The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) hosted the Australian Electric Vehicles Association (AEVA) annual conference earlier this month. Held from August 5-7 and comprising a conference with gala dinner and 2 days of exhibitions, the event was designed to provide knowledge on current and emerging electric vehicles in the market. Customers and guests were able to access leading electric vehicle companies and leaders as well as transition support organizations from Australia and around the world. They have been informed of the benefits that can be obtained for the environment, the hip pocket and our way of life.
AEVA is the oldest and most active electric vehicle owners association in the world, formed in 1973. They have previously held successful conferences and exhibitions in Brisbane (2018) with over 7,000 through the door and in Sydney (2019) where more than 1,000 individual journey tests took place, with drivers experiencing the EV smile.
Participants were welcomed by ACT Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Shane Rattenbury. He noted that the ACT has the highest per capita use of electric vehicles in Australia. This is likely due to the Green Party’s progressive policies: zero stamp duty, two-year registration fees, and interest-free loans of up to $15,000 when buying a zero-emission vehicle. The ACT government recently announced that it will ban the sale of new ICE vehicles by 2035. This territory has set an example that all Australian states may soon follow.
More than 30 exhibitors presented products ranging from light vehicles and charging solutions to caravans and gardening equipment. With a gala dinner, panels and guest speakers, there were plenty of opportunities to network and seek information.
During the two days of the exhibition, around 8,000 people attended. The professionalism of the organization contributed to the success of the event. The conference led directly into the exhibition and the information sessions continued throughout.
Politicians have spoken from the heart with passion about the need to increase the number of electric vehicles on Australian roads and what could be done.
Sam Moran from Noodoe Participated in roundtables, adding expertise to address strata securities pricing infrastructure challenges. Sam commented: “I was impressed that so many educated, talented and smart people are working to solve the problems and remove the barriers to charging and using electric vehicles.”
Next year, AEVA plans to hold its conference in Perth. Maybe we’ll see you there?