Opening address by Cr Michelle Kleinert, Mayor of Manningham
Opens the Seminar, welcomes delegates to the event and briefly talks about Councils sustainability policies, advocacy for emissions reduction and electric vehicle promotion. Duration – 10 minutes
Cr Michelle Kleinert is a long-term resident of Manningham and has been a Councillor of Manningham since 2012, serving as Mayor in 2016-17 and again in 2021-22.
Passionate about Manningham’s open space and our vibrant and connected community, Cr Kleinert believes in supporting local business in addition to community clubs and our youth. With a focus on bringing the community together with a positive message all can relate to, Cr Kleinert is committed to shine a light on the ‘be kind’ message as we reconnect with one another post the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In her first term as Mayor, Cr Kleinert led the charge to establish a youth mental health outreach service for Manningham with headspace Hawthorn. She is currently the multicultural ambassador for Mental Health Foundation Australia and holds a mental health first aid certificate. Cr Kleinert has a long-standing relationship with Bully Zero and is currently involved in a project to air on TV in late 2022.
Introduction and Background to the Seminar Series by Brian Negus
Brian is passionate about the use of smart technology to improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of all modes of transport. He is a Director of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Chairman of the CICA (Collaborative ITS Consulting) Group, Director, and Ambassador of Intelligent Transport Systems Australia. Brian was awarded the ITS Australia Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 and inducted into the ITS World Congress Hall of Fame in 2019.
Brian has been a member of the ITS Australia Board, since 2007, and was President for six years, from 2011 to 2017. He represents Australia on the ITS World Congress Board of Directors and was the Chair of the Organising Committee for the ITS World Congress held in Melbourne in 2016. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Templestowe since 1985 and served in several Board roles, and as Club President in 1992-3 and 2020-21.
Seminar Session 1 - 11.15am - Electric Vehicle Technology and Charging, Chair Brian Negus
Talk Topic: Electric cars-moving to a Euro model in a wide brown land
Presenter: Geoff Gwilym, CEO Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce
The automotive industry is at the frontier of its biggest change in 100 years. Whilst electric vehicles bravely entered the automotive stage at the turn of the century, a cheap and readily available source of oil meant the internal combustion engine took the lead role. Today the environment and government policies are the makers of the new global movement to electric vehicle fleets.
How does Australia align its policies to a global shift in mobility platforms, do we have the infrastructure to enable a fully electric fleet and how will the current automotive skills base adapt to meet the requirements of new mobility platforms. What are the dangers in trailing many countries in their adoption of EVs and will Australian become a dumping ground for high Co2 emitting vehicles? Geoff Gwilym will raise these, and many other questions facing Australia’s automotive industry and offers reflections on what is currently happening with EV fleets in international markets.
Talk topic: Guide to Understanding and Buying Electric Vehicles in Australia
Presenter: Bryce Gaton, EV Choice Consulting and RENEW
Bryce Gaton will explain the basics of EVs and their charging technology along with the advantages, disadvantages and use cases for each EV type - and why it matters that the Australian general public is ill-informed about the coming EV Transition.
The talk then moves to detailing the current (and coming) Australian options for buying new and second-hand battery electric vehicles.
Talk Topic: Electric Vehicle Charging at Home and on the Road
Presenter: Zoran Bravo, Community Engagement Manager, JET Charge
Zoran Bravo has been driving electric vehicles of all shapes and size for the greater part of 10 years and has amassed well over half a million kilometres in the process.
Here he hopes will explain some common misconceptions around charging at home and out in public and how small habits can have a lasting impact during EV ownership.
Known for living on the bleeding edge, Zoran will also speak on some emerging solutions coming to the EV landscape.
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