Good place to go green

You can drive the lat­est eco ma­chines, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - On Road -

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

‘‘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.

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