In a report from Austrailia’s Cars Guide, Holden has just finished assembling an electric Commodore that will finish validation in the time frame of February 2012. By June of the same year, the model will be accompanied by no less than six other test cars that reportedly stand as a “proof of concept project to demonstrate technical viability.”
The Commodore EV utilizes 210 40 amp/h cells supplied from Bosch, resting where the traditional Commodore’s engine and transmission would normally be. Thanks to the Commodore’s rear-wheel-drive setup, the batteries fit nicely in the transmission tunnel, saving loads of cash by not requiring a unique setup.
As far as range goes, engineers expect the Commodore EV to run for around 160km (99.4 miles) before requiring a charge from a normal outlet. Or, the battery could be easily swapped out thanks to the car’s quick-release connection setup. Sounds like a decent solution to range-anxiety if you ask us, but that’s if Holden decides to actually produce a Commodore EV en masse.
Source: Cars Guide