It may seem strange to attend a car race without the explosive “vroom” factor, but that’s exactly what supporters of electric vehicle racing on Mount Panorama want.
Bathurst Community Climate Action Network (BCCAN) have launched a survey to register support for the concept among race goers and the wider community. The survey was launched at the Bathurst 6 Hour race, over the Easter weekend, with the majority of respondents saying they are generally “positive” about the concept.
Tracy Sorenson from BCCAN said “there was genuine interest in concept of an electric car race. Some race goers were surprised to learn about the skyrocketing popularity of electric car racing worldwide, especially in Europe, and the FIA Formula E championship.”
BCCAN is aiming to promote renewable energy through Bathurst’s strong association with car racing. “With such a world famous race track on our doorstop, it’s the perfect place to push electric car racing along in Australia” says Ms Sorenson.
The display and stall at the 6 Hour Race included the display of a Model S Tesla as well as a DIY converted Suzuki van over the weekend, both of which attracted lots of attention.
Photo : Bathurst Councillor Bobby Bourke (left) with Danny Smith and the Tesla Model S electric vehicle on display during the Bathurst 6 Hour.
The electric car race survey will remain open until early July. Surveys will be available at the Bathurst Farmers Markets in April, May and June and it can also be completed via a link at www.bccan.org.au.
This project, funded by the Spark Tank initiative, is enabling BCCAN to promote the sort of business and community networks essential to the spread of both electric vehicle racing and the adoption of electric cars for private transport and sustainable mobility.
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) teamed up with Skillset to deliver the Spark Tank Campaign, which launched in November 2016. The goal of the campaign is to encourage local networks in Central West NSW to create a supportive base for innovation and collaboration for meaningful energy outcomes in the region.
“This is vital to the long-term sustainability of communities and industries across Central West NSW,” said Mr Randazzo. This is supported by the NSW Government’s commitment to strengthening the energy market, helping households, businesses and governments use energy more efficiently, and driving economic growth in regional NSW.