BATTERIES INCLUDED: Hughes Engineering CEO Howard Hughes is excited to unveil his solar powered car which is still in production.
BATTERIES INCLUDED: Hughes Engineering CEO Howard Hughes is excited to unveil his solar powered car which is still in production. Marc Stapelberg

Battery power's zero pollution

BALLINA businessman Howard Hughes is nearing the completion of his latest venture: an all-electric car.

Mr Hughes, the head of Hughes Engineering and an aircraft maker by trade, began the project to build the three-wheeled, two-seater, solar and battery powered car around three years ago and now it's close to being done.

"We're hoping to be driving it by the end of the year," Mr Hughes said.

Probably in the New Year we'll have it registered and on the road. "It's completely different to anything you've ever seen.

Mr Hughes said there were more than a few reasons he began the build, including environmental and experimental aspirations.

"They're all quite diverse reasons for doing it. They're all good reasons in themselves."

He said environmental concerns were a huge factor in creating the completely self-sustainable car, including worries of future unstable oil supplies.

Then there were the experimental urges that drove through the design and build, Mr Hughes said, within his company.

"We've always been very keen on developing or keeping up with new ideas," he said.

The inventive car is bought with a carport that has solar panels in the roof that charge the car and batteries during the day, then at night the car is free to run on the charged batteries.

Mr Hughes said his new car will have almost three times the range of any electric car on the market at the moment.

So what's in the future for this groundbreaking new zero pollution transport option?

Mr Hughes said he already may have some buyers in mind.

"We have the attention of an eco-village consortium were they plan on including our car as a part of village transport to the residents.



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