Frank­ton Thun­der fea­tures EVS

Hamilton News - - NEWS - Ge­off Lewis

Elec­tric ve­hi­cles could well be the way to an emis­sions-free fu­ture and Frank­ton Light­ning, an ex­hi­bi­tion of elec­tric ve­hi­cles, will be part of the Frank­ton Thun­der au­to­mo­tive event in March.

The dis­play is or­gan­ised by elec­tric ve­hi­cle owner Justin Boyd, the lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the EV As­so­ci­a­tion of Aotearoa.

The Hamil­ton ar­chi­tect runs a 2015 BMW i3 rated at 22kwh which he has owned for a few years.

In the pe­riod he es­ti­mates he has trav­elled 30,000km and the elec­tric BMW has saved him the equiv­a­lent of $6000 in petrol.

A planned cen­tre­piece will be a dis­play of ve­hi­cles from the lead­ing-edge Tesla com­pany.

An ex­am­ple will be the 2017 Tes­lax owned by Auck­lan­der Greg Lind­strom. Six months ago Lind­strom took the op­por­tu­nity to by the 2017 model for $130,000 — new price was $160,000.

The gull-wing Tes­lax is fes­tooned with sen­sors, GPS, radar, li­dar, G3 in­ter­net, and can drive it­self.

“You don’t have to steer. It is par­tic­u­larly good on the mo­tor­way. It’s a bet­ter driver than I am. But you can’t go to sleep. Wher­ever the lanes split it will get con­fused. and it won’t see parked ob­jects.”

The range of elec­tric ve­hi­cles is im­prov­ing with the de­vel­op­ment in bat­tery tech­nolo­gies. The Tesla can go from Auck­land to Welling­ton with two recharges.

The two-tonne 75kwh Tesla is 4WD. Its per­for­mance is eye­wa­ter­ing. Smok­ing the tyres is a risk, Lind­strom said.

“In ‘launch’ mode it will crouch down and go from 0 to 100km in 2.9 sec­onds. It gives you a re­ally tight feel­ing in the pit of your stom­ach.”

Fel­low as­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Hamil­ton-based flight in­struc­tor Dave Gib­son will bring along his 2014 Nis­san Leaf. A Ja­panese im­port, the Leaf has key­less en­try, air con­di­tion­ing, heated seats and airbags. Its range on a charge is about 140km.

“It’s a good en­try-level EV, es­pe­cially for peo­ple who do most of their driv­ing com­mut­ing. If you’re pa­tient and plan ahead it’s a great car.”

Frank­ton Thun­der on Sun­day, March 10 in­cludes the Thun­der Cruize-in, leav­ing from the Cam­bridge race­way Tay­lor St Cam­bridge 8.30am.

On dis­play in Frank­ton will be the fa­mous Brit­ten Mo­tor­cy­cle, clas­sics, cus­toms, rods and bikes, drag ma­chines, EVS and mil­i­tary, Miss Frank­ton Thun­der retro fash­ion and swimwear, Thun­derink tat­too com­pe­ti­tion, pho­torama, mu­sic, dis­plays and mar­ket.

Photo / Ge­off Lewis

Elec­tric ve­hi­cle own­ers (from left) Dave Gib­son, Justin Boyd and Greg Lind­strom with the, Nis­san Leaf, Tes­lax and BMW i3.

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