Autonomous electric vehicle company Applied EV has secured support from the Victorian Government to develop a world-first technology that can be configured for multiple uses and drive the future of mobility.
The Victorian Government has provided support to Applied EV towards its new $2 million facility in Bayswater North, which will accommodate research and development as well as early vehicle production.
The latest vehicle to be produced by the Melbourne-based startup is Blanc Robot – a sophisticated autonomous-ready electric vehicle (EV) platform that features a range of charging options, can be integrated with different vehicle bodies and configured for a range of uses.
Blanc Robot, which is powered by a sophisticated “plug and play” software and electrical system called the Digital Backbone, is designed to service goods delivery, agriculture, mining and industrial and waste management, as well as passenger transport, and will be trialled by major international industry players this year.
Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula said the support for Applied EV extends the Government’s investment in the autonomous and electric vehicle industry.
“The future of travel and transport will be autonomous, electric and connected, and Victorian companies are leading the way,” the Minister said.
“Innovators like Applied EV are building on expertise gained from traditional manufacturing with advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence to produce revolutionary solutions for now and the future.”
Applied EV chief executive Julian Broadbent said the company expects to welcome 20 new employees to its facility in Bayswater North over the next two years.
“We welcome the support from the Victorian Government, which helps take our Melbourne-made mobility solutions to the global market – offering a product that is cost-effective, adaptable to business needs and good for the environment,” he concluded.