7 October 2020
Vehicle manufacturing will now return to SA after strong advocacy by independent Senator Rex Patrick. $5 million has been allocated in the Budget to support electric vehicle (EVs) manufacturing in SA.
"I have been lobbying the Federal Government for several months to support establishing an Advanced Manufacturing Facility (AMF) in Adelaide's northern suburbs, and thankfully the Government has listened," Senator Patrick said.
"The announcement in the Budget is welcome news not only ACE EVs and their suppliers, but also for South Australian manufacturing."
"The Facility will see vehicle manufacturing brought back to SA for the first time in three years since the closure of the Holden factory in 2017."
Senator Patrick said there are many advantages of EVs.
"EVs reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality, lower noise pollution, reduce cost of ownership for individuals, business and government through lower operating and maintenance costs and will also help to reduce Australia’s fuel security vulnerability.
"As we work towards a post COVID-19 future, all levels of Government should be looking at increasing our manufacturing capability and EVs can play a big part in this."
Several South Australian companies will be involved in the supply chain for the ACE EV project, including Aldom Motor Body Builders at Wingfield.
ACE EVs has also been progressing a number of related collaborative research programs with Australian Universities, including Flinders University which is looking at:
- Computer Simulation of the static & dynamic behaviour of a vehicle body structure
- Simulation of mould flow based on resins and mould dynamics
- Simulation Mechanised fibre placement or preforming
- Tool Manufacturing
- Additive manufacturing (AM)
- 3D printing