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$150 to Drive Right Around Australia

Sylvia Wilson drove around Australia in an electric car. It cost her $150.90.

Wilson, 70, a retired farmer from near Biloela in central Queensland, had planned the trip of a lifetime with her husband, Rod. One impulsive evening in mid-2016 they went online and, sight-unseen, bought a Tesla S75 electric car for the journey.

A few months after Rod died last year, Sylvia announced to her family: “I think I’ll do that trip.

“Most of them were really keen. A couple of them said ‘you’re mad, you’ll never do it’,” Wilson told Guardian Australia.

[The Guardian - 11 Sept 2018]

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EV Beats Ferrari Off the Mark

Electric gained the upper hand against petrol, at least initially, in a drag race at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell yesterday.

A Tesla Model X electric vehicle (right) surged ahead at the beginning of a race against a Ferrari 488 (left),  the Ferrari only catching up later in the race.

[Otago Daily Times - 10 September 2018]

[Photo Simon Henderson]

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Tesla tops Ferrari in drag race

A Tesla Model X left a Ferrari 488 in its dust during the early stages of a friendly drag race at “The Hare and Turtle” Drive Electric Week event at Cromwell.

[Geoff Dobson - EV Talk - 10 September 2018]

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Tesla Proves More than A Match for Ferrari

The muscle of a super-charged Italian Ferrari was challenged against the quiet efficiency of a Tesla electric in Cromwell this weekend. Sunday's sprint at Highlands Motorsport Park gave the public a chance to see whether electric cars really do match the hype that surrounds them.
[Simon Henderson - The News - 13 Sep 2018]
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EV Gather in Whangarei for IDEW2018

Oscar Boyd,10 thinks EV's are good for the environment and the future of cars.
He's with Rachel Wansbone Customer excellence Manager at Northpower at the EV gathering at Whangārei's Growers Market.

Whangārei, the country's Friendliest Electric Vehicle town, launched Drive Electric Week with a convoy of EVs at the Whangārei Growers Market on Saturday.

[Northern Advocate - 11 Sept 2018]

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Electric SUV Mummies-car Slays Ferrari Supercar in Unofficial Race

A 16-month-old thrashed family 7-seater has thoroughly beaten a racing car off the start line at the Highlands Motorsport track. The friendly race had professional drivers in both vehicles at the International Drive Electric Week event in Cromwell on Sunday.

It came as no surprise to the Tesla fans in the crowd, although I'm sure there were some doubts amongst others.

The Ferrari seemed to almost catch the Tesla as it reached the straight line finish, although some claim this may be because electric vehicles can slow just as quickly as they can take off.

The event was organised jointly by FlipTheFleet and the Dunedin EV Owners Group and proudly supported by #LeadingTheCharge.

Electric Vehicles are no strangers to racing, with the overall winner at Pikes Peak, an EV this year as well. Meanwhile, Formula-E is gaining in popularity with speeds becoming almost comparable to Formula One. This is especially so amongst the younger generations apparently because the format suits interactive crowd participation.  The #LeadingTheCharge campaigners are also no strangers to EV vs Petrol racing, with a similar race between a Tesla Model S squarely beating a McLaren supercar four times in a row at Ardmore track, even when the Tesla was carrying an especially great political guest.

There will be another EV track day shortly. This time in the North Island at Hampton Downs racetrack on 7 October, hosted by the Electric Vehicle Association of Aotearoa.

[Rachelle Tilsley - Better NZ Trust - 10 Sept 2018]

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Yoogo Share IDEW Special Deal

If you'll be in either CHRISTCHURCH or AUCKLAND during IDEW: Don't Miss This!

Better NZ Trust has discovered that Yoogo Share are offering a super discounted IDEW rate. Not only that but following on from their astounding success in Christchurch, they've now officially opened their new branch in Auckland.

Yoogo Share are offering their private members a special $10 nightly rate for Intl Drive Electric Week. This means you can drive one of their BMW i3 or Hyundai IONIQs from 6pm to 8am for this great discounted price.

https://www.yoogoshare.co.nz/drive-electric-week-2018

Yoogo Share is currently free to join with no membership fees – To sign up head to yoogoshare.co.nz and make a booking.

