Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Smart Grid, Smart City Seminar Electric cars

Ausgrid are running a seminar on Electric cars, at their "Smart Grid, Smart City " center, 26 April 2012 in Newcastle, NSW. Unfortunately you would have difficulty working that out from their very poorly designed web site. So appended are the details from the PDF document emailed to me (I could not find this on the web site).

Of course an electric car will cost several times as much as an equivalent petrol car and cause more pollution when charged from the coal fired power provided by Ausgrid. So electric cars are not a practical replacement for privately owned cars, but they may be useful for company fleets and share car schemes, where renewable power is available on-site.
Smart Grid, Smart City Seminar
Electric cars: The journey so far

Ausgrid is delighted to invite you to a seminar Who should attend on electric cars at the Smart Grid, Smart City
Centre on Thursday, 26 April.

The Smart Grid, Smart City project is an exciting Australian Government initiative led by Ausgrid. The project is trialling
new innovations in electricity generation and household
energy management – including an electric car trial in and
around the area.

A fleet of electric cars are driving the streets in the Hunter as
part of the trial.

We will share:
• What is an electric car
• Why we are doing the trial and how
• Charge point infrastructure deployment
• The impact on the electricity grid
• The project status to date

Also, hear first-hand, personal anecdotes of driving the
electric car daily up and down the Coast. Our driver has
unique experiences to share of driving the electric car in
various conditions.

At the Smart Grid, Smart City Centre you can also experience
all our brightest ideas – the Centre is an interactive, educational and fun way to look at electricity from its sources to the appliances in your home.

This event will provide some interesting insights into the latest in electric cars and provide an overview of their role in the Smart Grid, Smart City project.

Thursday, 26 April 2012
Time 12.30pm-1.30pm OR 6.00pm-7.00pm
Venue: Smart Grid, Smart City Centre
19 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle 2300
(located west of the Honeysuckle Hotel)
Cost: Free.
Finger food will be provided.
RSVP by Monday, 23 April 2012

Registration is essential as places are limited. Register via or call
1300 922 746.

Further information
Margot Smith on 02 8288 7820 or
We will have an electric car at the event – come and see it on display!

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