AUSTRALIAN ELECTRIC BUS MAKER AVASS STARTS PRODUCTION
Melbourne-based electric vehicle manufacturer Avass has a newly-leased 12,500 square-metre factory at Avalon in Melbourne’s western suburbs and will manufacture electric vehicles under the AVA brand including electric buses, cars, motorcycles and trucks.
"Our technology is even stronger than what is currently on the market," Avass CEO Allen Saylav says.
Manufacturing mainly commercial vehicles, Avass will focus on 12-metre city passenger, 12-metre coach and 9-metre passenger buses along with Small Trucks under 7000 kilograms. These vehicles will supply the Australian marketplace with plans to ship orders to New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region when required.
Avass is confident the organisation will generate jobs and fill the hole left by the closure of manufacturing giants Holden, Toyota and Ford.
Fully-supported by the Geelong Chamber of Commerce, the organisation has entered into a five-year lease at Avalon, with the capacity to hire up to 500 people.
Bus models include the Matilda for city-route service applications as well as the Avass touring bus. The first Australian–made AVA vehicles will roll off the assembly line in July this year.