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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
Life on the move For the first time, a fully electric car –the Mitsubishi i-MiEV – is available to consumers in Tasmania. Its release coincides with the R ACT examining the upgrade of its breakdown fleet to cater for the specific needs of electr ic cars. R ACT is also considering providing an electric vehicle recharge facility at its Hobart headquar ters. Electric cars represent a form of travel which is carbon neutral, and rhetoric on the Plug me in environment can be matched by real action. So, now that this new env ironmentally friendly option is readily available, it’s time for the Government to start thinking about the introduction of fast recharge stations in Hobart and Launceston to support the use of electric cars. The first such ‘ser vice station’ for electric cars was opened in Adelaide late last year. It provides electric vehicles with a charge to 80% capacity in less than 30 minutes, with a 50% charge completed in less than 12 minutes. Previously, an 80% recharge took around six hours. While only the i-MiEV is available at present, other electric cars, such as the new GM Volt and the Nissan Leaf, are less than 12 months away from their Australian debut. The RACT believes that state and local gover nments need to lead the introduction of fully electric cars in Tasmania by investing in infrastructure that encourages their use. What the RACT is suggesting is neither new nor revolutionary – Westminster Council in London established two street re-charging points as long ago as 2006, to complement 48 free charging stations found in 13 of the council’s car parks. Lindy George reports on the new Mitsubishi i-MiEV October / November 2011 31 We have clinics in: Hobart, Rosny, Kingston Beach, Glenorchy, Launceston, Devonport with regular visiting services to many other areas www.audioclinictas.com.au FREECALL 1800 057 220 FREE HEARING AIDS FOR PENSIONERS Prepare to be surprised The latest range of digital hearing aids provide astonishing results - delivering crisp, clear sounds to help everyone enjoy conversations, TV & radio again! Take advantage We are an accredited provider of free hearing aids & services to all eligible Pensioners under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program. Ask us how to apply today - conditions apply. 5% OFF* across the store *Excludes advertised specials & benchmark trade specials as displayed in store. Call 6234 3021 95-97 Brisbane St, Hobart. Opposite K & D Warehouse
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