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er­at­ing their own ctric­ity. ‘‘We have al­ready our bill in half. We can use solar panel to power the car we can set it to recharge and

off-peak elec­tric­ity at ht. We use (elec­tric­ity) ectly dur­ing the day then d back what we don’t use.’’ o top up the car’s bat­tery, y use a charg­ing sta­tion alled by power sup­plier Ori­gin rgy as part of a com­pe­ti­tion y won. ‘‘We are sur­prised by how lit­tle we have had to charge it. We as­sumed that we would have to charge it at the end of each day but we have had to charge only once or twice in a week. It won’t start charg­ing un­til the mid­dle of the night, and it’s all con­trolled on the iPhone and it’s so much more con­ve­nient than go­ing to a petrol sta­tion.’’

For $2 worth of elec­tric­ity, the Hares es­ti­mate they can drive 150km.

Mau­reenShel­ley

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