Have you taken a look at the exhibitor page lately? If not, then check out some of the recent additions. We now have vehicles from bikes, to quads to trucks to airborne. That's right! Where else in the past have you seen such a diversity of electric vehicles in one place? Probably nowhere.
Make sure you get to experience this opportunity where you can see and learn so much about EVs now and into the future.
One of the major goals of the EV expo is to help interested people like you find out more about EVs and experience what they have to offer. However, another goal is to encourage the use of EVs for a more sustainable future. This means getting the public behind EVs, but it also means encourage government to support EVs as well.
Each year we invite politicians from across the spectrum to attend the expo. The more we can demonstrate to people in government that people want to see more EVs the more likely we are to see government action to encourge EVs
That's why we are happy to announce that we will be hosting The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Senator Janet Rice Chair of Environment and Communications References Committee and Deputy Chair of Environment and Communications Legislation Committee.
The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP will be presenting at the Show'N'Shine awards and Senator Janet Rice Will open the expo just prior to the lecture series.
Come along to learn more about the governmental and political aspects of EVs in Australia.
As well as having the lecture series, designed to help members of the public learn more about EVs, there will also be a series of “Tech Talks” for people who have an interest in some of the finer details of EVs and also want to know about what’s coming up next. The tech talks compliment the lecture series (https://www.evexpo.org.au/lecture-series.html) by creating a forum that is more focused on the technology and science, while still keeping the original lecture series for those who want more of an overview.
If you want to add some tech to your experience at the EV expo or even make that your main focus, then take a look at who is speaking and when at the bottom of the tech talk page (https://www.evexpo.org.au/techtalks.html).
As you should now know, the next expo will be held at the Melbourne International Karting Complex. The reason for the move, was to allow for more genuine interaction between attendees and vehicles. Part of this is the test drives (https://www.evexpo.org.au/test-drives.html). However, there are some vehicle, that due to their nature, are not suited to test drives. Still, we want you to see more than these vehicles just sitting in place. This is why we have the dynamic display. Each hour an electric vehicle(s) will perform a display lap so that you can see them in action, and get an appreciation for what these vehicles can really do. Take a look at some of the vehicles that will be doing a dynamic display here - https://www.evexpo.org.au/dynamic-displays.html
You have probably already noticed who some of the speakers at the expo will be. We have announced them as they have been confirmed via the event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/161387914455382/). However, you might not know who they all are and you might also be wanting to know when they speak so you can be sure to check out those that interest you most while still getting to see the rest of the expo.
Indeed, a few people have already started contacting us to ask about when the speaker schedule will be out.
Thus, we are very happy to announce that the speaker schedule has now been confirmed. You can see who is speaking and when on the Lecture Series page (https://www.evexpo.org.au/lecture-series.html).
Take a look now, and start planning your day at the expo.
While the lecture series and the exhibitors at the EV expo often convey the important information that many of us want from an EV expo, it is the Show’N’Shine that many attendees will recall. With a collection of home conversions, factory cars, special purpose vehicles, electric assist bicycles and motorsport entrants, the Show’N’Shine offers you a great variety of vehicles to check out during the day.
Each vehicle on display will also have an information sheet letting you know more about the vehicle. You will know how it works, what it costs to buy and operate, what its purpose is and what it is capable of. Pretty quickly you will have learned a lot about how much is possible when it comes to electric vehicles. If you’re lucky, then the owner of the vehicle will be there, and you can talk to them to find out even more about their pride and joy.
It is this combination of diversity, social interaction and discovery that makes the Show’N’Shine the highlight that it is.
And that is why we are happy to say that this year we have seen a recent surge in the number of entrants in the Show’N’Shine. At the time of writing there were 25 registered entrants. If you spend a couple of minutes taking a look at each vehicle, then you can understand how the EV expo is going to provide you with a good amount of entertainment and engagement on the day. And that’s just through the Show’N’Shine alone.
Take a look at some of the vehicles you will see on the day here: https://www.evexpo.org.au/show-n-shine.html. Did you have a vehicle that you wanted to enter? Then use the registration form on the same page; entries close soon.
One of the major reasons for attending an EV expo is to drive an EV so see what it is like. This true for most, even those who just like technology, but especially for those who are looking to make the change over to an electric vehicle (EV).
