TAKING OFF: Tesla S owner John Russell shows Alternative Technology Association member Jill French how easy it is to charge an electric car.
TAKING OFF: Tesla S owner John Russell shows Alternative Technology Association member Jill French how easy it is to charge an electric car. Contributed

New expo has all you need to know about electric cars

WHETHER it's a top-of-the-line electric BMW or a more conservative electric bike, Toowoomba drivers have been taking up the relatively new technology with enthusiasm.

It's a trend noticed by Toowoomba's Alternative Technology Association, which has a number of members with electric and hybrid cars.

The group recently masterminded its first Toowoomba Electric Vehicle Expo to give other residents a closer look at what it's all about.

There will be various makes of vehicles on display such as BMW, Tesla, Nissan as well as electric bicycles.

Owner John Cox says his BMWi3 is terrific to drive.

"It is the quietest, quickest and best-handling car I have ever owned," he said.

"And the first service is at 100,000 kilometres!"

Rob Brodribb has owned his electric bike for 18 months and rides around Toowoomba on it.

He has chalked up 3500km in that time, with no parking issues and no fees.

"It's a great option for older people to maintain their fitness and build strength but still easy on the knees," Mr Brodribb said.

John Russell has done 78,500km in his Tesla S, mainly between Toowoomba and Brisbane and around the city.

He said the car exceeded his expectations and was so impressed he placed an order for two more for his business, Russell Mineral Engineering.

The expo will also incorporate a series of presentations by owners about buying and running electric vehicles.

These will include the intricacies of charging EVs and even looking ahead to driverless vehicles.


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