Mike Stevens | Dec 9, 2011

Australia's Varley Electric Vehicles has dished up a few more details on its upcoming all-electric supercar, the evR-450. A question mark still hangs over the matter of price, but now prospective buyers have some idea of what they can look forward to.

Engineered and manufactured in Australia, the evR-450 is driven by a pair of Carbon ironless core AC electric motors, with energy coming from a high-performance lithium-ion battery.

Varley says the motors were designed specially for the evR by Ultramotive Technologies, and combined with Wavesculptor inverters from Tritium, the arrangement propels the supercar to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds.

"We were impressed to learn that some of the best electric vehicle technologists are developing products in our own backyard," Varley's Electric Vehicles Division manager John Bettini said.

"We decided that we could leverage that innovation to compliment the high-quality, high-volume engineering and manufacturing capabilities at Varley to cultivate a new market for electric vehicles in Australia."

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The evR-450 won't be thrashing any petrol-powered supercars on the straights however, with its top speed limited to 180km/h.

Of course, you won't find many electric cars that can top that - and those that can, don't manage it by much.

Varley says the evR will be available "soon," and it will be joined by the less powerful - and more affordable - evS-450 in January, with a top speed of 160km/h and a 0-100km/h time of 4.6 seconds.

"We wanted to give our customers the option of a sport version as not everyone is comfortable with a race-spec car for day-to-day driving. We’re excited that we can start taking orders forthe evS in January next year."

The evR-450's driving range is listed at 160 kilometres from one charge, although we suspect this would fall if you were to thrash the car all day long.

The evR can be recharged in eight hours using a standard 15-amp power point, but Varley says it is considering offering faster charging capabilities in future products.

"We have developed a unique design that is not only functional and scalable, but will create excitement and passion in true car enthusiasts," Bettini said.

"We think our entry into the sports car market captures the spirit of the traditional supercar, but using highly efficient and zero emission Australian technology."

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