Electric ve­hi­cles on dis­play

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - RACHAEL COMER

Pupils of Ti­maru’s Sa­cred Heart School got up close and per­sonal with the sub­ject of their lat­est class study on Wed­nes­day.

Year 7 and 8 pupils from the school were treated to a visit by electric ve­hi­cle owner Martin Kane , fit­ting in with the class’ electric ve­hi­cle fo­cus for the term, and In­ter­na­tional Drive Electric Week which be­gan on Septem­ber 9.

Kane spoke to pupils and was asked a se­ries of ques­tions be­fore show­ing off his electric car.

Pupil Olivia Walker, 12, was in­ter­ested in what was un­der the bon­net of the car.

‘‘It’s the first time I’ve been up close to an electric ve­hi­cle,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s got a tiny en­gine and cool stuff in it.’’

Class­mate Cory Pren­dev­ille, 13, said he’d like to go for a ride in the ve­hi­cle.

While Petelo Faha, 13, was keen to see how the car ‘‘per­formed’’.

All agreed they would like their par­ents to buy a sim­i­lar car.

Kane said he pur­chased his first electric ve­hi­cle in 2015.

‘‘It came time to change cars and I heard some­one talk­ing on the ra­dio about estab­lish­ing charg­ing net­works for electric ve­hi­cles all over New Zealand.

‘‘I thought an electric ve­hi­cle was go­ing to be ca­pa­ble of ev­ery­thing I needed so I took the plunge, bought one and I’ve never re­gret­ted it.’’

He liked his car as it was quiet, cheap to run, and he was sup­port­ing New Zealand’s own en­ergy rather than spend­ing money on over­seas en­ergy, he said.

While electric ve­hi­cles were still a less com­mon sight on New Zealand roads, Kane ex­pected that to change.

‘‘I think they will be­come more nor­mal once we have a good se­lec­tion of se­cond-hand ve­hi­cles avail­able.’’

He en­cour­aged any­one who was think­ing about chang­ing their ve­hi­cle to con­sider an elec- tric one. ‘‘They are great.’’

He was of­ten asked to speak about electric ve­hi­cles and said

‘‘When­ever a schools asks me to, I’ll go and talk’’.

In­ter­na­tional Drive Electric Week was marked in Ti­maru with a dis­play at the Ti­maru Farm­ers Mar­ket on Satur­day, fol­lowed by a test drive ses­sion at Caro­line Bay.

Pupils, from left, Olivia Walker, 12, Cory Pren­dev­ille, 13, Petelo Faha, 13, and Sam Jones, 12, check out an electric ve­hi­cle.

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