Melbourne-based company develops e-ATV for Aus Defence Force

Melbourne-based electric vehicle conversion company, EVolution Australia, has developed an all-electric, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) prototype for the Australian Defence Force.

With independent wheel drive and maximum torque from standstill via a customised tri-motor drivetrain, the vehicle provides enhanced stealth and greater manoeuvrability for defence personnel.

All-wheel drive capability comes from dual 10kW electric motors fitted to the front wheels, with a 50kW electric motor to the rear axle. The use of independent wheel drive means the vehicle will still drive with damage to one wheel.

Designed to meet the strict requirements of the Defence Science and Technology Group, EVolution Australia created the prototype to reduce noise and heat signature, in an attempt to mitigate the risk of detection while in the field.

“The e-ATV has been a challenging and highly experimental project that fulfils the client brief of enhanced survivability, while providing insight into the decarbonisation and deployment of electric defence vehicles as the transition to low-emission transport gathers price,” said Russ Shepard, EVolution Director.

“This was enormously challenging as this type of design doesn’t exist anywhere in the world. It’s been a completely unique process that adapts components and technology to a one-of-a-kind electric vehicle.”

Powered by a 24kWh battery, the e-ATV also operates as an energy source for defence personnel with its standard 240-volt PowerPoint that can be used power tools and equipment.

Unable to use current hub technology to create the system, the company created an entirely new drive system using e-mobility components.

“We’re extremely proud of this rewarding outcome. The e-ATV is by far the coolest project we’ve worked on and we’re very grateful to the DSTG for partnering with our leading Australian-owned conversion business in this exciting emerging sector.”

Watch the video below to see EVolution’s e-ATV in action:

Source: EVolution Australia

28 April 2021

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