"Amped Up"

Electric Vehicle Display and Sustainability Fair
Hosted by the Australian Electric Vehicle Association
Adelaide Branch.

This was also the Christmas breakup picnic
for the members of the AEVA Adelaide branch.

Saturday November 24, 2012
Pioneer Park
Gawler SA
(42 km north of Adelaide.)


Check out the photos below...

Last weekend saw the very successful “Amped Up” Electric Vehicle event in Gawler, sponsored by ChargePoint Australia.

The event showcased a range of home converted, as well as commercially available cars, with two Mitsubishi i-MiEVs.

On show were also electric bicycles and motor cycles. There were also demonstrations by Club Assist, the RAA and two charging bollards supplied by ChargePoint Australia.

The event was officially opened by the AEVA Branch’s President Mr Edward Booth. who talked about the growth in acceptance of electric cars, and the role they play in breaking our reliance on fossil fuels.

The event drew people from a wide area, with an electric vehicle coming from Goolwa and another from Stirling. One of the highlights was the UniSA electric vehicle TREV, that successfully competed in a round the world challenge.

Branch secretary Eric Rodda was very happy with the event.

“The event was held in the very beautiful Pioneer Park, and we were able to easily display our vehicles. We had a lot of genuine interest, with around 300 people visiting over the day and four new members signing up. There is a lot of interest in EVs around Gawler, with a number of people wanting to start on a conversion. Also, Gawler would be a prime position to have a public charging station. It would be perfect for people coming up from Adelaide and for people further north doing business in Gawler.

We are very excited about the interest in and around Gawler and would be keen to put together a support group to help anyone interested in electric cars, in particular a conversion. Overall it was a very successful event.”

The event organizers would also like to thank St Johns Ambulance for their attendance and helping to keep the day a safe event.

Thanks goes to the Town of Gawler for the use of this wonderful park.

Across the day many people at the event commented about the logical sense of owning EV now. To this end, the event provided an opportunity to showcase what is available and what is possible .
The AEVA is committed to community wide adoption of EVs. The following link sets out an argument for electric vehicles and the steps that can be implemented to make owning an EV more of a reality. SupportingEVs_SA_view.pdf

Members' food and drink vouchers.

The official poster for the event (thanks to Simon Loffler)

All of the photos below are available in hi-res, enquiries to Eric Rodda (Contact page)


AEVA Chairman, Edward Booth gives the official welcome from the highest point on the reserve.

Our major sponsor Chargepoint, supplied us with two charging bollards.
The left one is for 15 amp plugs, commonly used by EV converters and the other has a J1772 plug which most commercial EV's use.
At this stage all of the EV's were charged ready for their return trips.
Thank you ChargePoint Australia.

UNI SA's TREV and others resting in the wonderful shade, naturally supplied.

The RAA's Mitsubishi I-MiEV behind the crowd, Eric's Holden Barina (Suzuki Swift) EV Conversion and Marianne and Trevor's Daihatsu Charade EV Conversion.

Paul's Subaru Sherpa EV Conversion (Gawler) and Jason's CE Lancer EV Conversion.

Jason's CE Lancer EV Conversion (from Stirling) and Edward's Subaru L Wagon EV Conversion (from Goolwa).

Mitsubishi Australia and Club Assist display - more on next photos...

Mark Whyte from Mitsubishi was demonstrating the Mitsubishi i-MiEV
There was also an i-MiEV from the RAA on display (on charge while this photo was taken). Thank you Mitsubishi and the RAA.

EV recharging trailer manufactured by Club Assist, here in South Australia.
This is just one of many types of EV recharging trailers that Club Assist have produced. These are being supplied to motoring assist authorities all around the world. Thanks to Bob Gell.

The AEVA stand and the Gawler Regional Natural Resource Centre display  - early in the morning before it got busy.

The UNI SA TREV three wheeler EV (thanks to Peter Pudney),
Rob's Vectrix electric Scooter and Bruce's Venus electric scooter
and electric lawnmower!

Mic Chapman, (left) chatting about his "E-Mail" Honda motorbike conversion.
Electric bicycles also in view.

Mike Gent (obscured in photo) with his electric bicycles, supplying information and "test drives" to visitors.

The Gawler Regional Natural Resource Centre display - Looking at energy efficiency, dealing with used batteries, light bulbs etc, sustainable gardens.

BBQ and drinks supplied by the Gawler Gymnastics group
Yummy! - Thank you.