Yoogo Share access cards are needed to drive their cars – these cards are your key to drive the pure EVs. Cards usually take 5-7 working days to arrive via mail, however for Intl Drive Electric Week Yoogo Share can speed up this process – just give their team a call on 0800 GO SHARE and they’ll get an access card to you in time for your booking.

What more could you ask of them? A great deal with an unbelievably low overnight price. 

So great that I'm going to try it out myself.

 

[Rachelle Tilsley - Better NZ Trust - 9 Sept 2018]

#IDEW2018 #IDEW #LEADINGTHECHARGE

 

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Introducing Our Newest Champions

 

What is a #LeadingTheCharge Champion

The EV community in NZ is a passionate collection of people who want to share their EV enthusiasm with the rest of the world. 

They live with the benefits and enjoyment that comes from owning an EV and as good Evangelists want to let other people experience that enjoyment too! These people often join #LeadingTheCharge as volunteer members, as a way of cohesively promoting EV in a big way, rather than lots of individuals doing their own thing.

The “Better NZ Trust” has members living up and down the country, but in each region there is a stand-out local Champion (or two) who either regularly puts their hand up to organise EV events in their area under the Trust umbrella, or supports the Better NZ Trust in some other substantial way. Our Champions are early adopters of EV (many were pioneers) and give a huge amount of their time and care to Champion the Cause of EV through education, displays, events, etc.

And by using the Better NZ Trust umbrella, they can access our collateral, financial support, advice and wider audience. The Trust, in turn, receives its support under its EECA mandate and from its generous sponsors. The Trust was set up by the original EV Champions in NZ, and the current Trustees continue to volunteer their time.  

 

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Evolocity Electric Wheels Festival Coming to Hamilton

 

Don't miss Hamilton's first-ever electrically charged Festival – celebrating the acceleration into our lives of E-vehicles!

Held in partnership with the Waikato Engineering Careers Association and Waikato EV Owners, the EVolocity Electric Wheels Festival, is coming to Kartsport Track, opposite the airport, Saturday, September 29.

The festival includes the Waikato regional finals of EVolocity, the electric vehicle secondary schools competition. Executive Director Rob McEwen says EVolocity Waikato has thirty-nine teams competing from 21 Waikato schools this year, more than any other region in New Zealand. "But, it's not just the number of schools and teams, it's the Waikato attitude and determination which sets them apart from the rest."

 

E-vehicle drivers and enthusiasts group, #LeadingTheCharge, will be on hand throughout the day offering rides in a range of different model electric vehicles.

Robert Nicholls from the Waikato EV Owners group believes the Electric Wheels Festival is an excellent opportunity to get a feel for the latest in electric vehicles. "Visitors will experience riding in a variety of EVs such as Tesla, BMW i3, Hyundai Ioniq, Nissan Leaf – all in one place."

 

MeloYelo electric bikes will also be on show throughout the day with information as well as offering e-bike test rides. MeloYelo is a social enterprise donating a percentage of its proceeds to the nationwide EVolocity programme in schools.

So what do EVolocity teams do?

Each year, EVolocity equips the teams with an electric motor kit, batteries, a range of competition categories and some technical regulations. Assisted by the University of Waikato and Wintec tutors, teams take part in three half-day tutorial sessions with the ultimate goal of building an E-vehicle to compete in either the 2-wheel or 3+wheel category. Events include drag racing, street circuit, gymkhana, and innovation.

Mike Duke, who holds the Gallagher Chair in Engineering at the University of Waikato acknowledges the EVolocity Youth programme is, in his opinion, the best scheme in New Zealand to promote engineering in Secondary Schools. "Students are becoming more actively involved in exciting projects."

 

Gates open at 9 am, and entry is free.

 

For more information contact Rob McEwen: rob.mcewen@evolocity.co.nz or 021 728 875

 

[Robert McNicholls - #LeadingTheCharge - 5 September 2018]

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