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Rob Shorrock has shared his experience with his own hybrid vehicle – a Holden Volt and also done some research on what other hybrid vehicles are currently available in Australia. Read all about it here.
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Look out for the SHASA Coordinator scooting around in a Nissan Leaf
SHASA are promoting electric vehicles by having our very own Nissan Leaf. It has a 40kWh battery and up to approximately 270km range. Come and say hello and ask any questions you like. So far, 40 people have had a test drive with 5 then purchasing their own EVs and another considering a hybrid. It’s certainly fun.
The Electric Vehicle Future is Here
There is a global revolution underway as internal combustion engine cars are being replaced by electric vehicles. In the first quarter of the year in 2020 Tesla became the best selling car in California outselling fossil fuel cars from both Honda and Toyota. Excitingly there are also Australian manufacturers who are entering the market to produce electric vehicles. The number of EV models available is increasing rapidly to meet customer demand and EVs are being produced by most of the major car manufacturers. The NRMA have summarised where EVs are up to in Australia in several articles in their latest magazine. Read the NRMA articles here. While the Australian uptake is still small, around the world, the uptake is much greater in places like Norway where about 50% of cars are electric.
Benefits of Electric Vehicles
- Less greenhouse gas emissions even when using coal-generated electricity.
- Saving about $1300 per year on fuel costs and about $300 on annual maintenance costs.
- Less air pollution
- Less noise pollution
- Break our dependence on foreign oil
Charging your Electric Vehicle at Home
You can charge your electric vehicle by just plugging in to your own powerpoint at home for a slow charge. Or, for a faster charge, you can have a charge point installed at your home. SHASA/MESA are offering the following new product – the EO Mini Pro Smart EV Charge point (click on the image below for a 2-page brochure):
- Charging Speed: 7kWSingle Phase 32Amp (40km of driving per hour of charge)
- Plug Types Universal socket, Type 1 or Type 2 Tethered (Model dependent)
- Solar Charging to maximise clean energy consumption
- Dimensions 175mm x 125mm x 95mm
- Indoor and Outdoor Rated [IP66]
- Integrated DC Fault detection
- Overload integrated protection
- Free Smart Phone APP
- Energy Metering & EV Tariff Integration
- Warranty – 3 Year replacement.
- 1 Solar CT, 20m of RS485 Data Cable included for installation
- Requires a Wi-fi connection or ethernet.
- Meets Australian Standards [AS3000]
Track and adjust power consumption from your fingertips. Use the APP to find EV tariffs and to set your solar settings. Business tools and energy monitoring for company car drivers & for tax purposes. The EO Mini Pro has energy balancing for energy restricted homes especially in the hot Australian summer. The Mini Pro senses energy limitations in your home and can adjust your charging speed. Start, stop and schedule your charging sessions all from the palm of your hand. Monitor energy usage and manage access to your electric vehicle charger using our iOS & Android smartphone app. Charge your vehicle with clean energy for less. The EO Mini Pro 2 links into any solar panel system with the solar matching functionality.
Solar Car Charging
Do you have Solar Panels on the roof or are planning to add some in the future? The EO Mini Pro can charge using solar panels to decrease your charging costs and utilise green energy to charge your electric car. Solar charging your electric car in multiple modes with any solar panel or invertor brand. The system works by using CT clamps to measure the excess solar generation of the home and then match the charging speed to take advantage of solar rather than exporting to the grid. This essentially allows your vehicle battery to become a solar sponge and importantly reduces your cost of charging. For battery health the system will always deliver a minimum of 6A to prevent the charging session turning on and off excessively which can lead to battery damage.
Compatible with all Type 2 electric vehicles and models including but not limited to: Audi, BMW, BYD, EQC, Holden, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mini, Nissan 2019 +, Polestar, Renault, Rivian, TESLA, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo. Supplied, installed, and fully commissioned to turnkey status; free site appraisal and fixed quotation available on request. Please contact MESA on 0410 790 616 for further information.
Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Locations of your nearest electric charging stations can be found here:
NRMA Fast Charging Network
To support the transition to electric vehicles in and around the Eurobodalla, the NRMA has installed electric fast-charging stations in Berry, Bateman’s Bay (behind the Visitors Centre) and Bega. Further installations are being planned.
Micro Energy Systems Australia (MESA) – Bodalla Charge Point
is Electric Vehicles Canberra’s local Eurobodalla / South Coast agent for Sales and Installation services, phone 0410 790 616. MESA have an electric vehicle charging point located at the front of their business on the main road in Bodalla. They are inviting anyone to present a receipt from a Bodalla business to then be able to plug in and charge free!
Looking for a New or 2nd Hand Electric Vehicle?
Buy Local – Ion Dna is based in Canberra and sells both new and second hand EVs. Details as follows:
- Electric cars and motorbikes here
- Electric scooters and skateboards here
- Importantly, they also offer servicing and repairs. Contact here.
|The Good Car Company imports second hand Electric Vehicles from Japan. Details as follows:|
- Watch some videos on the vehicles and how they operate
- For more information, read their FAQ page and Blog Posts.
- For more details on the various models available visit here
Interested in More Information?
A great Australian website on Electric Vehicles is The Driven. Check it out here.
The Transport for NSW website also has a section on Electric Vehicles. Check it out here.