6 September 2010

2010 Canberra Electric Vehicle Festival

| Damien Haas
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[Footage of last year’s festival]

It’s on again!

The second annual Canberra EV Festival will be held on Saturday, 18 September, 2010 from 10am to 4pm on the Old Parliament House lawns.

Come along and see EVs of all shapes and sizes, from sports cars to bikes.

The ACT Electric Vehicle Association, In partnership with The ACT Electric Vehicle Council, have prepared a very exciting event: we will have representation from both commercial organisations and private individuals as well as talks explaining what EVs are and how you can make one!

The highlight of the festival will be the presence of all three production electric vehicles now commercially available in Australia – Tesla Roadster, Blade Electron and Mitsubishi i-MiEV as well as two historic Detroit Electrics – from a century ago!

HIGHLIGHTS: Tesla Roadster, Blade Electron and Mitsubishi i-MiEV
HISTORIC: Two Detroit Electrics
PRODUCTION: Segway ; Bomb Disposal Robot
COMMERCIAL CONVERSIONS: Plug-in Prius, Daiwoo lanos ‘EV002’
DIY CONVERSION: Ford Courier; Electric motorbike; Daihatsu Charade; VW Beetle.
ELECTRIC BIKES: Come and try one!
INFRASTRUCTURE & ENERGY SUPPLIERS: ActewAGL, Better Place; and various solar displays.

If you are interested in being an exhibitor or want to find out more about the festival, you are most welcome to contact the organisers. Email festival@canberraev.org or visit our website at www.canberraev.org

We hope to see you there on the 18th!

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georgesgenitals10:01 pm 09 Oct 10

What about those small electric scooters (the stand on rather than ride on type)? Do they have those? Where can these be bought?

maurice_wells6:04 pm 09 Oct 10

Yep, ebikes definitely allowed on the bike paths if compliant with the 200W thing. I’ve been selling them in Sydney for 6 months now. Plan to open up a bike shop in Canberra to sell them at end of this year if the bike shops don’t hurry up and stock some of my wares! I grew up in Canberra and can tell it’s the best place for them. Shop will be called glow worm bicycles, look out for it.

On the other hand I have zero time for electric cars, they’re the same old silly vehicles massively oversized just for carrying people, cause traffic, need parking lots, bring on obesity, have all the same problems we know that petrol cars have. Only difference is their pollution is somewhere else (at a coal fired power station) and not in their exhaust pipe.

Electric bikes on the other hand – as efficient and healthy and fun as bicycles, only more people can use them.

200 watts ? I might retrofit the mountain bike. Look out for a pumpkin riding a 20 cent piece at speed…

Did LHD break the law?

Are electric bikes allowed in bicycle lanes or are they considered motorbikes ? Is there a power limit for electric bikes?

I have an electric power assist recumbant that goes like the clappers and is almost silent. One of the joys of my life is overtaking all those macho lycra meanies and letting them eat my dust. Watching them try to catch the fat old guy is a hoot.

Last year was very disappointing. The production-conversion tent had brochures and flyers but no actual cars on display. The DIY conversions were… obviously DIY. There was one production electric scooter (not even a motorbike; just a lousy scooter) and one production car. The supposed highlight was the Internode owner’s private Tesla. But some dimwit thought the best way to demonstrate the Tesla was to put politicians in the passenger seat and have zoom-zoom drag races up and down the street. Misunderstood the audience entirely. I left in disgust. Won’t be back this year.

Silent but deadly. Look forward to it.

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