Bright sparks take off

I CAME to Newcastle about a month ago to start an internship at the Tom Farrell Institute. I found myself very quickly in the middle of preparations for the Electric Vehicle Festival. I realised soon how much effort every staff member contributed towards that event. Not only is there the festival itself, but also a workshop for people in politics and industry to encourage a path-breaking dialogue. The festival had about 35 exhibitors, showing everything in electric vehicles from Segways to electric supercars, like the Hunter-built Catavolt superbike (pictured).

To round off the series of events there was an electric bike race on Sunday, with about 20 high schools participating with their self-made vehicles.

I was blown away by everyone’s commitment to this event and think it contributed in a very positive way to raising awareness of the need of alternative energy resources or to encourage local industry.

Larissa Stein, The Hill

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