If someone was going to make the change to and EV, then they would likely be considering the maker of the most popular EV from Europe as an option. That would be Renault, the maker of the Zoe. With total sales almost tripling from 2013 to 2016, the Zoe is one pretty much the most popular EV in Europe.
Renault also make the Knagoo Z.E, the world's top selling all electric light utility vehicle. These are two different vehicles, but both electric, and show the commitment of Renault to the EV space. And this shows that there is real conviction behind the words “Electric vehicles form the only practical and affordable solution in existence today to our planet’s transport-related environmental challenges.” by Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Groupe Renault.
Renault is an exemplar of what a car company can do when they commit to the EV future of the automotive industry. We are therefore very pleased that Renault has confirmed their attendance at the EE expo and will have a vehicle for a test drive.
The catch for Australians is that Renault will be aiming its EVs at commercial fleets; not private buyers. That means you chance to see and test drive one of these vehicles is at the 2018 EV expo.
Make sure you are there.
Tell us a bit about KillaJoule
I call KillaJoule “eco-activism in disguise”. My mission is to show that eco-friendly can be fast and fun, and hopefully make people that otherwise wouldn’t be interested in low-emission vehicles be aware of their potential.
Where did the idea come from?
Speed is a great way of showing the potential of battery power, because fast is always in fashion! Another purpose of the KillaJoule is also to show that women can be excellent engineers, and to encourage girls and women a career in science and technology. Also, I have to admit, that setting world records in a vehicle you built with your own hands and that you ride is really satisfying.
What could KillaJoule replace when it comes to land speed records?
A new streamliner motorcycle, the “Green Envy”, is on the drawing board with a planned debut in 2019. The ultimate goal for Green Envy is to become the world’s fastest motorcycle. Period.
What are the advantages of KillaJoule over what it replaces?
My passion for electric drive comes from its characteristics. An electric vehicle is like chocolate without calories: it gives me everything I want – power, speed, and torque, without the things I don’t want – pollution and noise. I know that engine sound isn’t considered a “noise” by many people, but the feeling of power and speed is actually much more intense in complete silence.
What has been the greatest challenge you have faced thus far?
Budget! Budget! Budget! As serious as my world records are and as slick as my on-line appearance may make it seem, my husband Bill and I are very much a garage team. Just Bill and myself working on the bike on weekends and evenings, behind our modest house in our two-car garage. Friends pitch in now and then, but we do the vast majority of the work. We have sponsors for some of the main components such as the battery and motor, but most other costs are paid from one government salary and one graduate student stipend. We have to be very innovative to keep the cost down to a level we can afford.
Where can people find out more about you and what you have done?
Are you driving your own electric vehicle to the expo? Is so, then please help us work determine the charging needs we need to satisfy on the day.
There are some charging stations in the CBD; however, these are about 7km from the expo venue. Therefore, while we encourage you to charge at an established charging station, we do want to help those who will be unable to. You can see where some of the local charging stations are on the page dedicated to charging at the expo.
If you will need to charge at the expo, then please fill out the form below so we know what your needs are. We expect that those in the Show'N'Shine and offer test drives will be in most need.
With the increase in EVs in the commercial and private auto markets around the world, you would expect there to be a similar trend in Motorsport. Indeed, much automotive technology comes from Motorsport where there is less regulation and large financial rewards for taking the engineering risks that produce a higher rate of technological development. However, when it comes to electric, this does not seem to be the case. Most observers would likely conclude it is due to an established culture of ICEs in Motorsport.
Nevertheless, there are beginnings of the electrification of motor sport. And at the expo we will have 2 insights into these beginnings.
The Team Swinburne 2017 Formula SAE vehicle
Each year the student engineers of Team Swinburne design, build and race an electric open wheeled racer that looks much like a smaller formula one race car. This vehicle will be in the Show’N’Shine so you will be able to have a look at what such a vehicle looks like and what it takes to design one.
You can see more about this on the Show’N’Shine page.
Paul Baker and Formula E
Paul Baker is the co-leader of a team trying to secure the Formula E series in Adelaide.
He has +15 year Motorsport experience racing Mini's at a car club level, winning the Victorian Mini Club State Championship in 1999 with his Mini Cooper S. Paul will be using these insights to share with you what the future of eMotorsport could be like.
You learn more about Paul and his presentation on the Lecture Series page.