Tess’s travels in the coal country, part four.
Our friend Arthur Hunt decided he could fill our downtime while we were traveling to the Gladstone EcoFest with additional EV-related activities. These included a radio interview on Friday early in the morning, a speech at the neighborhood Think and Drink club in Rockhampton on Friday night, an interview in the media, and an electric vehicle show in Beaman Park in Yeppoon on June 4th. Fortunately, the display was not a portent of bad things to come; it was located adjacent to the Yeppoon Disaster Management Hub.
The Capricorn Conservation Council and the Livingstone Shire Council provided assistance in the organization of the event, which was carried out in Yeppoon by a number of electric vehicle owners. Many people came to see how the future is already with us, despite the fact that it took place on the same day as the Yeppoon Show.
The people of Yeppoon , a coastal community renowned for its environmental friendliness, came out to see us and inquire about our electric vehicles. It is the entry point to Great Keppel Island and the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef and is located 38 kilometers northeast of Rockhampton.
Along with the four Teslas, there were also a few Hyundai Konas, a Kia e-Niro, a Mitsubishi i-MiEV, a Nissan LEAF, and Paul’s BYD E6. Dan Watson arrived with his AA2 and a Hyundai Getz that had been modified. (There will be a piece on this soon!) Ian was pleased with his e-Niro and told me how he had to work closely with his dealer to obtain two of the electric vehicles, which he now charges for nothing with his 5 kW solar array.
Capricorn Coast Landcare obtained the used Mitsubishi MiEV Minicab van on display through a grant. It is perfect for transporting tools to nearby vegetation control locations and bags of weeds for disposal despite its restricted range and speed. AdventureTec might replace the battery with a larger one.
Mike spoke on behalf of LGI and provided information regarding LGI’s proposed electricity installation and EV charging station at Benaraby south of Gladstone to interested parties (165 km away). LGI specializes in capturing landfill methane and turning it into electricity. Discussions regarding the necessity of workplace charging as a crucial component of the network were sparked by the image below, which shows his boss charging his electric Mini at LGI’s headquarters.
Regarding the organization of the 2019 EV Expo, Arthur has already begun the discussion. This time, we’ll also incorporate Rockhampton. Hope Michelle Landry becomes accessible once more.
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