ACE EV On The Road — More Than Meets The Eye

One of ACE EV’s directors had previously helped build the “switch” vehicle, an early iteration of the ACE Cargo. The first ACE Cargo was assembled here in Australia in 2019 at the MTAQ workshops and more recently the V1 Transformer TC series in Brisbane.


ACE EV electric trolley collector photo courtesy of ACE EV

“McGarvie has worked with the smart technology developed by directors Gerhard Kurr and Dr. Charles King. They feature the fast-track design of a lightweight carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic skeleton/monocoque that is the core of ACE-EV vehicles. The vehicles are made of composite material, which is 2-3 times stronger than steel. They consist of a 14-part ‘skeleton’ and a 58-part ‘skin’. Yewt weighs under 1000 kg with the 30 kWh battery.”


Will Qiang, Australian Director of International Business at ACE, with the skeleton of ACE Cargo. Photo courtesy of ACE EV.

Greg explained the development of the ACE EV from the introduction of the “swatch” concept by Ernst Thomke and its introduction to vehicle design (2005-2010), then the idea of ​​a city car introduced by Professor Johann Thomforde (2010-2015). Gerhardt Kurr provided the first full composite concept and method (2015-2017). ACE EV was born in 2017 with Dr. Charles Kung, Australian marine biologist Gregory McGarvie, Chinese entrepreneur Will Qiang and Gerhardt Kurr. The registered office is in the small town of Maryborough in Queensland. The business started out of a home garage in Hervey Bay.


ACE TC recruits politicians. Photo courtesy of ACE EV.

Federal politicians Chris Bowen (Minister for Energy and Climate Change) and Ed Husic (Industry and Science) were keen to take the trolley collectors for a ride. “The ACE Transformer TC was designed and then assembled by the ACE EV Group, incorporating sophisticated product technology with advanced design features each recognized as important for low-cost transportation, low air pollution and enhanced delivery services that raise productivity levels.”

The first 20 vehicles are being assembled for Woolworths at a temporary facility in New South Wales this month.

Ed Husic enthused: “Loved this. Woolworths plans to convert its trolley collection vehicles nationwide to EV, using Australian-made ACEs, which are now on trial in selected stores.

“Energy Minister Chris Bowen and I had a test drive today and I tell you what, it was so good to see Australian know how in action. Thanks for inviting us Gregory McGarvie, well done.

“We’re keen to see more of this happen – and that’s why we’re setting up the National Reconstruction Fund – because an Australian government should support Australian businesses and Australian ideas!”


Transformer van photo courtesy of ACE EV

The V1 transformer car should make its debut next month and will be available for test drives – at a location to be announced. As for the long-awaited “Yewt”, production should start in the 3rd quarter of this year. It will be a truly global vehicle. “Bits come from all over the world,” Greg told me. “As soon as we have a manufacturing site, we will bring in our molding equipment so we can manufacture more parts in Australia. We expect by 2026 at least 50% of the vehicle will be sourced locally. We are setting up our supply chains. The most important thing is batteries, as they make up 30% of the vehicle’s cost.” ACE EV is looking for a local battery supplier.

The conversation around electric cars has changed significantly since the change in the federal government. With the current support from the federal and state governments, Greg believes the level of risk for investors backing EV startups in Australia has decreased. ACE EV is looking for investors to accelerate its growth to satisfy the market’s appetite for “utility” electric vehicles such as the Yewt and V1 Transformer van.

Slightly larger than a Subaru Brumby, Yewt is jokingly referred to by Greg as “Tupperware on wheels”, with a mobile phone brain and a large battery.


Thank you interior. Photo courtesy of ACE EV.

ACE EV’s CEO, Greg McGarvie, has a background in business, marine education and exercise science. His interest in the marine environment led to his passion for the decarbonisation of the automotive industry. In an interview last year, he made the following points:

“The Australian integrated ACE Cargo was launched by Dr John Hewson at the Sydney International Convention Centre. The ACE EV Group is part of a global strategy with German and Taiwanese corporate partners.” He says the ACE EV is focused on the “humble van” or “ute” that provides a “smartphone-like” user experience.

“ACE EV is cheap, light and flexible, using carbon fiber composites and purpose-built green plastics. It is kept simple by hiding the complexity of the design. It can be easily repaired – on a farm, in the Australian outback, at home, in a garage or upgraded on any of the future ACE EV partner service centers. The vehicles are export-ready and can be shipped as a ‘smart assembly package’ to local construction sites.”

He highlights the key challenges to EV adoption and the role media, especially NewsCorp, must play: “Media has an important role with electric vehicles to reflect the science truthfully. To do otherwise is dangerous for humanity and our grandchildren’s future. Alternative truths and opinions given as facts do no good for public trust and understanding.

“NewsCorp now claims to be focused on a zero-emissions future, no easy task as they have built a generational readership that puts science under opinion leaders. The NewsCorp Global Environmental Initiative is one opportunity. The Australian The editors announced plans in October for a major editorial project that will inform Australians about the most important environmental and climate issues of our time and the options Australia and Australians need to consider to achieve a zero emissions target.

“To achieve their goals, NewsCorp will need a sustained purge of climate deniers and commentators who are currently still on platforms that contribute to distortion and misinformation about the risks of climate change and the benefits of renewable energy and electric vehicles.”

Well said, Greg. You can hear more about ACE EV here. I’m looking forward to seeing tons of Yewts and Transformers on the highway!




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