One among Australia’s first electrical utes (an LDV et60) will embark on a three-month-long highway journey round rural and regional Victoria and New South Wales (in February and March 2023) in addition to Queensland (after Easter). It is a new marketing campaign to take the electrical automobile (EV) transition past Australia’s capital cities.
Anticipated areas the place the eT60 will cease previous to Easter embrace: Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Shepparton, Echuca, Euroa, Yackanandah, Albury in Victoria; Canberra within the Australia Capital Territory; then on to Bega, Bateman’s Bay, Nowra, and Goulburn in New South Wales (NSW).
Areas the place the electrical ute is predicted to cease after Easter are: Hunter Valley, Singleton, Forster, Taree, Port Macquarie, Dorigo, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Lismore, Kyogle, Tamworth, and Armidale in NSW; and Gladstone, Rockhampton, and Mackay in Queensland.
The Electrical Ute Roadshow, run by clear vitality and transport advocates Photo voltaic Residents, goals to show the price of dwelling, work, and life-style advantages of electrical utes to regional Australians and decision-makers to assist safe robust clear transport insurance policies that cut back carbon emissions.
“Aussies love their utes, however one of many largest cultural boundaries to EV uptake remains to be the parable that there aren’t any EVs that go well with existence past the town commute. These outdated concepts are fuelling the petrol automotive foyer’s marketing campaign to decelerate reasonably priced clear transport and are costing all Australians dearly,” mentioned Photo voltaic Residents Nationwide Director Heidi Lee Douglas.
Federal Liberal (conservative) politicians have mentioned that such automobiles don’t exist! Even after this ute was launched in New Zealand!
“Our Roadshow instantly addresses the issues, holding hard-hitting occasions, connecting with regional communities which were neglected of the EV dialog, and gathering native voices to show help for EVs — and amplifying them by means of the media. With the nation and the town aligned on clear transport, our motion will likely be unstoppable.”
Photo voltaic Residents has run quite a few EV Expertise occasions within the final 12 months, together with most lately in Opposition Chief Peter Dutton’s voters of Dickson. The occasions drew giant crowds, desirous about how they’ll save on the petrol pump by switching to EVs.
“We’ve discovered so much from holding occasions throughout the nation. We are able to change hearts andminds by giving folks the chance to truly see and contact an EV up shut, find a way toask questions, sit inside and go for a take a look at trip. It’s time to guarantee that the areas aren’t left behind,” mentioned Douglas.
The Electrical Ute Roadshow is about to be at it’s peak when essential EV insurance policies equivalent to Gas Effectivity Requirements are anticipated to be debated in parliament.
“The subsequent six months are make or break for securing robust Gas Effectivity Requirements. We have to convey regional MPs alongside for the trip — actually and politically — so they are going to lend their help to robust Requirements, to convey extra EVs, together with reasonably priced fashions and utes which might be already obtainable in different international locations.
“We’re far behind the remainder of the world, so it’s actually time for our legislators to place the pedal to the metallic and safe world-class Requirements within the subsequent 12 months.”
For the following 3 days, Ethicaljobs.com.au has generously agreed to match every greenback donated to the Electrical Ute Roadsow as much as $7,000. Each greenback donated will assist Photo voltaic Residents go to extra regional cities with the electrical ute to show that not solely do EV utes exist — however they’ve large advantages in your hip pocket and life-style.
All pictures courtesy of LDV Automotive
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