PREVIEW: Melbourne’s EV Show 2023 starts tomorrow

    This weekend, Melbourne’s convention & Exhibition Centre will play host to one of the biggest EV shows Australia has ever seen.

    While Sydney hosted the Fully Charged Live Show back in March, it’s now Melbourne’s turn to showcase what EVs really have to offer. While only 6 months apart, a lot has happened on the EV scene during that time, with EV penetration continuing to accelerate, with many more, often lower cost EVs now available.

    Melbourne’s EV Show 2023 will provide attendees with a great opportunity to get up and close with a wide variety of EV models, have their questioned answered and see watch a long list of presentations and panel discussions from big names in the EV space.

    The 3-day show kicks off tomorrow and runs through Sunday, but before tomorrow’s launch, here’s a sneak preview of what’s inside.

    In this photo of the Expo floor, we get a sense of scale, this large space will be filled by thousands of patrons over the weekend, keen to get eyes on with their next car.

    We can see the vast array of automakers represented at the show including the Cupra, Fiat, Hyundai, Kia, Audi, Puegeot, McLaren to name a few. If you look carefully, you’ll notice a Tesla in the lower-right of the photos and possibly one of the most exciting vehicles yet to be released in Australia, the Kia EV9 in the far left.

    Those savvy observers will recognize that not not all of these are EVs, with McLaren offering hybrid drivetrains.

    In the next shot, we get a closeup look at the Formula E vehicle from ABB. While Australia continues to wait to get a round on the FIA Formula E calendar, this will be the first time most Aussies will get a chance to see one of the futuristic race cars in person.

    Finally we have the all-electric Peugeot e-2008 in Vertigo Blue. This car offers up to 328km (WLTP) of range, 100kW DC fast charging which gets you from 0-80% in 30 minutes and the 100kW electric motor is powered by a 50kWh battery pack. The car is priced from A$59,990 plus on-road costs. While the company opened pre-orders earlier this year, you’re unlikely to have seen any on the road at this point.

    There will also be a range of charging providers attending the EV Show, helping potential EV buyers answer some of the most common questions around charging at home and charging on road trips.

    There will also be all electric personal mobility devices on show, including EBikes and e-Scooters.

    General Admission tickets cost A$32.00 for adults and kids 15 years and under get in for free.

    I’ll be heading to the show on Saturday, hope to see you there.

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    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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