Australian Electric Vehicle Association

 

In 2020, AEVA ACT was awarded a grant of $24,940 to host a series of events (including an innovative Zero Emissions EVenture), supported by print and on-line material and media promotion, to promote the benefits of electrified transport.  This is known as the "Zero Emissions, Go Electric" Project.  It aims to overcome myths about EVs and personalise the rewards and benefits of owning and using electric vehicles, to individuals and the wider community.

An overview of this Program may be found here.

Our grant bid may be found here.

To date, the following events have taken place:

  • a Project Launch on 24 May
  • two EV Experience events at Ikea, on 9 May and 6 June 2021
  • an EV Experience event near Questacon on 11 July 2021
  • a Pilot of the Zero Emissions EVenture on 1 August 2021.

Video of 9 May EV Experience event

Minister Shane Rattenbury has released this video with his reflections on the EV Experience Day at Ikea on 9 May 2021.

Future events

The next events planned are:

  • the Zero Emissions EVenture (see below)
  • another EV Experience event (venue to be announced) on 3 October 2021. 

Several more EV Experience Days are planned until early 2022.  A Mini-Expo is planned for the last quarter of 2021.

The EV Experience days, the EVenture and the Mini-Expo will be complemented by online and printed information materials which will form an interconnected and mutually reinforcing set of messages to the Canberra community about the importance of electrified transport in reducing emissions and helping to deliver a sustainable future.

Zero Emissions EVenture

The Zero Emissions EVenture is a “community celebration of electrified transport” in Canberra.  Participants, mostly in teams, will traverse a course using only electric powered transport or walking.  Multiple modes of electrified transport will be employed, including cars, buses, light rail, scooters, bikes and a GoBoat.

A key purpose of the event is to gain media exposure which will reinforce, to the Canberra community, the importance of electrified travel in driving down greenhouse emissions, and other emissions which impact public health.

The EVenture was planned to take place on Saturday 18 September.  However, it has been postponed to a date to be determined after the lockdown in the ACT is lifted.  A Pilot (involving AEVA ACT members only) was completed successfully on Sunday 1 August.

The EVenture will be limited to 96 entrants.  People will be able to enter as individuals, or as part of a team of up to four members.  Prominent Canberra sporting bodies and community organisations are being invited to provide several of the  teams.

Individuals and teams will traverse the course in travel groups of 8 people.  Group will commence at the course at 15 minute intervals, with the earliest group starting at 9.15am.

At the commencement of each stage, entrants will use a QR code to access information about the mode of transport that they are about to undertake, and to complete a short quiz or activity relevant to that mode of transport.

The journey outlined below will take about 2 hours.

[1] Start in front of the National Library, where travel groups will be briefed.  They will then mount Neuron e-scooters and journey east along the lakeside path to the next location.

[2] GoBoat wharf, Kingston foreshore.  Travel groups will board two GoBoats for a 12 minute return journey within East Basin of Lake Burley Griffin.  Upon their return they will be met by EV drivers, who will take them to the next location.

[3] Parliament House.  An electric bus will be waiting at the bus stop in Federation Mall to take travel groups to the next location.  A promotional banner (“Zero Emissions, Go Electric”) will be highly visible. 

[4] City Bus and Light Rail Interchange.  After dropping each travel group at the City Bus Interchange (Platform 7) the bus will return to Parliament House to pick up the next group.  Groups will join the light rail at Alinga St. and will travel to the next location.

[5] Dickson Interchange.  Teams will alight the Light Rail and will mount Neuron e-scooters to travel south on the Dickson to City bike path (Canberra’s first bike path).

[6] The bike path terminates at Watson St. Turner, opposite the Conservation Council.  Teams will assemble there, or at a nearby location, to receive refreshments, celebrate their journey and receive certificates.

It will be important to maximise exposure of the event in both local and social media.  The media will be informed about the competing teams.  We will seek television coverage of the event.  Teams will be asked to publicise their participation on Facebook and twitter. 

Information materials

A collection of print and on-line information materials will assist in educating the Canberra community about EVs, will convey their benefits, and will help to overcome myths about them.

To date the ZEGE Project has created the following information resources:

Facts about EVs

Financial incentives for the purchase of ZEVs in the ACT

Retrofitting electric vehicle charging in strata properties

Electric vehicle charging etiquette