Australian Capital Territory Branch
We would welcome your membership to AEVA. Once you are a member you'll get regular email newsletters. Make sure you nominate the ACT as your home branch. As an AEVA member, you can attend a Know Your EV workshop for free.
New Vehicle Efficiency Standard
The Australian Government is seeking feedback on the design of the proposed New Vehicle Efficiency Standard. Individuals can make submissions and these consist of a short questionnaire that takes only a couple of minutes to complete. Have your say here by March 4.
Next 'Know Your EV' workshop
Two groups of AEVA-ACT members were fortunate enough to tour the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) electric vehicle workshops and see what the CIT is doing to train the automotive workforce to maintain and work with electric vehicles.
From its inception in 2021 it now has 50 students across all stages of the four-year apprenticeship with the first Australia qualified apprentices in Electric Vehicle technology graduating in 2024.
Quotes from Dave Keeley CIT Head of Automotive.
"Canberra leads the charge when it comes to the uptake of Electric Vehicles and so it's fitting that CIT has led the way when it comes to delivering this innovative training. We continue to attract students from all around the country”.
"This course in Electric Vehicle technology in collaboration with Tesla is ground-breaking," Dave said. "It's a great example of CIT working with major industry to identify skills needs and deliver quality training that can uplift the national workforce.”
A summary of previous activities of the ACT Branch, including photos of some events, may be found here. Events are also usually posted to Facebook.
Over 7,000 EV registrations in the ACT
As of 26 February 2024, the ACT has 7,080 registered EVs.
This represents over 2.1% of the total number of registered vehicles.
More detailed statistics on ACT vehicle registrations are available.
Who we are
We are the ACT Branch of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA). We are a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting electric vehicle technology (including cars, trucks, buses, bikes and scooters) in the ACT. Our members include early adopters and DIY enthusiasts who have converted petrol cars to EVs. Our key motivations include cutting emissions and decreasing Australia's dependence on imported fossil fuels. We celebrate the fact that EVs are cleaner, quieter, safer and more reliable.
We aim to promote the uptake of EVs in Canberra. We do this in a context of government support. The ACT Government has a set of policies supporting the transition to zero emission vehicles, and our Branch is working with the ACT Government to encourage this transition.
Our Branch Committee
Chair: Ben Elliston (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary: Darryl Bourke (email@example.com)
Treasurer: Kate Armstrong (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director: Jude Burger (representing ACT on the National Council)
General Committee members: Peter Campbell, Richard Czumak, Peter Lyons.
Anyone seeking contact details for other members of the Executive should request them from the Secretary.
Our meetings are opportunities to share ideas among our members, to hear from guest speakers, to plan events, and to share information on technical matters.
Our General Meetings are usually held on the third Monday of each month, at 7pm at the Harmonie German Club.
Our next meeting will be held at 7pm on Monday 18 March 2024. Note: The April meeting has been moved to 22 April.
All members attending these meetings are asked to become members of the Harmonie German Club ($5 annual fee).
February's meeting included presentations from Warwick Cathro on his MG4, and Malcolm Street on his drive to Perth for the AEVA national conference.
AEVA members can access the agendas and minutes of recent monthly ACT Branch meetings. You will need to sign on and to have the status of a financial member in order to view these documents.
Forum and Facebook page
AEVA also has a national Facebook page for information of national sigificance.
The AEVA Forum is where many topics are discussed among members all over Australia. This is a great place to ask your questions!
Influencing government policies
The ACT Branch advocates for electric mobility in the ACT and, as a very active branch, contributes to AEVA advocacy at the national level.
In February 2024, the ACT Branch contributed to this short submission to the Federal Government's final round of consultation into the New Vehicle Efficiency Standard (formerly the Fuel Efficiency Standard).
In 2023, the ACT Branch was invited to join the Evoenergy energy consumer reference council.
In May 2023, the ACT Branch made a significant contribution to the development of AEVA's national submission on fuel efficiency standards to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts.
Also in May 2023, the Branch issued its recommendations for public EV charging infrastructure in the ACT. This document replaced earlier versions issued in 2021 and 2022, and included recommendations to support the needs of drivers with disabilities.
Work from previous years has been archived.
Resources developed by AEVA ACT
Articles written by AEVA ACT members may be found here.
For more information on the ACT Branch please e-mail email@example.com.