Q. How long has ACE been in operation? A. 4 years starting life as GetGreen.net.au
Q. How many models of ACE vehicles do you have? A. Four.
Q. How many have you made? A. First one was the ACE Cargo and it arrived in 6 boxes and was assembled in Australia in March 2019. Our mechatronics engineer Willi from Germany assembled it for its first showing at the Carmageddon MTAQ Brisbane. We will talking orders for 100 ACE Cargo vans in 2019.
Q. How would you describe the feedback on the the aesthetics of the ACE vehicles? A. Very positive feedback, the ACE vehicles are full of character and have their own personality.
Q. Do they have Bluetooth connections for mobile phones, etc inside? The German designed prototype comes as standard with touch screen operations. The models manufactured in 2020 will be fully capable within our ecosystem which will include BlockChain data security and IOT capable systems and will work with mobile phones.
Q. How much will they cost and when will they be ready? A. The target price is $40,000 Australian dollars, not including government charges which will apply and be confirmed after the election. Vehicle delivery will be early 2020.
Q. What are the maintenance and servicing costs? A. $50 Australian dollars on a standard service per year! The ACE Cargo had its first delivery service, booked into Bob Jane Tmart for a wheel alignment. The Regen braking system on the ACE Cargo means disk pads last on average 3 times longer. The online updates manage what would normally be service analytics.
Q. Are ACE EVs more economical to run than a similar sized IC engine vehicles? A. YES significantly more economical, only $9 per 250km!
Q. The vehicle panels and components are made in China and assembled in Australia. How are EVs regarded in China, are they popular? A. Chinese policy is extremely EV friendly. It is the largest market in the world with 680,000 vehicles sold in 2018. By comparison Australia sold under 2000 in 2018.
Q. Could EVs revive the Australian car market for domestic use? Could you see yourself exporting ACE EV vehicles? A. We are not dependant on the Australian market because we have exclusive global RHD assembly and manufacturing rights. Our initial focus in Australia will be light commercial urban city transport.
Q. Are there some people who can’t get used to the idea of an electric car? What would you say to them? A. EVs are so better for everyone’s health and now their range is much improved. There is also no need park your car in the garage or near a standard power point. You can charge it overnight and the next morning it’s ready to go. There is no need ever again to find a fuel station for your once a week fill up. In fact on one charge the drive range on an ACE Cargo is 150 – 200km at partial load!
Q. What special equipment do you need to charge an EV at home from the regular mains supply? A. Just a standard power point is required. All our ACE EVs are designed to fit the current infrastructure of millions of power points compared to perhaps 200 plus charge points. Power is drawn at the equivalent of 1.5 toasters.
Q. If I have solar panels on my house, can I charge a car from my panels? A. Yes there are estimates of 10 minutes to 10 hours to charge an EV from solar panels.
Q. How long does it take to fully charge one of your vehicles? Our ACE series will charge overnight if empty. Future models with graphene interface will be capable of higher speed charging.
Q. What’s their range on a full battery? A. 30kw battery 200 – 250 km. 40kw battery 260 – 330 km. Future model Sportz battery 600km. Graphene interface technolgy will add an additional 40% increase in range with sensible long distance travel.
Q. Will owners find it hard to find a charging station if they’re out on the road? A. No anywhere there is a power point and our vehicles are specifically designed for an urban city environment.
Q. Some people think that the ACE EVs are not up to towing boats or trailers. Can they do the same things a Hilux or a Triton? A. Although not as powerful it can do the same or better than the Subaru Brumby.
Q. What’s the biggest obstacle to Australians buying EVs? A. The government. EV’s managed correctly provide security and certainty for our transport requirements as well as being clean and environmentally friendly.
Q. What’s one thing people generally don’t know about EVs that might surprise them? A. They are brilliant to drive with no pollutants or noise. They need only minimal additives such as water for wipers, with minimal running costs. They can produce savings of up to $60 a week which means money spent elsewhere for economic stimulus. They have smooth acceleration and are as easy to purchase, own and operate as a mobile phone. They are the perfect business solution on wheels, especially for urban trades. You can even run power tools off the battery!