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Electrikhana - Drive Electric Vehicles Free (Image: City of Adelaide)
With climate change becoming a looming issue in our daily lives, many of us are doing what we can to reduce emissions from fossil fuels. Solar panels are widely used in homes all around Adelaide, cutting our reliance on fossil fuels for power generation.
While the use of motor cars continues to grow in South Australia, there's an increasing awareness that electric vehicles are not just something for the future - they are here already, and prices are tumbling to make electric cars more affordable to the average person. The range of electric cars is steadily rising, while car charging power points can be found in lots more locations too.
Drive a BMW I3 Electric Car Free at Electrikhana (Image: TTTNIS)
Unfortunately there are few incentives from the federal government to encourage ownership of electric vehicles, but state and local government are doing their best to encourage this growing industry. The use of electric cars, e-bikes and scooters is spreading rapidly - particularly in the City of Adelaide.
On Sunday 20 October the South Australian branch of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association are holding the FREE Electrikhana event at The Joinery in Adelaide. It's a day for interested members of the public to experience electric cars: you can drive or ride in one free of charge, look at models that are currently on the market, ask questions about them, and learn how they will benefit you and the environment.
Lime Scooters in Adelaide - Popular Electric Vehicles
You can see and ride in the latest models of electric vehicles available. With the battery ranges improving, faster charging and more models becoming available, now is a great time find out more about electric vehicles of all kinds.
At Electrikhana you will see displays of the latest models of electric cars, motorcycles, e-bikes and scooters, and hear expert talks. Models on display include Tesla Model X and Model 3, Hyundai Kona and Ioniq, Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Mini Countryman, Renault Zoe and Kangoo, along with older models and EV conversions plus a new prototype ACE cargo van proposed to be assembled in Adelaide.
The Stylish UniSA Electric Car Seen Previously at The Joinery
Electric vehicles are quieter and have fewer or no exhaust emissions compared to petrol-powered vehicles. When charging from solar power, an electric car can have almost zero greenhouse gas emissions. How good is that for reducing the effects of climate change?
Try an electric vehicle for free this Sunday at The Joinery from 10am until 4pm, where they have been actively promoting environmentally friendly alternatives since the Future Transport Festival in 2015. Just remember that you will need to visit the booking website to pre-book your rides and drives.
The Poster for Electrikhana Free Electric Vehicle Expo
The bookings are for an hour timeslot, and you may select the Electric Vehicle to drive or ride while you are in the final queue. Each drive/ride takes about 15 minutes. Instructions will be emailed to you after you book.
To complement the displays and information stalls, there will also be a number of free seminars to hear.
Professor Hubertus Jersmann (respiratory surgeon) will speak on health benefits for all of using electric cars
Brynn Williams - SA Power Networks and the effects of electric vehicles on the grid
SG Fleet - electric vehicles in business and their EV adventure from Sydney to Adelaide
Australian Electric Vehicle Association - EV owner experiences of owning, commuting and touring with an EV in Australia.
It could be thirsty work with all that talking, so luckily there's coffee, tea and cakes available at the Joinery from Cafe2U while Papa's Gourmet Hotdogs are selling their special sizzling sausages. Free drinking water will be supplied all day by Rowater Australia
Find Electrikhana at The Joinery, 111 Franklin Street Adelaide this Sunday 20 October from 10am – 4pm. It's a free event, so bring the family too. Afterwards, take a look around The Joinery at all the other groups working to help our environment, and help stop climate change.
This event is supported by The City of Adelaide, SA Government Dept of Energy & Mining, SG Fleet and Carbon Neutral Adelaide.