World’s first solar electric commercial car to be made in Brisbane

LUJAYN HAWARI

 

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Solar vehicles at Darwin’s Hidden Valley raceway. Source: ABC News Steven Schubert

The world’s first commercial, road registered, custom-made Australian solar electric car will be built in Brisbane.

Clenergy Team Arrow, one of Australia’s most successful solar racing teams hope to have a road-registered ‘Cruiser Class’ race version on the starting grid for the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Darwin.

Clenergy Team Arrow’s new Queensland workshop was officially opened in Brisbane’s Eagle Farm last month by Minister for Energy Mark Bailey.

“Clenergy Team Arrow is one of the most successful Australian solar racing teams of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and I’m excited about this new innovations and design hub her in Brisbane” Mr Bailey said in a press release.

Economic Development Queensland has provided the team long term access to the Eagle Farm site and workshop facilities.

“… The Palaszczuk Government is a strong advocate for renewable energy and a cleaner, greener energy future” Mr Bailey said.

Clengergy Team Arrow aim to be the first Australian company to manufacture and sell solar electric vehicles.

“Our ‘race’ version of our car of the future will also be the first road-registered solar vehicle to compete the challenge” Clenergy Team Arrow founder Cameron Tuesley said.

Record-breaking entry numbers have already been confirmed for the 2017 World Solar Challenge.

It is expected to be one of the largest and most innovative fields yet.

 

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