Festival of 2009
About 6,000 to 8,000 people visited the inaugural National Electric Vehicle Festival held in Canberra on 3-10-09. The (all electric) Tesla Roadster, which can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds, strutted its stuff. Two working Detroit Electrics (1915 & 1917) turned up and rumbled around to show that EVs are not new. There were electric racing cars, go-carts, bikes, scooters, bicycles, tricycles and even the two wheeled Segway. Most encouraging were the (ex-petrol) cars that had been converted into fully electric vehicles by their proud owners – and registered. Isn't it amazing that some enthusiasts can achieve in a few months what the big motor makers spend years just spinning their wheels – pretending to do.
Videos from Ric, a South Australian AEVA member who visited the festival: