This past weekend, on the Sunday 25th March, MTA Queensland held its first ever Cars & Coffee Event with over 70 vehicles on display. Along with many vintage, classic, race and exotic cars we also had a couple of HEV/EVs which was fantastic to see! The event is happening on the last Sunday of every month, from 7.30am-9.30am at MTA Queensland’s head office. It would be excellent to see more HEV/EVs next time, showcasing the classics side-by-side with the cars of the future.
In my last newsletter I spoke about the research I undertook in the United Kingdom (UK) and the help Professor Raj Aggaral and Professor Surendra Kawshik were willing to give to me.
In the UK, the Government offers incentives of up to £5,000 (approx. $9,200 AUD) for the public to buy electric vehicles and £8,000 (approx. $14,650 AUD) for commercial use of HEVs making the average age of UK fleets 7.5 years old. In addition to this, manufacturers also offer up to £5,000 (approx. $9,200 AUD) to get older petrol vehicles off the road creating a huge incentive for consumers to buy a HEV/EV.
To understand this further I sought out and spoke to Steve Knight – Toyota Sales Controller from Platinum Toyota Motor Park Trowbridge Wiltshire, UK.
In the Toyota Showroom they had eight vehicles; six were hybrids. Steve advised me that 50 per cent of the sales are hybrid vehicles and this is increasing at a rapid rate. Steve said, “It doesn’t take a lot to convince the UK public to purchase hybrid vehicles; there’s a lot of savings in fuel but also in servicing.”
The C/HR (pictured) starts at £23,000 (approx. $42,000 AUD) with the top of the range model coming in at £28,000 (approx. $51,300 AUD).
In future editions of the newsletter I will write about individuals from the general public who have moved from petrol to hybrid vehicles and discuss their thoughts.