Mans equal to or better than the winner of the least of the ICE powered classes, and the consumer EVs are sold without subsidies I will consider buying one.


The many years of Solar racing in Australia are now paying of,well done !

Mike Thompson

@Trian Karayiannis - Have a look at the Tesla Sedan (Model S) option which should be launched fairly soon, I think you will find it is exactly what you are referring to! The Honda CRZ is joke, a whole 10Kw is electrical power!

The technology exists to go directly to a reliable Electric, look at the EV-1 from GM, the only problem is that major car manufacturers have found another way of squeezing more money out of us - The Hybrid. Especially when it comes to the electrically assisted Internal combustion type hybrids - Why bother? The Range extending type hybrids which are essentially EV\'s with a gas generator in the boot/trunk, are at least a step in the right direction.

Here\'s a big thumbs up to all the privateers \"smaller companies\" out there who are the ones truly pushing the boundaries!


Regarding tivoli electrical insufficiencies, this car looks really great.

Robert Fox

Still designing cars that look pretty much like the McLaren M6GT. The Manta Montage was the best looking of the many M6GT replicas. This also resembles one of the cars built by Saker in New Zealand. The Saker\'s doors open the same way.

Gregg Eshelman

Fantastic auto.. another great car only a handful of people on earth car afford.

Mark A

It\'s an RCR SL-C Coupe, google it.

Todd Dunning

great 150K\'s then a 12 hour recharge is it.

Steve Allanson
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