Hosted by Border Regional Electrification Events & Kilowatt Cars
Welcome to the Electrification Tent, a new space at the festival where knowledge sparks and sustainability charges up! An educational and immersive space dedicated to exploring the world of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Electrification for Sustainability.
Discover the future of transportation as our expert speakers guide you through the transformative journey of electric mobility. From the fundamental principles of electric vehicles to the cutting-edge technologies driving sustainable transportation, our talks cover a wide spectrum of topics to enlighten and empower attendees.
This tent is a dynamic hub where curious minds can engage with passionate leaders, industry experts, and environmental advocates. Learn about the environmental benefits of electrification, including reduced carbon emissions, cleaner air, and a greener planet. Delve into the latest advancements in battery technology, charging infrastructure, and the integration of renewable energy sources to power the electric revolution.
All session go for approximately 45mins.
PANEL: Russell Klose - Kilowatt Cars
Chris Dahlitz - REVOLT (Riverina EV Owners Likers Testers)
Edwin Higginson - EV Specialists
ELECTRIC VEHICLES - MYTHS AND STANDARDS
Are EVs a cleaner option for the environment?
Are they an affordable option for the average householder?
What sort of a fire risk are the EV batteries?
What is the Life Cycle of an EV battery?
Can EVs tow a trailer?
What should I look for when buying an EV?
Are there Australian Standards for EV Operation, Maintenance and Repair?
Who do I see if my EV breaks-down?
Can I charge it if I'm totally off-grid?
Have your questions answered and myths debunked in an open and honest Q&A style discussion with Russell Klose from Kilowatt Cars (used Nissan Leaf importer) and Chris Dahlitz from REVOLT (Riverina Electric Vehicle Owners & Likers Testers group) as they share their extensive knowledge and expertise on the evolving industry of sustainable transport systems.
SUNDAY 11.30 AM
Simon Noble - Rutherglen Landcare group
Alastair Tame - Field Master Systems
DRONE TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Discover how drone technology is being used for surveying and mapping, spraying , seeding, assisted hunting, emergency response to reality capture and everything in-between. With personal success stories from a regional farmer using his own drone.
With paddocks being a bog from recent floods and vehicle access nigh impossible, Simon Noble was still able to sow, and grow his crop well ahead of time with the aid of his latest versatile farm friend, the agricultural drone. Listen to Simon's amazing personal success story of how he overcame natural farming barriers with the application of drone technology on his property near Rutherglen. And there is more to learn about what else drone technology can do to assist us in managing otherwise difficult and expensive farming operations, from the CEO of Field Master Systems, Alastair Tame.
John Warnock - EVolution & MyEnergi
Bobbi McKibbin - Solar Integrity
INTEGRATING AN ELECTRIFIED
CAR AND HOME
In this enlightening session, we delve into the latest innovations that empower homes and businesses to harness the full potential of locally sourced renewable energy. Our expert speakers will guide you through smart systems designed to optimize energy consumption, storage, and selective distribution.
Learn about cutting-edge technologies that seamlessly integrate solar panels, wind turbines, and energy storage solutions, providing a roadmap for individuals and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable energy landscape.
Delving deeper into the conversation, we address the pivotal question: "When should you consider a home battery?" Uncover the key factors that make home battery systems a strategic investment, from energy independence during power outages to maximizing the use of excess renewable energy generated on-site. Our discussion will empower you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about adopting home battery technology, contributing not only to personal energy resilience but also to the broader shift towards decentralized and sustainable energy practices.
Additionally, we'll explore the exciting frontier of future systems that seamlessly integrate electric vehicles with home energy infrastructure, creating synergies that enhance efficiency and sustainability across both sectors.
PANELISTS: Denis Ginnivan, Rob Carolane, Liz Pascoe, Helen McGowan
THE EV OWNERS' STORIES
Come along to this personal chat with four great panellists and learn how different people from different backgrounds have stepped out of their comfort zone for their own personal reasons, leaving behind the old true, tried and trusted ICE [Internal Combustion Engine] vehicle for the new eco-friendly EV [Electric Vehicle].
Did they make the wrong choice and have a 'Mulga Bill' experience [who stepped off his horse to bravely try out his first ride on a penny farthing bike], or did they come off with only minor bruises and challenges on which to report back, or did they survive totally unscathed, and in the end with a big smile with no regrets?
Learn from EV owners what motivated them to buy an EV, their initial concerns or worries about stepping into a new era of transportation, and their final resolve as EV owners.
