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    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    World-first solar electric cars to be manufactured in Brisbane

    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Monday, September 19, 2016

    World-first solar electric cars to be manufactured in Brisbane

    A new innovation, design & manufacturing hub in Brisbane will see world-first commercial, road registered, custom Australian solar electric cars built in Queensland, Minister for Energy Mark Bailey announced today.

    Minister Bailey officially opened Clenergy TeamArrow’s new workshop at Macarthur Avenue, Eagle Farm and also revealed the team’s ambitions to have a road-registered, ‘Cruiser Class’ race version on the starting grid of the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Darwin.

    “Clenergy TeamArrow is one of the most successful Australian solar racing teams of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and I’m excited about this new innovation and design hub here in Brisbane,” Mr Bailey said.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is a strong advocate for renewable energy and a cleaner, greener energy future and I’m pleased to say that Economic Development Queensland has given the home team a flying start by providing long term access to the Eagle Farm site and workshop facilities.”

    Mr Bailey also unveiled the design of the new sleek, hi-tech and aerodynamic vehicle at the Eagle Farm hub with Clenergy Team Arrow’s Cameron Tuesley.

    Mr Tuesley said they drew inspiration from their extensive experiences crossing Australia’s outback.

    “We aim to be the first Australian company to manufacture and sell solar electric vehicles and we are proud to be working with energy partners such as Clenergy and Tritium to showcase Australian innovation, science and renewable energy technology to the world,” Mr Tuesley said.

    “What better stage to launch than the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge? Our ‘race’ version of our car of the future will also be the first road-registered solar vehicle to compete in the Challenge.”

    Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Director Nathan Cayzer said event organisers, South Australian Tourism Commission, expected 2017 to be one of the largest, most innovative fields yet, with record-breaking entry numbers already confirmed.

    “The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge journey doesn’t end at the finish line and continues to innovate,” Mr Cayzer said.

    “By introducing the Cruiser Class for the first time in 2013, we asked competitors to further push themselves to deliver technology that can be applied to real cars, in real conditions – a goal we are closer to as evidenced here today.”

    2017 will mark 30 years since a band of pioneers began a 3,000-kilometre adventure across the Australian outback in the inaugural World Solar Challenge. Up to 50 teams from 25 countries are expected in 2017.

     

    Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Media Background

    Celebrating 30 years in 2017, the world’s biggest solar challenge began in 1987 and is a 3,000 kilometre endurance adventure that occurs once every two years. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has become the world’s foremost innovation challenge with teams from around the world vying to become the first to deliver sustainable solar powered electric vehicles. Next year will mark the event’s 14th crossing of Australia.

    In 2015, 47 entries from 25 countries were received with 42 teams taking to the start line in Darwin. The event had 1,500 participants and a global audience around 25 million. It generated more than 400 industry partnerships across energy, automotive, engineering, financial, material sciences and ICT sectors.

    For event details go to: www.worldsolarchallenge.org

    Clenergy ‘Team Arrow’ are Australia’s premier solar racing team of Brisbane based entrepreneurs who have a long history of competing in Australia’s World Solar Challenge. The highest ranked Australian finisher in the last Bridgestone World Solar Challenge they also won the mechanical design award in the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge. Team Arrow aims to be the first Australian company to manufacture and sell electric solar electric vehicles and is working with the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge to showcase Australian innovation, science and renewable energy technology to the world.

    For team details go to: http://teamarrow.com.au/

     

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