Thursday, August 11 2022

It was hard to miss the brilliant BMW iX3 and iX4 at the recent Noosa EV Expo in Australia. There was also a Hyundai Konas, a Mazda MX 30 and a few Ioniq 5s. These were displayed by dealers. Plus, there were plenty of private electric vehicles, including plenty of Teslas of course. But OEMs were the focus of the Noosa EV Expo.

What really struck me about the very successful exhibition was that there will come a day when Majella and I will no longer have to travel 250 km at our own expense, as manufacturers and dealers will exhibit themselves- enough good quality electric vehicles. . Topical advertising and commentary will dissipate the FUDso we won’t be answering the same questions over and over again about replacing the battery every few years, running out of charge in the middle of the highway, and the number of times this week our Tesla spontaneously caught fire!

I’m going to miss the shows. Most of the claimants are innocent victims of misinformation campaigns and it is a pleasure to introduce them to the joys of inexpensive and quiet luxury motoring, while ensuring that their children do not accidentally drive away with my collection of Hot Wheels Tesla cars.

When I had the opportunity to drive around I was impressed by the breadth of the EV ecosystem that was represented – vehicles ranging from a Class 8 prime mover converted from diesel to battery electric , to racing cars designed by university students, to electric scooters, bicycles and touring cars. There were installers and charging providers galore, ride-sharing services, tow-bar fitters and, of course, automakers.

Toys for big boys – battery-powered semi-electric. Photo courtesy of Majella Waterworth.

Judging by the number of people present, the day was a great success. Australia has tripled the number of EVs on the road in the last 2 years, thanks in part to an increase in the range of vehicles available and the number of dedicated EV owners willing to show them off.

Electric racer designed by university students

College days weren’t like that for me. Photo courtesy of Majella Waterworth.

Will this end when electric vehicles are normal and available at all dealerships around? Very probably. In the meantime, we will continue to attend these gatherings and spruik the environmental credentials of electric vehicles, dispelling the fog of misinformation that still pervades society.

It looks like there will be plenty of opportunities to Gympie Envirotech August 6 and The Australian Electric Vehicle Association’s EV Experience September 11th. And for those who love trade shows, there’s Electric Dreams, July 2-3.


 

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