ZERO Automotive was founded by two industry influencers: Dave Mitchell, who grew the race car component company Autosport Engineering into 4WD industry heavyweight High Performance Diesel and Tim Possingham, a renowned export marketing consultant with expertise within the global motorsport industry.

Dave Mitchell

With over three decades of experience in the design, development and production of high performance componentry built to endure motorsport and off-road applications, Dave has an enviable reputation in the 4WD space and has developed an exhaustive range of products to remedy inherent problems associated with various internal combustion-engined 4x4s. An intimate understanding of the management skills required to run a thriving production centre has led Dave to build one of South Australia's fastest growing SMEs with the company  High Performance Diesel and to now expand into the world of zero-emission vehicle engineering with the ZERO Automotive company.

Tim Possingham

In the early 1990s Tim set about growing his own mechanical workshop specialising in road legal, ADR approved, engineered race cars. Some 25+ years later his name is behind some of the most successful and innovative manufacturers operating in the Automotive / Defence and Motorsport spaces in Australasia.

Credited with numerous Export Award wins and Fast Movers awards Tim is a diplomatic marketer and self proclaimed "joiner of dots" who credits his success to long term relationship building, understanding client needs and providing creative solutions in order to build a pathway to mutual success.

ZERO has sourced electrical and mechanical engineers with specialised skills to develop the ZERO product range and capitalise on the exhaustive list of capabilities that ZERO possesses. At ZERO Automotive, state of the art design and manufacturing technology is combined with robust engineering knowledge and expertise to deliver innovative, tough and user-friendly products.

ZERO has complete life cycle capability – from concept through design, development and testing, manufacture, supply and ongoing service.


Our capabilities include:

  • New product conception and design

  • Rapid prototyping and testing

  • CAD

  • CAM

  • 5-axis milling

  • CNC lathe

  • Aluminium fabrication

  • Steel fabrication

  • TIG welding

  • ADR Compliance

  • 4WD Dyno Testing (In House)

  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

  • Urethane product design and manufacture

  • Glass fibre product design and manufacture

  • Electrical/electronic system integration

  • Through-life product support