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Solar electric vehicle with swappable bodies unveiled in Australia

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Australian company breaks cover with a solar-powered Applied Electric Vehicle that seeks to re-imagine the future of transport.

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The recent sightings of a strange, solar-panelled electric vehicle lurking in the grounds of the University of Melbourne herald an exciting development in the possible future of transport: the Australian developed AEV from Applied Electric Vehicle Robotics has today been formally ‘soft-launched’ to the public.

Quietly developed for over three years now, the company is finally breaking cover today with the launch of its website. Following this, the vehicle and concept will be showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, (January 8 – 11, 2019).

The Driven was last week given an exclusive tour of the factory in Melbourne’s outer east where it is built and given interviews with builders and management to learn more about its features and development aims.

Management comes from several high-level auto manufacturing engineers – including their Chief Design Officer Luciano Nakamura (former Advanced Design Manager at General Motors) and CEO Julian Broadbent (former Director of Innovation at General Motors – who was part of Holden’s secret 2008 ‘EV super ute’ electric vehicle project which was later canned by GM Detroit during the GFC).

The Chief Financial Officer (Shane Ambry) is also a former Manager of Product Strategy at Telstra.

So what is it?

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