Saturday Seminar – Victoria’s Transition to Electric Vehicles

Tutor/Facilitator Kevin English

Date: on/from Sat 17 Feb 2024 to Sat 17 Feb 2024
Frequency: Single Event
Class time: 2:30-3:30

Delivered ZOOM

Other information

To watch the seminar click here on the day at 2:20pm for a 2:30 start.

Presenter: Kevin English
Facilitator: Libby Smith

The transport sector accounts for 25% of Victoria’s total carbon emissions with a target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. A large part of achieving this target will be to replace most internal combustion engine vehicles with electric vehicles. In addition to addressing climate change issues, the transition to electric vehicles will also improve urban air quality and reduce noise pollution. Topics covered in this talk will include:

  • a brief history of electric vehicles (much longer than many people might think)
  • the current status: an overview of what is available from the cheapest to the most expensive; hybrids versus full electric; international comparisons
  • charging options and issues with EVs
  • potential role of hydrogen technologies
  • ongoing developments, including battery technology
  • current status and developments in self-drive cars
  • the now defunct Victorian electric vehicle road-user tax
  • practical experience of owning and operating an EV

The presenter, Kevin English, is a long term U3A Port Phillip member and electrical engineer. He will draw on his personal experience of owning and driving a Tesla Model Y vehicle for more than 12 months on both short and long trips.

The facilitator, Libby Smith, is also a long term U3A Port Phillip member, a tutor and an electric vehicle enthusiast.

To see the beautiful flyer created by Margaret Byron, click HERE.

This seminar is open to all U3A Port Phillip members and subscribers and to the general public.

As there are limited numbers, please book in below.

This is an online live seminar, presented as a webinar on Zoom.

If you have not yet used Zoom, you will need to download Zoom onto your device in advance- click here for instructions.

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