UWA REV project gets GULL support

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UWA REV project gets GULL support

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GULL COMMITS TO RENEWABLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE RESEARCH
Perth 23 March 2009 – Gull Petroleum announced today that it has committed to
supporting The University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Renewable Energy Vehicle
(REV) project.

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The REV project is an initiative to design and develop environmentally sustainable
technologies for future transportation. REV has already developed a plug-in, allelectric,
commuter car by modifying a Hyundai Getz. REV is now developing an
electric sports car using a Lotus Elise.
Wayne Ferrell, Chief Executive of Gull Petroleum says that the involvement with the
REV project is further proof of Gull’s commitment to finding sustainable alternatives
to traditional fuels such as petrol and diesel.
Gull has long been behind cleaner fuel initiatives and reducing reliance on
hydrocarbon based fuels.
“We are determined to be a leader in contributing to the development of alternative
and sustainable forms of energy,” says Ferrell.
While electric cars are not new, recent advances in battery and motor technologies
make electric cars an increasingly viable alternative to petrol cars. However, ongoing
research in battery and controller technology, and network infrastructure to support
electric vehicles still needs to be supported at all levels.
“Gull likes the fact that emission-free power generation for charging the vehicles is
an important part of the REV strategy. As we know, power generated by burning
fossil fuels would only shift the pollution problem elsewhere.
“Sustainability is a major focus for Gull’s business on both sides of the Tasman. Gull
is committed to raising public and government awareness of the need to support
sustainable transportation and fuels,” says Ferrell.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson welcomed Gull's support for UWA's
Renewable Energy Vehicle (REV) project.
“The University is committed to research that tackles global environmental issues
and develops innovative solutions. The research by our Professor Thomas Bräunl
and his student team in producing a zero-emission electric vehicle in 2008 shows
UWA's leading role in this area," says Robson.
"We look forward to continuing collaboration with Gull on solutions to global
environmental problems."
Gull is an innovator in the transport sectors of both New Zealand and Australia and
were the first to introduce low sulphur diesel and biofuels. Gull is now focusing on
the next generation of fuels for personal transport.
The Getz car is on display to delegates at the Greenhouse 2009 Conference in Perth
from 23rd to 27th March and is planned to be on display throughout the year at Gull
service stations in Western Australia, motoring and sustainability events and schools
to raise awareness about sustainability.
ENDS
Note to editors – a hi-res photo of the Hyundai Getz is available on request.
For more information please contact:
Wayne Ferrell, Chief Executive Officer, Gull Group, Ph +61 8 9366 4700
Karl Mischewski, Sustainability Champion, Gull Group, Ph +64 21 864 515
Janine MacDonald, Media Manager, University of W.A. Ph +61 8 6488 5563
Jason Marocchi, GRA Everingham Ph +61 0421 005 765
Julien Leys, JML Communications, Ph +64 9 358 2828, Mobile +64 21 655 598
About Gull
Gull Petroleum was founded in 1976 with a single service station by a group of
business people in Western Australia who saw the potential for an independent
supplier. Rationalisation by the major oil companies at the time offered Gull the
opportunity of obtaining sites considered unviable by the multi-nationals. Adherence
to a philosophy of low cost management, prudent investment decisions and a
carefully planned marketing strategy enabled Gull to increase its number of outlets to
thirty-five by 1984, when ownership of the company was consolidated with the Rae
family. Without much fanfare, Gull has expanded its network of over 130 service
stations.
In 2006 Gull built and commissioned a biodiesel plant operating under the name
EcoTech Biodiesel and subsequently became one of the first companies in Australia
to retail biodiesel. 2008 saw the addition of the Peak group of service stations to the
Gull group of companies.
Gull has become a serious player, offering a real choice for motorists in an extremely
competitive market. The company remains today a fully family-owned operation.
The Gull Group of Companies has grown from a small business to a modern,
dynamic organization, focused on sustainable and environmentally viable solutions
for peoples fuel needs in the Australian and New Zealand petroleum industries.
Furthermore, through Gull’s aggressive marketing approach, a planned increase in
market share will herald the strengthening of the Gull name in Australia and New
Zealand.
Gull in New Zealand
Gull started operations in New Zealand with the building of a state of the art terminal
in Mount Maunganui in 1998. Tanks were relocated from Marsden Point by barge, a
feat the opposition said was “impossible”. Gull made the first retail sales of petrol in
1999 and has grown the network to 35 branded sites. Gull was the first company to
introduce low sulphur diesel to the New Zealand market bringing environmental
benefits well ahead of the opposition. In August 2007 Gull again set new
environmental benchmarks for the industry with the first retail sale of Gull Force 10,
New Zealand’s first biofuel, 10% ethanol mixed with premium gasoline giving higher
octane and cleaner performance. Gull is the only independent oil company operating
in New Zealand and is credited with keeping the fuel market competitive and giving
savings to the Kiwi motorist.
For more information please visit www.gull.biz
The REV Project
The REV project is a student and faculty of Engineering, Computing and
Mathematics research initiative to design and develop environmentally sustainable
technologies for future transportation. REV has developed a plug-in electric
commuter car by modifying a Hyundai Getz and this year will develop an electric
sports car using a Lotus Elise.
Each car is 100% electric and powered by recyclable lithium-ion batteries and
produces no emissions. It also uses electricity generated from renewable sources to
charge the vehicles batteries.
For more information please visit www.theREVproject.com

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acmotor wrote: is planned to be on display throughout the year at Gull
service stations in Western Australia, motoring and sustainability events and schools
to raise awareness about sustainability.


Nice! A fitting place to display EV's to the public! Image

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Is that a wind up key sticking up behind it

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gpsnettrack wrote: Is that a wind up key sticking up behind it
No, silly, it's a power conductor like dodgem cars have.
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I've just been told that this thing was at the sustainable living show thing this last week(end?) answering questions and all that. Did anyone else see it, or take their EV down?
I'll drive an electric vehicle one day.

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