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Metal Casting Technologies : December 2008
GREEN FEATURE Government’s A New Car Plan For A Greener Future, “Obviously globally the car industry is going through a difficult period of transformation. But the key challenge for the future is transformation, in the direction of long term fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” The centrepiece of the Government’s plan is an expanded and extended Green Car Innovation Fund – it is now a 10-year, $1.3 billion initiative. It is designed to foster investment in research and development and plant and equipment for green vehicle technologies. The Fund will be brought forward to operate from 2009. Through an average 1:3 co-investment ratio, the Green Car The CSIRO-invented UltraBattery is set to have a global impact on greenhouse gas emissions. CSIRO’s UltraBattery goes global in the auto sector The CSIRO-invented UltraBattery is set to have a global impact on greenhouse gas emissions after Japan’s Furukawa Battery Company, which has already begun production of the UltraBattery, and US manufacturer, East Penn, recently signed an international commercialisation and distribution agreement for the technology. CSIRO’s UltraBattery combines an enhanced-power negative electrode and a lead acid battery in a single unit and has applications for low emissions transport and renewable energy storage. Previous tests show the UltraBattery has a life cycle that is at least four times longer and produces 50 per cent more power than conventional energy storage systems. The technology is approximately 70 per cent cheaper than the batteries currently used in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Director of the CSIRO Energy Transformed National Research Flagship, Dr John Wright, is pleased to see an Australian-developed technology gain attention on a world stage. “This technology could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector by lowering the cost of hybrid electric vehicles and increasing their uptake, meaning that we could be looking at success on both commercial and environmental fronts,” he said. The technology is scheduled to be commercially available in the automotive market and for motive power applications throughout Japan, Thailand, North America, Mexico and Canada within two years. The UltraBattery is not yet licensed in Australia for automotive applications. CSIRO is accepting expressions of interest for manufacture and distribution of the technology in this region. For more information contact: email@example.com 30 www.metals.rala.com.au Innovation Fund is designed to generate more than $5 billion in investment over the next 10 years. There are already two new ‘green’ models in development in Australia– the Ford Focus and the hybrid Toyota Camry. And Holden has announced that it will be producing LPG-only and E85-only variants of the VE Commodore, and that it would be expanding its export program by selling a locally made GM Daewoo Veritas to South Korea. “…the introduction of the Green Car Innovation Fund will provide a strong incentive for local manufacturers and component suppliers to introduce new technology and processes that support the production of innovative vehicles, parts and production systems for local and export markets,” said Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Australia president and CEO Max Yasuda. The car maker has already joined with the Government in a deal, announced in July, which will see $35 million from the Fund used to bring production of the hybrid Camry to Australia. Development of green vehicles Production of the hybrid Camry at the Altona Plant (in Victoria) will commence in early 2010, with an annual production target of 10,000 vehicles. Ever since the introduction in 1997 of the Toyota Prius - the world’s first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle - TMC has been making a concerted effort to promote and popularise hybrid technology. Toyota aims to sell one million or more hybrid vehicles annually as early as possible in the 2010s and is working to put in place an optimal hybrid vehicle production system worldwide. TMC along with its luxury vehicle arm Lexus sells four hybrid models in Australia – Prius and Prius I Tech; RX 400h; GS460h: LS600hL. Worldwide Prius has sold just over one million vehicles, with 10,000 of those being sold in Australia. “Local suppliers will gain some benefit from the incremental increase in Camry production at Altona,” Glenn Campbell, manager public affairs at TMC told MCT magazine.