The Fonzarelli 125 is Australia’s first electric scooter - 100% Australian owned and designed. Fonzarelli Managing Director and lead design engineer Michelle Nazzari, joins Beyond Zero's Michael and Niels to discuss her zero emissions city scooter.
Following the ATA's EV expo, we continue the theme with electric bicycles. Rebecca Lee from Melbourne company REV-Bikes provides electric bikes and conversion kits designed to get people riding bikes where they otherwise wouldn’t. REV-Bikes and 'REVbecca' encourages the use of recycled bikes for conversions,
David Metzke from Dyson Electric Bikes explains that an electric bike or e-bike utilises a battery powered electric motor to assist the rider when required, like when accelerating, climbing hills or pedalling into head winds. This is a pedal assist type, compared to a throttle type e-bike. As with a regular bicycle, they are completely legal to ride without a drivers' licence (or any other licence for that matter), even on bike paths. And, don't forget the added benefit of free parking!
Test drive the Tesla Model S Electric Vehicle with Heath Walker, Marketing and Communications Manager for Tesla Motors - Australia, based in Melbourne. Heath takes Beyond Zero's Niels and Michael through a mouth-watering ride through engineering evolution and sustainable transport that is the Tesla Model S. Unlike a gasoline internal combustion engine with hundreds of moving parts, Tesla electric motors have only one moving piece: the rotor. As a result, the Model S is the fastest 4-door sedan ever built, achieving 0 to 100kmh in 3.4 seconds! This performance has been achieved with the Dual Motor version of the Model S which has two motors - one in the front and one in the rear, which efficiently, digitally and independently controls torque to the front and rear wheels.
Other technology features include the 17 inch integrated touch screen, autopilot and over-the-air updates, which mean the car and features can only get better! Other advantages are the low cost of ownership, boot storage, front trunk storage, flat floor in the rear and more.
The Model S has a rated 500km range which overcomes the range anxiety generally associated with electric cars. Tesla have recently made 10,000 deliveries for the quarter world wide. They have committed to installing Superchargers - The World’s Fastest Charging Station - from Melbourne to Sydney so Tesla owners can charge their cars for free!
Heath also talks about Tesla's plans worldwide, with the construction of the Gigafactory, the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant. Heath is passionate about sustainable transport and technology, and has an interesting story about how he sought after a job with Tesla. Currently with 30 - 40 employees in Australia, Tesla is expanding now!
Byron Shire – in the northern rivers region of New South Wales – is aiming to become the first region in Australia to become “net zero emissions”, with a goal to reduce emissions from energy, transport, buildings, waste and land use to zero within 10 years.
The push by Byron mayor Simon Richardson means that Byron Bay will be the first town or council in Australia to adopt the master-plan created several years ago by the think tank Beyond Zero Emissions.
Project manager Hayden Smith leads Sunswift, a team of University of New South Wales (UNSW) engineering students, undertaking a most ambitious goals: Making eVe the Southern Hemisphere’s 1st road legal solar passenger car. The team has been working hard in the hopes of officially registering with the Roads & Maritime Services as early as March 2015. Making eVe road legal is a huge task requiring a major redesign and rebuild of almost every aspect of the car. The resources and engineering effort required is considerable and Hayden and the team ran a successful crowd funding campaign to .
Sunswift eVe is the fifth generation solar car designed and built by the UNSW Solar Racing Team, Sunswift. Built for practicality, speed, and endurance, eVe is the embodiment of Australian innovation and design. Originally created for the 2013 World Solar Challenge – Cruiser Class, eVe sets a new standard for sustainable transportation, offering high performance, efficiency, comfort and style – all powered directly from the sun.
The Tesla Model S launch earlier this week marks the beginning of electric vehicle technology becoming commonplace in Australia. Add to that the trends we are seeing in electric bicycles and motorbikes, and it is clear that the electric transport revolution is well underway.
Photo: Sam Parkinson
Passenger vehicles currently contribute about 7% per cent of Australia’s total CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions; with a shift to electric vehicles powered by renewables this could be eliminated. Beyond Zero Emissions, an Australian-based, not-for-profit climate change solutions think-tank, is currently developing a zero carbon plan for personal transport.
New research by Beyond Zero Emissions, referenced by Ross Garnaut at the recent Melbourne Economic Forum, details what it calls “the vast gap between Australian government projections and the realities of trade in a carbon-constrained global economy”.
Announcements from the US, China and India prior to the G20 meeting made clear that international markets are moving away from fossil fuels, including countries that are key importers of Australia’s coal and gas.
Beyond Zero's Vivien and Jane talk to Brad Shultz, organiser of the Brisbane launch for the ZCA High Speed Rail report. Speakers at the launch will discuss the technical, economic and social issues relating to high speed rail in Australia. Speakers included Stephen Bygrave, CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions, and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters
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Through the Zero Carbon Australia (ZCA) research project, public engagement program and the Zero Carbon Communities (ZCC) inititiative BZE is encouraging climate change policy and action that is in line with the latest science and the Paris Agreement's mandate of peaking emissions as soon as possible.
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