The emergence of battery electric vehicles : A NZ manufacturing opportunity?

Duke, M., Andrews, D., de Fluiter, T. and Anderson, T. N. 2006, The emergence of battery electric vehicles : A NZ manufacturing opportunity?, in Proceedings of the 3rd New Zealand Metals Industry Conference, Hamilton, 1-3 November, 2006., [The Conference], [Hamilton, N.Z.], pp. 1-7.

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Title The emergence of battery electric vehicles : A NZ manufacturing opportunity?
Author(s) Duke, M.
Andrews, D.
de Fluiter, T.
Anderson, T. N.
Conference name New Zealand Metals Industry Conference (3rd : 2006 : Hamilton, New Zealand)
Conference location Hamilton, New Zealand
Conference dates 1-3 November 2006
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 3rd New Zealand Metals Industry Conference, Hamilton, 1-3 November, 2006.
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2006
Conference series New Zealand Metals Industry Conference
Start page 1
End page 7
Publisher [The Conference]
Place of publication [Hamilton, N.Z.]
Summary Personal passenger transport faces several challenges in the coming decades: depletion of cheap oil reserves, increasing congestion, localised pollution, the need for reduced carbon emissions and the long term goal of sustainability. One way of solving some of these problems could be to introduce comfortable, energy efficient, battery electric vehicles.

Currently, hybrid vehicles have been presented as a means to reducing the transportation related oil demand. New developments in materials and technologies have made them, cleaner and safer as well as more fuel efficient. However, hybrids will only prolong the use of oil until alternatively fuelled vehicles are developed.

One long term alternative is the battery electric vehicle (BEV). A BEV designed to be light, aerodynamic with high efficiency drive train and latest battery technology would have a performance comparable to a typical internal combustion engine vehicle (ICEV). Recent developments in virtual engineering, rapid prototyping and advanced manufacturing might enable low-cost development of niche market BEV’s designed and built in New Zealand for export markets.

This work examines the collaborative development of a twin seat BEV using new materials and latest technologies by the University of Waikato’s Engineering Department and a group of NZ and foreign companies. The car will be used to research the potential of BEVs and will also compete in the Commuter Class of the World Solar Challenge in 2007.
Language eng
Field of Research 091005 Manufacturing Management
090703 Environmental Technologies
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2006, Metals NZ Industry
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30023103

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