ECOtality , a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, has established an Australian subsidiary, ECOtality Australia. The Company, headquartered in Brisbane, will market and distribute battery charging equipment to support on-road electric vehicles (EV), industrial equipment, and electric airport ground support equipment (GSE).
“Utilizing ECOtality’s industry-leading EV experience and advanced battery chargers, ECOtality Australia is well positioned to immediately capitalize upon Australia’s emerging market for plug-in electric vehicles,” said ECOtality CEO Jonathan Read.
“As one of the first to introduce fast-charging to Australia, ECOtality will have an impact in industrial markets, as the use of our fast-charging systems reduces air pollution and provides substantial savings in annual fueling costs and operating expenses. ECOtality Australia also plans to play a major role in facilitating the transition to clean electric transportation by providing charging solutions to support the successful introduction of electric vehicles in the region.”
The electric vehicle market in Australia is young. But, with over 13 million vehicles in the country and around 900 000 new cars sold each year, the outlook for sustained growth is very good. Major auto manufacturers like Renault Nissan and Mitsubishi have announced plans to sell electric vehicles in Australia by 2011.
ECOtality is well positioned to support Australia’s growing EV industry. Through its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), ECOtality has been involved in every major North American electric vehicle initiative since the 1990’s.
Originally designed to support on-road EV applications, eTec pioneered its proprietary Minit-Charger line of battery fast-charge systems that charge batteries as safely and quickly as possible, while eliminating the risk of battery overcharging and overheating, and actually extending overall battery life.
With over 10 years of use in industrial and airport applications in North America, Minit-Charger provides a safe and meaningful charge for an EV in about 15 minutes and will be integral to enabling EV users to extend their daily driving range.