The Renault Zoe on show at AEVA 2018. Credit: Bridie Schmidt
The Renault Zoe on show at AEVA 2018. Credit: Bridie Schmidt

What’s my real range? That question (and a whole lot more) will be explored at the National EV Expo and Experience Weekend being held this year at the Sydney Showgrounds on October 26 and 27.

From electric cars and light commercial vehicles to e-bicycles, electric motorcycles, e-scooters and others – a wide range of low-emissions transport options will be showcased at this event.

This event is presented by the Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) as a free-entry, two day exploration of what our electric transport future will look like, and will be split over three main areas:

  1. A program of public presentations from industry experts on EV trends and issues, local and state governments on their EV experiences and policy plans, fast-charge network providers on their intentions and last (but definitely not least) from long-term EV drivers and riders themselves who will answer from personal experience what it is really like to own and drive one.
  2. The free entry EV Expo with a wide range of EV, EVs accessory and EV service providers showing their wares. AEVA themselves will be represented by a stand staffed with EV experts where you can come over anytime to ask your burning questions about EVs.
  3. The ‘Try-Drive’ section, where you can test drive and/or passenger in new EVs provided by the major manufacturers. This will provide an excellent opportunity to test a variety of EVs without the sales pressure of a dealership – as well as do your very own back-to-back comparisons of them over the same stretches of road as both driver and passenger.
From the 2018 AEVA national EV Expo held in the Brisbane Expo Centre. Credit: Bryce Gaton
From the 2018 AEVA National EV Expo held in the Brisbane Expo Centre. Credit: Bryce Gaton

This event is presented by the AEVA as a public service in support of their mission to assist and support the adoption of electric transport options and their associated health and environmental benefits.

Being an annual event that rotates around the states and territories – for those in Melbourne, your chance to experience it will come 2020. From there it will travel to Adelaide for 2021 where it will tie in with the end of the bi-annual Darwin to Adelaide Solar Challenge event.

The Hyundai Kona on show at AEVA 2018. Credit: Bridie Schmidt
The Hyundai Kona on show at AEVA 2018. Credit: Bridie Schmidt

Talks program for event: (Subject to change)

                                       Saturday October 26th
Times All kinds of EVs
10:00 AM Nissan, Platinum Sponsor presentation
10:20 AM Michelle Nazzari: Fonzarelli Electric motor scooters and motor bikes
10:40 AM Mark Tipping: Tesla Owners Club Australia Teslas
11:00 AM Bryce Gaton: AEVA; TheDriven.io Choosing an EV that suits your needs
Charging at home
11:50 AM Jetcharge: Gold Sponsor presentation
12:10 PM Brendon Wheeler: EVSE What are the options?
12:30 PM David Hiley: AEVA EV charging with solar and storage
Charging on the road
1:20 PM Chargefox: Gold Sponsor Marty Andrews How people really charge on the road
1:40 PM Bryce Gaton: AEVA; TheDriven.io What is my range, really?
2:00 PM Anthony Weinberg: Waverley Council 3-Council Electric Vehicle Charging Project
Making the transition
2:40 PM NRMA: Gold Sponsor presentation
3:00 PM Aldo Gretch: VoltWALL Alternative energy opportunity
3:20 PM Jon Bannister Our Journey to a Carbon Free Council by 2030
3:40 PM Mark Gjerek: Mov3ment EV Transitions in Government
4:00 PM FINISH
                                                       Sunday October 27th
All kinds of EVs
10:00 AM Nissan: Platinum Sponsor presentation
10:20 AM TBC Eco Boats
10:40 AM Rebecca Lee: RevBikes E-bikes, the law and  encouraging e-bike uptake
11:00 AM Chris Bennetts: Transport for NSW
Charging at home
11:50 AM Jetcharge: Gold Sponsor presentation
12:10 PM Les Smith: Tritium Changing face of charging
12:30 PM Clive Attwater: AEVA
Charging on the road
1:20 PM Chargefox” Gold Sponsor, Marty Andrews How people really charge on the road
1:40 PM Bryce Gaton: AEVA; TheDriven.io What is my range, really?
2:00 PM EVie Networks
Making the transition
2:40 PM NRMA: Gold Sponsor presentation
3:00 PM Dr Sanath Alahakoon CQU’s Green Transportation
3:20 PM Trevor Richards Towing with an EV
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