“How far does it go on a charge? How do you charge it? How much does it cost to buy?” These are the most common questions we get asked about electric cars when we put them on display. Last Sunday, June 5th, we took part in our fourth EV display, at the World Environment Day festival at Cotton Tree Park, Maroochydore. There were four cars on show: three Tesla Model S cars and our Nissan Leaf. James, the Tesla “Asset Lite” (sales guy) from Tesla Brisbane, came along. This was the first time that Tesla had brought one of their cars to the Sunshine Coast, a Model S P90D. Doug and Lynne, and Joe also brought along their Teslas.
As well as the cars, I had an information display. The weather was incredibly gusty, so my display boards fell over at least 20 times. I brought along my model solar-powered wind turbine, to get across the message that electric cars can be run with renewable energy. The day went by in a blur, with all of us kept busy talking to the public and answering questions. I love to talk EVs, and also to hang out with other EV drivers, who we can share our EV love with. I met Doug and Lynne and Joe at Joe’s Sustainable House Day EV display last year, and James took us on an amazing Model S test drive in March.
I look forward to electric cars arriving in Australia over the next few years with better range, more variety, and hopefully sometimes less expensive. Then your average Joe or Joelene will consider the electric option when they come to replace their gas guzzler.
- Thank you Doug for providing some of these photos.