Michael Shaughnessy - EV Council
Rick Molloy - AEVA
CHARGING NETWORKS & CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE
A snapshot of regional infrastructure and how to prepare your journey.
Join us for an engaging exploration of the cutting-edge landscape of Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Networks and Charging Infrastructure in Australia. As the automotive industry undergoes a revolutionary shift towards sustainability, the role of charging infrastructure becomes increasingly pivotal.
Our speakers are seasoned experts in the field and private EV drivers, they will dissect the current state of EV charging networks, shedding light on the challenges, innovations, and opportunities, and talk you though planning ahead for long trips.
Bobbie Dunlop - Envirostream
A CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR LITHIUM BATTERIES
As we move towards an electric future, to be truely sustainable we need to be prepare to deal with the waste generated. Envirostream Australia is the first onshore company to offer mixed battery recycling in Australia and Bobbie Dunlop will be joining us with an educational talk about a circular economy for lithium batteries.
Each year, more than 300 million batteries are thrown away with ordinary household waste, meaning a staggering 8,000 tonnes end up in landfill. More and more, though, people are realising the importance of recycling batteries instead. Doing so reduces the amount of finite natural resources used in the production of new batteries and, importantly, prevents contamination of soil and groundwater with the toxic substances these items contain.
Come along to this talk to find out where we're heading in Australia and how we can make a clean transition to Electrification.
Matthew Charles Jones - Totally Renewable Yackandandah
Heath Shakespeare - Indigo Power – Project Manager
Sam Johnson - DEECA (TBC)
How we got an EV Charger in our small town.
Want to get an EV charger in your town? How can you make this possible?
Hear from the masterminds behind the establishment of an EV charger in Yackandandah Victoria - a regional town with a population of just 1,113). Totally Renewable Yackandandah initiated, raised funds and project-managed the installation to support the transition to clean transport.
How did it come together? What are the main benefits. What were the hurdles along the way. Are there issues still to be resolved. What funding is available for small towns to leverage?
Edwin Higginson - Australian Electric Vehicle Specialists
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CONVERSIONS
Creating an EV Circular Economy
Australian Electric Vehicle Specialists brings the latest EV technology from around the world, along with the know-how to help turn your dream into reality.
With the Electric GT kits direct from the USA, they have been designed to fit a wide range of classic cars and built to look amazing as well as provide the performance you want.
Why buy a new electric car when you can convert a classic car of your choice, improving its performance and giving it a whole new life?
Tom and Francis Brodhurst-Hill - Private Tesla Owners
"We sold our house and went road tripping through NSW, Queensland and Victoria, Australia."
In December 2022, Tom & Francis sold their house in NSW and set off on a road trip in their new EV – a Tesla Model 3 standard range. It was going to be two months, but they were still loving it a year later. Come along and hear their great stories and find out what's possible in an EV in Australia.
Kelsie Williams & Atienne Bakker - Farmers 4 Climate Action
Brian Wilson - UBCO Electric Motor Bikes
POWERING PROGRESS TOGETHER
On-farm renewables and electrification: Discover how renewables and electrification technologies are transforming agriculture in northern Victoria. Get a glimpse of the future as we delve into the world of electric bikes and machinery.
Join us for a casual information session about regional renewables and on-farm electrification and find out what's possible.
Kathleen Davies - Sustainability Advocate & AEVA member
REDUCE PERSONAL IMPACTS -
HOME RETROFITTING & EV’S
"Get More from 74 - Retrofitting our 1974 family home from 2 to 7 stars."
Kathleen Davies and her family started a long and imperfect journey toward more sustainable living in 2006. In this talk Kath and her family will share a warts and all story of her DIY home retrofit that took their house from a 2 to 7 star energy efficiency rating with consideration for waste, water, and energy. In doing this, they not only reduced their environmental impacts they have drastically reduced their electricity bills, and even receive cash back in summer.
Kath also took up driving an electric vehicles early, having one since 2012 she'll shares her stories on the difficulties of being ahead of the game as the supporting infrastructure and policies lag to catch up.
PANEL - Marissa O'Halloran - Sustainability Officer [GCS]
Edwin Higginson - Australian Electric Vehicle Specialists
Sam Niedra - Sustainability Officer, Indigo Shire
Seymour EV Buslines (TBC)
Cars and Heavy Vehicle use in commerce
Insights and learnings about the transition to an EV fleet from the Greater City of Shepparton.
Working solutions for transport companies that want a zero emissions fleet now.