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There’s plenty of buzz about electric transport around the globe right now and that’s music to the ears of the City of Adelaide, which is equipped for a new generation of cars with its growing network of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations (there are now 42 locations). This week there are some great opportunities for city visitors and businesses to see and experience the latest vehicles that will make Adelaide even more liveable.

EV Charging Hub

the city of adelaide's EV charging station in franklin street.

Solar cars test the ultimate boundaries of sustainable transport but also provide valuable insights into the capabilities of everyday vehicle technology – innovations which are at the heart of all electric cars. 

Right now, the teams in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge* are clocking down the 3,000 km journey from Darwin to Adelaide. The official finish line is in Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga which will be set up from Thursday 17 October through to Sunday 20 October (9 am to 6 pm) to greet all the teams as they arrive into the city. If you’re a fan of solar and sustainable technology, stop by to see the cars up close.

For EV enthusiasts, the city is hosting Electrikhana this weekend – a free event where you can actually have your own test drive or ride in the latest EVs that are available to buy right now**. Organised by the Australian Electric Vehicles Association and proudly supported by the City of Adelaide and Government of South Australia, Electrikhana happens on Sunday 20 October at The Joinery (111 Franklin Street) from 10 am to 4pm. Along with a great display of mass production EVs, there will be presentations, product displays and a chance to slip into the driver’s seat yourself (bookings are essential – see below**)

Finally, on Monday 21 October, the City of Adelaide is hosting an Electric Vehicles for Business Forum to inform and inspire city-based businesses to consider buying or leasing EVs into their own fleets. With new models entering Australia, increasing battery ranges and significantly faster charging technologies, now is a good time to explore EVs for commercial use. The forum is free to attend, but online registration is essential.

Making a presence at both Electrikhana and the Electric Vehicles for Business Forum will be one of Carbon Neutral Adelaide’s founding partners, myCar - Adelaide’s first and only electric car chauffeur service.

My Car tesla image

Launched two years ago, this eco-friendly company - owned by the Mark Harrington and Tim Salmon - has a fleet of EVs available to ferry people around South Australia without pollution or carbon emissions. myCar recently released its own mobile booking app that can be downloaded for free from the App store and is keen to develop a smart charge station that uses car batteries for electricity demand management.

“The main comment we get from customers is how quiet the vehicle is from when you first take off. They’re also very impressed by how comfortable and smooth the ride is. Most people still don’t understand when we tell them the vehicle is fully electric; they make comments like, ‘ok, but so how much fuel does it really use?’ and are surprised when we say, ‘none at all, just purely electricity’.”
Salmon, myCar owner.

For myCar, the benefits of running an EV fleet extend well beyond the ‘good feels’ gained from doing something positive for the environment.

“Whilst the vehicles can be more expensive to purchase, the low servicing and fuel costs of an electric vehicle, when compared to a petrol fuelled vehicle, is an economic advantage,” said Mark Harrington. “We’re beginning to use our brand and knowledge as an electric vehicle hub for the technology more generally too.”

myCar utilises the City of Adelaide’s DC fast charging station at 109 Franklin Street on a daily basis, and also taps into EV stations located at the airport. Mark is keen to see more Adelaide companies becoming early adopters of EVs for business use.

“We’ve had enquiries from other Adelaide businesses considering incorporating EVs into their commercial operations,” said Mark. “Our leasing option will allow businesses to trial an electric vehicle (with our support) and to amortise the upfront costs against the savings and benefits over time.”

Find the locations of the City of Adelaide’s EV on and off-street charging stations, costs and further information online.

* The City of Adelaide is a proud supporter of the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

** Bookings for EV drives at Electrikhana are essential and can be made online.  Bookings for EV passenger rides are not essential but can still be made online in advance. All bookings are free.

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