Good place to go green
You can drive the latest eco machines, writes Paul Gover
ANYONE considering some form of green power for their next car should head to Docklands this week. Everything from the baby battery-powered Mitsubishi iMiEV to the locally made Toyota Camry Hybrid will be on the road as part of the first major Australian roadshow for green machines.
The line-up includes diesel cars with Audi, BMW, Citroen, Ford, Hyundai, Mini and Volvo badges.
Seventeen models from nine brands will be involved in test drives at the inaugural Melbourne Green Zone event.
It’s likely to be the forerunner to similar events across Australia with about 2500 test drives available to anyone interested in sampling electric, hybrid and diesel power.
‘‘The best thing is there is no pressure to buy. This is not a sales event,’’ says one of the prime movers in Melbourne Green Zone, John Kananghinis.
‘‘It’s an event for ordinary car owners who want to see where green motoring is going. We’ll also have some corporate events with our commercial supporters including Shell, Michelin, the RACV, AAA and EPA.’’
Melbourne Green Zone has been in the planning stage for more than a year and many of the test drives are already booked, though some are still available through www.greenzonedrive.com.au
‘‘The brief is purely to provide education to the public in a no-pressure environment and in an objective manner,’’ Kananghinis says.
There is also a static display area with a variety of zero-emission and lowemission vehicles, with descriptions of various technology, as well as industry experts.
The event is based outside the Fox Classic Car Collection in Collins St and all test drives are run on a short route through Docklands, and runs from tomorrow until next Friday.
Operating times are from 9am7.30pm tomorrow and Sunday, and from 8am-6.30pm from Monday to Friday. Test drivers must have a full, valid driver’s licence.
Test the best: some cars involved in the Melbourne Green Zone demonstration.