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Australia: Power up for a clean tech ride

The Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival is on again in 2012, bigger and better than ever.
This is the second year the festival has been held in the Hunter in what is growing as a significant regional event.

The festival is organised each year by the Tom Farrell Institute at the University of Newcastle as part of its efforts to support the growth of clean tech industries in the Hunter.

This year’s festival convener Dr Gary Ellem said the event had picked up some great partners and major sponsors, including Newcastle City Council, the Newcastle Herald, ABC1233 Newcastle, Ausgrid Smart Grid Smart City, Port Waratah Coal Services and NuCoal Resources.

To be held from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, August 18, the Electric Vehicle Festival is free to the public and includes the “Amping up Transport” electric vehicle science show, the appearance of three different makes of electric supercars, electric superbikes from the TTXGP series, the first appearance of the Holden Volt in NSW and the NRMA electric vehicle display, as well as a whole electric train and free harbour tours by the Solar Sailor. There will also be entertainment, rides and food available to make it a great day out for the whole family.

Across the Hunter more than 20 schools have also been busily building electric bikes to compete in the NuCoal Schools EV Endurance Prize. This prize is held as part of a full electric vehicle race day that also includes the Hunter TAFE Open EV Endurance Prize and the ME Program Pole Position Prize.


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