Electric Vehicle Show was held on Friday and Saturday 21st & 22nd September 2018
The action-packed 2018 Electric Vehicle Show brought together in one large showcase, electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, clean energy technology, and advancements in alternative transport options.
This year HVEVF partnered with AiGroup to run the EV Show as part of the 2018 Greater Hunter Makers & Technology Festival at Newcastle Jockey Club, Darling St, Broadmeadow, NSW, with the show is running alongside the other festival activities. Friday was the Business Visitor and Schools day and Saturday was open to the public. Visitor entry was free on both days.
The Hydrogen powered Hyundai Nexo at 2018 EV Show
We had an invigorating Festival with the combined makers Festival and the Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival Show attracting some 700 attendees on Friday 21 mainly for businesses and schools and more than 1000 attendees on the Saturday which was open to the general public. The festival had over 80 to 90 exhibitors both indoors and out. For the EV Show exhibitors we had an array of TESLAS with owner drivers providing free rides to the public. This was hugely successful on both days of the festival.
We also had hobbyist and businesses exhibiting electric bikes and motorbikes and sharing their knowledge with the wider community. The TESLA rides were a fantastic experience for those dreaming of owning a Tesla. Of course we had more affordable range of alternatives in the Hyundai exhibits. Hyundai displayed both their EV offerings, the Hyundai Kona (soon to be released for public sale) and the hydrogen powered Hyundai Nexo. We had consistent crowd levels and beautiful weather on both days of the event and the kids in the community were engaged in building their solar car and testing it on the track to watch the sun power their mini solar cars.
Our appreciation to Adrian and Cherilynn Price for collaboration between the Makers Festival and the EV Show. It has been an invaluable partnership and we appreciate the support from the AiGroup for this positive event for this region and the University.
2018 EV Show
A bit of fun at the 2018 EV Show - A Dancing Tesla
Electric Vehicle Panel Discussion
On the Saturday we had an expert panel discussion organised by Colin Seeger at short notice and was led by Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts. It was a thought provoking session with James (TESLA Owner) giving us a perspective of an owner driver identifying day to day issues breaking new ground. He also shared that it is now possible to travel around Australia in an electric vehicle as Tesla Owners have developed a map of Australia with all the connecting charging stations. We had Hyundai providing alternatives at a more affordable price tag such as the Kona and the challenges and opportunities of the Hydrogen Fuel cell vehicle as a longer term alternative to the electric vehicle. Our panellist from Hyundai Hee Loong Wong (Wongy) predicts that the Hydrogen fuel cell is the longer term alternative due to battery limitations. Dr Gary Ellem our futurist on the panel talked about the strategies that our politicians need to adopt in moving forward towards electric vehicles and onto autonomous vehicles as way forward for the future that would address stability and security issues. George Parry representing Beyond Zero Emissions predicted that by 2025 the internal combustion engine (ICE) will no longer exist to be replaced by electric vehicles. George later added that at the current rate of battery development entry level EV’s with 300km range will be cheaper than entry level ICE vehicles by 2023 - 5 years from now. ‘Battery costs have fallen 1000% in 15 years. They only need to drop another 50% or so to trigger an unstoppable tsunami’. The Gigafactories currently under construction should achieve this. ‘Once the battery is cheaper than the $6,000 ICE drive train with its 2000 moving parts there’ll be nothing left to fight over.’
EV Show 2015
Many thanks to Bill Collison for these photos