Smart car recharges in Air­lie

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MARC Tal­loen ar­rived in Air­lie Beach on Fri­day morn­ing and left fully charged.

Mr Tal­loen owns a Tesla S85 elec­tric car and has em­barked on a mis­sion to drive from his house in south-east Queens­land to Cape Tribulation and back in a bid to pro­mote the ben­e­fits of his sleek ride

He and his wife de­cided to use Air­lie Beach as one of the recharg­ing points along his elec­tri­fy­ing jour­ney.

“There are two as­pects of my trip,” he said.

“One is a good hol­i­day. The other as­pect is I want to ... mo­ti­vate peo­ple to buy elec­tri­cal cars and (pro­mote) re­new­able energy to prove to them you can start to move around over big dis­tances. The tech­nol­ogy is avail­able.”

While here, Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil briefed Mr Tal­loen on RATCH Aus­tra- lia’s plan to build a $100 mil­lion so­lar pho­to­voltaic power sta­tion in Collinsville.

“From what I’ve heard about the Collinsville pro­ject it sounds very good,” Mr Tal­loen said.

“Us­ing ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture that was there, that’s per­fect.”

ELEC­TRIC: Marc Tal­loen, Green Energy Tech­nolo­gies' Kon Fla­herty, coun­cil­lor Jan Clifford and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Ken McLough­lin ad­mire Mr Tal­loen's Tesla S85 on Fri­day.

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