Award winning Aussie EV company looks to the Gold Coast for its future
2018 MTA Qld Innovation Award winner, ACE-EV (Australia Clean Energy Electric Vehicle) is searching the Gold Coast to find a suitable location for its new $35 million global headquarters.
Whilst the long-term manufacturing base would be in Adelaide, the founder and managing director, Greg McGarvie, has announced his excitement for a potential headquarters on the Gold Coast. The desirable lifestyle and the city’s push to become an “innovation centre” has drawn the attention of Mr. McGarvie.
“The Gold Coast is selling itself as a place of innovation,” said McGarvie.
The company has expanded from its first vehicle, the ACE Cargo which was built at the MTA Queensland workshop in Eight Mile Plains in 2019.
With a view to the future, ACE-EV is looking to introduce new electric light-commercial vehicles by 2021-2022. These include the ACE Yewt, an electric ute, as well as the ACE Urban, a lightweight, nimble city car.
“We’ve done our first and we’re about to be building 20 more here in South Australia in July next year,” he said.
“You could say we’re Tesla-lite. Our vehicle is designed as a last-mile commercial delivery vehicle, or a business on wheels. It’s affordable.”
The company, which has already received a $5 million Federal Government grant, has said that support from the state government, as well as high-speed, reliable internet infrastructure, would be needed to keep the Gold Coast in the running with South Australia.
“It’s about effectively who comes up with the best support for what we’re trying to do”.
“The key factor in our decision will be connectivity and the security of that connectivity.”
“The global head office will co-ordinate our research and development and it will have an Australian design studio setup. It’ll essentially be co-ordinating and running the (autonomous) vehicles.”
Source: Herald Sun | Gold Coast in running for new $35 million ACE Electric Vehicle HQ
18 November 2020