The Australian Electric Vehicle Association was formed in 1973 by a group of motivated engineers who were looking to share ideas around electric transport. Oil prices were skyrocketing, and alternatives to petrol and diesel were in need.
The AEVA's core purpose was to provide a friendly public forum where anyone could learn about electric mobility. At a time when you couldn't just buy an EV, the AEVA was the go-to place for everything you needed to know about converting vehicles to electric drive.
Originally an incorporated association, the AEVA is now a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee. A board consisting of 7 directors, one from each state or territory branch, oversees the strategic direction of the association as a national body. Our branches run events, host workshops and are the centre of action.
Meet the AEVA board for 2022-2023:
Dr Chris Jones (WA) - President.
Chris has been a member of AEVA since 2010, when he first enquired about building an electric motorcycle. Since then he's built a faster one, several e-bikes and converted a car as well. Active in the WA branch committee, Chris also served as national secretary from 2016 to 2021. Based in Perth, his day job is lecturing in applied engineering at South Metro TAFE, and he is an Adjunct at UWA and Curtin University where he advises FSAE e-racing teams on safety and design. Other recent occupations include battery technician, research chemist and post-doctoral researcher. He sees equity in electrification as a key goal; finding ways of moving as many people, and as much stuff on electricity as possible.
Jude Burger (ACT) - Vice President
Michael Day is National Treasurer of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association, a role he has held for the past 12 years. He has an Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering and 15 years’ experience in the design and conversion of electric vehicles for himself and others. Michael is the product management lead for professional media at Telstra, and has worked extensively in the broadcast communications sector. Apart from having a compulsion for electric vehicle projects Michael has a passion for improving awareness and dispelling myths about EV ownership, as well as performance EV construction and modifications.
Les Smith (QLD)
Tom Singer (VIC)
Jon Ettershank (TAS)
Michael Poll Jonker (SA)
Appointments and other roles:
Warwick Cathro - National Secretary
Rob Hills - Webmaster
Christopher Walkden - Assistant webmaster
Jamie Lovick - Membership Secretary