Electric vehicles on show at Toowoomba expo

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Toowoomba will get a first-hand look at the future of mobility when it hosts the EV and E-Bike Expo.

Organiser Mark Tranter said it was a great opportunity for anyone interested in electric vehicles (EVs) and e-bikes to learn more about the future of mobility by talking with dealers and owners.

Mr Tranter expects more than 30 EVs to be on display at the expo at the Cobb & Co Museum on 29 August.

“Owners will be on hand to answer questions, plus we will have a local dealer who sells Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and MG models and a gentleman from Brisbane who retro-fits vehicles to electric,” Mr Tranter said.

“It will allow potential buyers to speak to current owners and salespersons about the benefits and costs of owning an EV. 

“There will also be specific presentations about autonomous driving, e-bikes, using solar power to power your EV and much more.

The expo will also feature a series of guest speakers discussing a range of EV and energy-related topics.

“We want to spread the news about electric vehicles to get people into them and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr Tranter said.

“People can see what the future of motoring is and what it’s like to experience the joy of driving electric vehicles.”

This will be the second expo of its type held in Toowoomba, five years after the original event, and Mr Tranter expected it would attract visitors from as far as Brisbane.

“There is incredible interest in electric vehicles at the moment,” he said.

“We got about a thousand people five years ago and I think we'll get two or three times that number this time.

“We were at the cutting edge in 2016. There were still electric vehicles around, but they were very rare whereas now people are seeing them all the time and they're saying `that must be a real thing, I'd like to find out more about it’.”

The expo is run by the Toowoomba branch of Renew, a national not-for-profit organisation which aims to inspire and assist people to live sustainably in their homes and communities, and is supported by the Toowoomba Regional Council.

Mr Tranter is Renew’s Toowoomba branch Convenor.

Toowoomba EV and E-Bike Expo

When: 29 August, 9.30am-3.30pm.

Where: Cobb & Co Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba.