BrewDog — Electrical Automobile Oasis


Nestled beneath the large Gateway Bridge in Brisbane, the BrewDog craft brewery is an oasis for electrical automobiles. BrewDog goals to be a superb company citizen with its “Make Earth Nice Once more” marketing campaign. Photo voltaic panels have already been put in on the Brisbane brewery and can quickly be put in on BrewDog’s world amenities within the US and the UK. Workers are urged to contemplate their carbon footprint when travelling and are in a position to wage sacrifice to purchase an EV. BrewDog is investing in gear made out of post-consumer recycled plastic. To learn the total report, go right here and click on on the “Make Earth Nice Once more” tab. 

BrewDog plans to ship zero waste to landfill by the tip of this 12 months. It makes use of cleansing merchandise that are available bottles made out of recycled milk bottles. They even “symbolize the quantity of carbon we take away from the air for each dish on our menus, permitting our clients to study concerning the emissions of their selections, and make knowledgeable selections about what to eat.”


The view from BrewDog. Brisbane’s Gateway Bridge. Picture courtesy of Majella Waterworth.

At Saturday morning’s Tesla meetup at BrewDog, there have been many various homeowners, and lots of fascinating tales. These tales have been shared amongst the beers and the nice meals. They ranged from Bastion, who has an entire assortment of Sizzling Wheels and Matchbox automobiles, to the person with the cash to bling up his Tesla. There have been not less than 20 automobiles current, primarily Mannequin 3 and Mannequin Y automobiles from Tesla, with one pink X thrown in as nicely.


Tesla Matchbox and Sizzling Wheels automobiles. Picture courtesy of Majella Waterworth.

Bastion is presently studying the best way to drive. We noticed the L plates on his sister’s gray Tesla Mannequin 3 as he drove off. What an effective way to start his driving expertise. I needed to study on a clunky, guide Vauxhall Viva. I ponder what kind of license he might be issued. In actual fact, will they convey in a brand new class — guide, computerized, and AI assisted? He could have enjoyable doing the check — he can use the Tesla for the check however not the assistive expertise. I ponder if we’ll see protests from driving instructors as their job modifications with extra EVs on the street?

Robert loves to make use of his data of the motor business and spreadsheets, and has calculated and tabulated all of the totally different costs for various charging suppliers in Australia. Tesla, EVIE, Foxcharge, BP, Ampcharge, and so forth., all cost at totally different charges. It may be fairly complicated, but can even prevent cash if the place to go for a cost. A few of them are even free.

He has simply obtained a job from me, to do up some fancy graphs exhibiting the uptake of EVs in our nation — see my subsequent replace. He was telling me that he’s nonetheless having points along with his physique company about utilizing the photo voltaic on the roof of the condo block to cost his automobile. Presently, he’s paying 23¢ per kWh at current. He has carried out an ideal spreadsheet on the price to run his Toyota Camry in comparison with his Mannequin Y. “Only for gas alone, it price 25¢ per km to run his Camry, vs. 5¢ for the Tesla.”

He has additionally written a mini guide for brand new homeowners. Extra knowledge and information to come back from Robert, I’m positive.

Alan was very perceptive and purchased shares in a lithium mine again in 2017. Not too long ago, he was in a position to commerce in his 5-year-old Audi on a brand new Tesla, with cash made out of the shares. He has loads of shares left over — good cookie.

Paul is a pilot for Virgin Airways and is profiting from the modified guidelines round Fringe Advantages Tax on electrical automobiles to get his Mannequin 3 on a novated lease. After check driving the Mannequin 3, Mannequin Y, an previous Kia Soul, and the Hyundai Kona, he has settled on a Mannequin 3. Discussions are nonetheless being held with Australian Tax Workplace concerning the wage packaging for electrical energy use. You’ll be able to wage package deal petrol and diesel. (Please get skilled monetary recommendation earlier than making a choice about getting into right into a lease settlement. I’m writing concerning the Australian context.)

He has carried out his sums and concluded that with the rule modifications, the electrical car is two-thirds the value of a petroleum equal. He expects to avoid wasting $14,000 per 12 months on his taxes. His lease permits for $1,162 for upkeep, which he doesn’t count on to make use of. On the finish of the 3-year lease, the residual might be $31,840. He appreciated my earlier article on the topic.

He commented additional: “The unwillingness of the fleet corporations to package deal vitality from residence within the package deal, but make no allowance for out of doors charging as they assume you’ll prime up at residence.

“I believe as soon as the laws is sorted, as per the hyperlink I despatched to you, this might be rapidly resolved. As it’s, the upkeep appears over accounted for and this can have the ability to be re-allocated to charging later (or the package deal adjusted).

“I used to be capable of finding less expensive insurance coverage than packaged, particularly utilizing the multi coverage low cost from my present supplier.

“My automobile will include no charging cords, it stays to be seen if the fleet firm will permit one charger to be included.”

Out within the parking zone, homeowners mentioned their automobiles and confirmed off their modifications, together with the retrofitted increase field. Large boys toys, certainly!


Bling to a T. Picture courtesy of Majella Waterworth.

Bling — you need bling? Wish to stand out in a crowd of white Teslas? (Majella and I name them tic-tacs — there are such a lot of on the roads). Effectively, right here’s the way you do it. You utilize a number of diamantés and carbon fibre. One automobile had a diamanté-covered T for Tesla, carbon fibre skirts, an enlarged spoiler, and a steering yoke (as an alternative of a steering wheel) with the centre T lined in diamantés. That they had modified the again tail lights in order that the again blinker ran alongside like the brand new Audi ones. This one is actually no tic-tac.

See drone footage from Luke Peter Nolan.

Thanks for organising this, Nathan Merritt, and exhibiting us bits and items of how deal with our treasured automobiles. The paint touch-up package was a selected hit.

We’ll be again!

Oh, did I point out that BrewDog has nice meals and chilly beer?

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