Gladstone Ecofest, with the motto Repowering Gladstone, has a historical past of selling environmental points, but additionally issue attracting electrical autos to the occasion. Locals appear reluctant to show their Teslas (sure, there are some on this enormous coal export hub). The truth that the occasion is sponsored by main power corporations firmly dedicated to fossil fuels is perhaps a part of the issue. The Gladstone Library absolutely electrical Kia Niro EV was a notable exception.
So, when my good friend Arthur Hunt advised I attend, deliver my Tess, and invite some pals, I assumed, “What an journey!” The reception, as I have mentioned previously, was implausible! Organiser extraordinaire Anna Hitchcock, Coordinator, Gladstone Conservation Council, had warned us that we might be mobbed, and we had been, even after I managed to up the variety of vehicles attending from 2 to 7. Anna had to return to the Council and ask for extra space — a very good drawback to have.
She stated that we must have deep technical information to reply the questions of the “automotive nuts and revheads” of Gladstone, and that they “could be impressed by our vehicles.” Nicely, I assumed, we’ve got Sam and Rado with us, in order that handles the technical stuff. We really didn’t appear to draw the diehard, V8 automotive buffs, and we appeared be answering regular questions round vary, charging time, and prices. She was proper about this although: We’re a bit insulated from this variation right here in Central Queensland.
There ended up being 8 electrical autos in our show — 4 Tesla Mannequin 3s, 1 Tesla Mannequin S, 2 Hyundai Kona EVs, and 1 BYD E6. Just one automotive was native. We ended up parked subsequent to Sam Moran’s 2022 Tesla 3 Efficiency — a humbling expertise for our Tess, who I now describe as an vintage (2019 construct SR +). My spouse explains that our automotive got here out on the primary fleet. (That’s, the primary fleet of Tesla transporters to Australia in 2019).
We inspired open entry to our automotive, and I don’t suppose there was a second when there wasn’t somebody sitting within the automotive. Mother and father discovered it troublesome at instances to take away their kids from the display screen.
Through the day, tons of of individuals went by the show, together with heaps and many children. The 12–25 12 months olds actually knew their stuff and performed with the display screen like execs. They had been actually excited to see the automotive and to sit down in it. After which there have been those that had been too scared to sit down in it. Fart mode received a very good exercise.
I did my speak concerning the rapidity of the uptake of EVs globally. Mockingly, I spoke after the Toyota speak on self-charging hybrids. I managed to meet up with the speaker later within the day and we had “the chat.” He clarified that Toyota’s hybrids self-charge when utilizing regen braking. Good level. He additionally knowledgeable me that the Toyota BZ4 EV shall be in Australia quickly. Even higher level. Invoice Robertson Toyota is a significant sponsor of Ecofest, and a supporter of inexperienced hydrogen, which they anticipate may have a significant position in repowering Gladstone.
Firm supervisor for noodoe Sam Moran (try his interview here) made the statement: What was slightly shocking was the dearth of a DC quick charger in Gladstone, particularly when contemplating the calibre of the power corporations with appreciable presence regionally — together with Origin, Santos, and Shell.
Some DC quick EV charging stations in Gladstone could be an important initiative to encourage the uptake of EVs regionally. Origin and Shell have been making some effort not too long ago with their exercise within the EV charging infrastructure area. If they’ll get their geese in a row, hopefully by the following Gladstone Ecofest, we’d see a brand new quick charger or two on the town.
Gladstone is a port city undergoing change. The change is from exporting fossil fuels to exporting renewables. Fortescue Future Industries is organising a large inexperienced hydrogen export hub right here to repower Gladstone. For this vibrant metropolis, the longer term is vibrant, and inexperienced.