The growing popularity of electric vehicles (EV) in the face of high petrol prices was a major drawcard for the 1200 people who attended last weekend’s Circular Living and EV Show n Shine events at Geelong Showgrounds.
Vicki Perrett, president of event organiser Geelong Sustainability said “with petrol prices so high, people are discovering that electric vehicles may cost more upfront, but they have significantly lower running and maintenance costs. Powering your car from your own rooftop solar has major benefits for your household budget and the environment.”
Three EVs (a MG, a Nissan Leaf and a Tesla) were available for test drives around the arena. These free test drives were extremely popular, with more than 30 people having their first zero emissions driving experience. The dozen local EV owners displaying their cars were kept busy sharing their experiences and answering questions.
More than sixty-five people took an e-bike for a spin around the grounds. Post ride, many were convinced an e-bike would be a worthwhile purchase to lower travel costs and emissions Ms Perrett said.
Event coordinator, Jess Hobbs was delighted that the event was almost waste free with many people bringing their own reusable cup or using one supplied.
“Tallying waste at the end, there was only one kilogram of recyclable items (mainly milk bottles) and a mere 250 grams of material that went to landfill,” Ms Hobbs said.
Councillors Jim Mason and Anthony Aitken attended the Show, which was supported by a City of Greater Geelong Environment Sustainability Grant.
The Council also displayed a Kangoo e-van and a ride-on e-mower from its growing electric fleet.
Staff from the Council’s Anakie compost facility gave away more than 100 sample bags of premium compost.
The Show was inspired by the Geelong Circular Living Challenge (GCLC) that’s being delivered by Geelong Sustainability in partnership with Circular Economy Victoria. The GCLC is an eight-week challenge aimed at introducing the Greater Geelong community to the circular economy.