“McGarvie has worked with the smart technology developed by directors Gerhard Kurr and Dr Charles Kung. They have fast-tracked the design of a lightweight carbon-fibre reinforced plastic skeleton/monocoque that is at the core of ACE-EV vehicles. The vehicles are made from composite material which is 2–3 times stronger than steel. They are made up of a 14-part ‘skeleton’ and a 58-part ‘skin’. The Yewt weighs under 1000kg with the 30 kWh battery.”
Greg explained the evolution of ACE EV from the introduction of the “swatch” concept by Ernst Thomke and its introduction to vehicle design (2005–2010), then the idea of a city car introduced by Professor Johann Thomforde (2010–2015). Gerhardt Kurr provided the first full composite concept and methodology (2015–2017). ACE EV was born in 2017 with Dr. Charles Kung, Australian Marine Biologist Gregory McGarvie, Chinese entrepreneur Will Qiang, and Gerhardt Kurr. The registered office is in the small town of Maryborough in Queensland. The business began out of a home garage in Hervey Bay.
Federal politicians Chris Bowen (Minister for Energy & Climate Change) and Ed Husic (Industry and Science) were keen to take the trolley collectors for a spin. “The ACE Transformer TC was designed then assembled by ACE EV Group, incorporating sophisticated product technology with advanced design features, each recognised as important, for low-cost transport, low air pollution, and improved delivery services which lift productivity levels.”
The first 20 vehicles are being assembled for Woolworths at a temporary facility in New South Wales this month.