MotorFest plugs in to the EV wave

EV exhibitors line up to display their wares at RACQ’s new-look MotorFest.

The line-up of electrified vehicles at RACQ’s new-look MotorFest continues to swell with major automotive brands and a variety of motorcycle and e-scooter companies confirmed and more being added.

The trend to electric mobility is gathering pace worldwide and Queensland is no exception, with the state’s electric superhighway and the roll-out of additional charging infrastructure making the prospect of electric vehicle (EV) ownership an enticing prospect for some motorists. 

But for many Queenslanders EVs pose more questions than answers, which is why this year’s RACQ MotorFest will for the first time include a dedicated pavilion dubbed Future Zone where the automotive industry will showcase some of the exciting new features and innovations available in the latest electrified vehicles. 

From hybrids to plug-in-hybrids, battery electrics to fuel cells, home charging stations to high-voltage fast chargers, Future Zone will showcase the new technologies that are reshaping the modern automobile.

A strong line-up of full and part electric vehicles is confirmed with more being added and organisers suggesting the allocated exhibition space may need to be expanded to accommodate the interest. 

On the two-wheeled front Neuron Mobility and Savic motorcycles will display their e-scooters and electric motorcycles respectively. 

Founded in Singapore in 2016, Neuron Mobility’s distinctive orange e-scooters are now a regular sight in cities around the world including Australia where the company is one of the leading rental e-scooter organisations. 

Savic Motorcycles is an all-Australian operation, founded by Perth-born Dennis Savic, which last year launched its Savic C-Series, the first full-size electric motorcycle manufactured in Australia.

The C-Series boasts a range up to 200km and costs from $10,999 to $22,999, depending on specification. 

The Australian-built Savic C-Series Alpha boasts the classic styling of a cafe racer yet represents the future of motorcycling with its 60kW electric motor and striking styling afforded by the deletion of a conventional motorcycle’s fuel tank, radiator, and exhaust pipes.

Savic Motorcycle

“This is a bit of a dream come true,” says engineer and founder Dennis Savic of his fledgling electric motorcycle business. 

“These motorcycles are a unique offering with the most advanced features and functionality that the materials, engineering, electronic controls, electrical technology and 3D printing can offer today.” 

On the four-wheel front confirmed exhibits include the Renault ZoE, Volvo XC40 Recharge, Mini Electric Hatch and Plug-in Hybrid Countryman, Jaguar IPace, Subaru Forester and XV Hybrids, and the Nissan Leaf. 

More vehicles are in the pipeline, including the possibility that one of the only two hydrogen fuel cell models available in Australia may make an appearance.     

MotorFest visitors will have the opportunity to get up close with the vehicle exhibits and speak with representatives of the exhibitor brands about issues like charging times, vehicle range, the difference between hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric, and much more. 

Of course, MotorFest hasn't forgotten about its roots and will continue to celebrate the chrome bumper classics, rumbling V8 muscle cars and motorcycles of yesterday, while also providing the fun, festive, family atmosphere for which it is renowned.    

As with previous years there will be free entertainment for kids, along with rides, face painting and roving entertainment. 

There will also be a wide selection of market stalls and food trucks to keep visitors fuelled throughout the day.

Anyone interested in exhibiting a vehicle is encouraged to register and submit photos and information here.

Winning entries, including this year’s outright winner, will be announced at the event. 

RACQ MotorFest 2021 

Where: Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills QLD 4006.

When: Sunday 13 June, 10am-3pm. 

Cost: Entry via $2 gold coin, contributed to the RACQ Foundation.

More info: Click here for more information and display vehicle registration.

RACQ MotorFest will be operating under an approved COVID Safe Plan. All visitors will be required to check in on arrival and provide information for contact tracing purposes.