Atlis Motor Vehicles , a startup mobility technology company, has announced the signing of a collaboration agreement with Australian Manufactured Vehicles in which AusMV will buy Atlis XT pickups and convert them to right hand drive in Australia for sale in Oceania and southeast Asia.

AusMV will purchase 19,000 XT pickups to the end of 2025 and will provide expertise in compliance and certification, as well as support in service and charging infrastructure for Australia.

Atlis is developing a fully electric vehicle platform, proprietary battery cells and packs, and the necessary charging infrastructure to recharge a 500-mile range battery in less than 15 minutes. The XT prototype will be revealed this year and production will begin in 2022.

AUSMV is an Australian distributor for vehicles ‘remanufactured’ to RHD with Australia’s largest service network, focusing on American pickups and muscle cars.

“According to the Climate Council, Australia’s goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2035 equates to the need for 75% of new vehicle sales to be electric,” said Mark Hanchett, CEO and founder of Atlis.

“Many traditional automakers have overlooked Australia when launching new EVs for a variety of reasons, but we see things differently. Our long-range, fast-charging electric work trucks are ideal for this market. We don’t need legislative imperatives and other incentives to ship vehicles to Australia and AusMV knows how to get them into owners’ hands.”

“Atlis has an innovative product and a solid business plan that covers not only the vehicle production, but also, battery manufacturing and charging technology that is suited to Australia’s conditions. Our confidence is so great we have invested in the company,” said Eddie Kocwa, managing director of AusMV and AusEV.