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Rock Group gets an electric car

By johnboy - 15 July 2010 11

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Canberra’s Rock Development Group have proudly announced that they’re going to be one of the first businesses in Australia to operate one of Mistubishi’s I-Miev electric cars:

The forward thinking ACT development group was one of 100 businesses and government departments to apply for the highly anticipated leasing arrangement and will receive the keys to its i-MiEV fleet vehicle when it arrives in Australia later this month.

Maria Efkarpidis, a Director of the Rock Development Group said she is excited about the pending arrival of the i-MiEV.

Ms Efkarpidis said the arrival of electric vehicles in Canberra is an important step for the city and hopes to show Canberrans the vehicle is a viable and stylish mode of transport.

“Electric vehicles are part of our overall vision for a greener Canberra. We would love to see the widespread adoption of electric vehicles and we will be working in cooperation with Better
Place Australia to make this happen with an upcoming trial in the ACT.”

Ms Efkarpidis believes Rock’s i-MiEV fleet car reflects its broader plans for the redevelopment of the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets – a fully sustainable, self-contained community featuring residential, retail and office buildings with environmentally sustainable technologies.

“We will address the need for electric vehicle infrastructure in our redevelopment of the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets, the first in the ACT to include plug-in points for electric vehicles.”

So there we go, the future to arrive shortly.

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11 Responses to
Rock Group gets an electric car
p1 8:32 pm 16 Jul 10

triffid said :

Remember, too, Merc that while it indeed will go around 160 kms, those last 40 – 60 won’t be all that fast. Batteries don’t just go ‘bop’ and run out of power.

Batteries don’t (although the technology is getting better all the time) but the power from the batteries on any even vaguely modern device is regulated so that the device gets constant voltage and current until the batteries get too flat then *bing* it stops.

arescarti42 7:43 pm 16 Jul 10

triffid said :

Remember, too, Merc that while it indeed will go around 160 kms, those last 40 – 60 won’t be all that fast. Batteries don’t just go ‘bop’ and run out of power.

I doubt it, maybe the disposable AAs in your tape player or the NiMH batteries in your power drill do that, but lithium ion batteries don’t.

The screen on your mobile phone doesn’t get duller as the battery runs down, it just dies at once.

triffid 2:59 pm 16 Jul 10

Remember, too, Merc that while it indeed will go around 160 kms, those last 40 – 60 won’t be all that fast. Batteries don’t just go ‘bop’ and run out of power.

Tempestas 2:42 pm 16 Jul 10

$70k sounds like a bit of a hurdle to adoption. As for 160km being a range issue, I don’t think they are designed to do long distances, but plugged in every second or third night would mean never needing a recharge around town.

As for speed, they will have max torque avail all the time, so acceleration will actually be pretty good, top speed is 130km/h so you’d be fine around town

MERC600 2:26 pm 16 Jul 10

I believe they are good for around 160 km’s, then need a 7 hour recharge. So on a trip to Melbourne I would get to Yass,before an o’night stop, then Gundagai, another o’niter. and so on .So all up a little over a week to get to the MCG. Now thats progress. Cobb and Co were quicker.

astrojax 12:11 pm 16 Jul 10

Pommy bastard said :

How do you develop rocks? Do you need a special darkroom?

… and maybe sixteen squillion years. but lemme tell ya, cross processing is a bitch.

triffid 11:43 am 16 Jul 10

Cool. What does one of these i-MiEVs cost?

George . . . my mail has them at around the $70,000-00 mark. That doesn’t include the modifcations you’ll need to make to the wiring in your garage so that you can charge it while running a microwave as well (and without plunging the house into darkness).

Pommy bastard 10:00 am 16 Jul 10

How do you develop rocks? Do you need a special darkroom?

p1 9:46 am 16 Jul 10

johnboy said :

Rock Group gets an electric car

That’s not very rock and roll. I assume this rock group plays EMO?

S4anta 8:43 am 16 Jul 10

“believe electric vehicles are the way forward”… albeit slowly.

georgesgenitals 6:07 pm 15 Jul 10

Cool. What does one of these i-MiEVs cost?

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