Thanks for coming down!
I might take this opportunity to thank everyone from the Perth branch who came along and helped out today. We blew last year's numbers out of the water, with nearly 1000 people through the door and almost all of them getting a test-drive opportunity, and almost certainly a ride in a Tesla.
I want to particularly thank Ant Day, Mitch Bisby and Richard Baird for all of the organising in the lead-up to Electrikahna. Michael Dent and Mark Winstanley must be thanked for spending so much time on the front line, getting sunburnt and losing their voices directing queues. Bruce Armstrong, Graeme Gordon, Graeme Eddington and Paul Wilson did an amazing job on the front desk checking tickets and taking door sales, while the RAC DTEC's James Shaw, who had only planned on being there for the morning but stayed all day, did a great job of making sure we had what we needed, when we needed it. Rob Mason, James Kunz, Steve Gates and David Langridge for working the barbecue, and fetching more supplies... twice!
Great to see Regina Flugge promoting the RAC Electric Highway during the day, and making sure potential EV buyers knew what was just around the corner for the spring holiday road trip season. Which will coincide with the EVA AGM quite nicely
Our members who provided their own cars deserve special praise, especially Brian Mollan, Len Bunn, Joseph Law, Bruce Armstrong, Richard Baird, Frank Lister, Matt Kemner, David Lloyd and Marc Loveridge.
Auto Classic BMW must be thanked for providing the static displays of the amazing BMW i8 and the i3, as well as a second i3 for test-drives. Massive thanks also to Daryl Robertson and Mark at Shacks Holden in Fremantle for providing a 2013 Volt for test-drives; it was out on the track all day thanks to the huge efforts of Leo Kerr riding shotgun.
We're very grateful for Leah Worthington at Melville Mitsubishi to have sent a sales rep (who's name escapes me) and a PHEV Outlander which was easily one of the busiest queues all day.
Sam Tomkins and Michelle Nazzari must be thanked for bringing their Zero SR and Fonarelli scooter respectively, ad offering up so many test-rides throughout the day. It's a shame we couldn't get more bikes and scooters out on track but the DTEC has rules about bikes and cars... Funny cause we ride with cars every other day. Rod Dilkes and Jamie from EV-Power kept it interesting with their electric go-kart, while Rodney DeBettencor made sure there was at least two e-bikes on ofer which could probably outrun a few of the cars!
Epic, huge, fantastic effort by everyone - I suspect Electrikhana is now the biggest electric vehicle event in the southern hemisphere!
Now, if Nissan Australia are reading this thread, which I doubt, but all the same you might want to pay attention. We had a thousand people
turn up and pay $10 to test drive electric cars, of which there was only two Leafs, generously provided by private owners Brian and Len. There is a HUNGER for EVs in this country you simply cannot ignore. People have moved on from seeing electric vehicles as a quirky oddity to a genuinely viable option. Pull your finger out and start bringing in some 2015 Leafs!
Ladies and Gentlemen, the electric transport revolution has not only commenced, but is so far advanced, oil might as well bow out. Get used to it, and get excited!