What to do at the EV Expo

Moving Well | Tim Nicholson | Posted on 12 March 2019

Check out and test-drive the latest electric vehicles at Melbourne’s EV Expo.

If you need an indicator of the growing interest in electric vehicles over the past decade, then the expansion of Melbourne’s EV Expo should give you an idea.

The first expo, at Swinburne University in 2013, attracted a few hundred people. Last year 6000 punters walked through the gates of the Melbourne International Karting Complex in Port Melbourne to glimpse the latest in EV tech, and even more are expected at this year’s event, on this weekend.

white nissan LEAF driving with Sydney skyline in background

The 2019 Nissan LEAF.

hand charging nissan leaf electric vehicle

Charging the Nissan LEAF.

renault zoe driving down the track at the ev expo

Test drive the Renault Zoe.

Expo spokesman Sasha Shtargot says the profile of the attendees has changed quite a bit in the past six years. 

“It is definitely now a more ‘mainstream’ crowd,” he says. “Last year, a lot of car enthusiasts who were not necessarily specifically interested in green transport turned up because of the ‘buzz’ about electric vehicles, the fact that they are new and exciting, and they wanted to test drive them. Also, because of the rise of Tesla, last year many Tesla owners came in their vehicles.”

Attendees will be able to check out the latest in EV charging technology, and there is a comprehensive program of guest speakers. Car manufacturers and dealers will display EVs that are on sale in Australia, and some will be available for test drives on the track.

There is a lot to see and do at the EV Expo, so we’ve pulled together our top five things to check out:

  1. The Swincar e-Spider: Take a test ride in an intriguing off-road electric vehicle that doesn’t damage the environment.
  2. Leaf, Zoe and Ioniq: Test drive the latest all-electric cars on the market, from Nissan, Renault and Hyundai.
  3. Wiebe Wakker’s Plug Me In Project: Wiebe Wakker is a Dutchman who has driven 70,000 kilometres from the Netherlands to Australia in his ‘Blue Bandit’ converted electric Volkswagen to demonstrate the reliability of EVs. He will be a guest speaker at the Expo.
  4. Show ’n’ Shine competition: From the electric Batpod motorbike to a solar-powered Suzuki and one-wheeled skateboard, the Show ’n’ Shine is a colourful look at weird and wonderful converted EVs.
  5. Electric charging infrastructure: Check out the technology that will be keeping EVs on the road. 

2019 Electric Vehicle Expo

Melbourne International Karting Complex, Port Melbourne (corner Todd Road and Cook Street).
Saturday 16 March, 9am to 4.30pm.
Tickets $10 via evexpo.org.au or at the gate.
On-site parking is available, and a free shuttle bus will run all day between Southern Cross Station and the complex.