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Media alert: Recharging the Northern Rivers – saving the region $109 million in fuel costs

Solar Citizens 2 mins read

What: Launch of report into potential cost savings for Northern Rivers residents due to more efficient vehicles, plus the first electric ute in Australia on display

When: Thursday 25 May, 5.30-7.30pm

Where: Blue Fattoria, 1014 Kyogle Road, Fernside


With fuel prices soaring and regional Australians hit hardest, Solar Citizens has commissioned a report showing the $109 million in savings that a strong Fuel Efficiency Standard could bring to the Northern Rivers community by delivering more fuel-efficient cars to the region.


Join Solar Citizens and Farmers for Climate Action to welcome the report, and discuss how strong Fuel Efficiency Standards can bring Australia the choices in efficient cars the US and EU enjoy. 


Farmers for Climate Action farmer and Clarence Network Coordinator Peter Lake says: “As a farmer, I am really excited about electric vehicles and their potential to have a really positive impact on the ag sector. There are so many benefits, whether it be cost savings, having quieter vehicles that won’t spook the cows or lowering our emissions. 


“That’s why I’m excited about our upcoming event in Lismore, where I can finally check out an electric ute, meet some like minded farmers and have a chat with experts about the exciting developments that are coming. I would love to see lots of other locals there – it will be a really interesting event.”


One of Australia’s first electric utes will be on display at the launch. The electric ute is touring regional Australia on the Electric Ute Roadshow to showcase the cost savings and other benefits electric vehicles can bring to the regions.


Available for interviews: 

  • Solar Citizens Regional Clean Transport Organiser, Ben Lever 

  • Solar Citizens Clean Transport Campaigner, Ajaya Haikerwal 

  • Farmers for Climate Action farmer and coordinator Peter Lake


Visuals for photo/video: 

  • One of the first electric ute models to hit Australian shores


The report can be found here:




About us:

About Solar Citizens 

Solar Citizens is an independent, community-based organisation working to protect and grow renewable energy and clean transport in Australia. We represent the millions of Australian households who are powering their lives with the sun, and the vast majority of Australians who support the transition to renewable energy and clean transport. Our website is 


About the Electric Ute Roadshow

Regional Australians shouldn’t have to pay the price at the petrol pump and miss out on the opportunities of electric vehicles while the cities speed ahead. The Electric Ute Roadshow will highlight how sensible transport policies like Fuel Efficiency Standards will give people the choice of more efficient, affordable and diverse models that are suitable for the regions—including the much-loved Aussie tradition of utes— and reveal the cost-savings and other benefits electric vehicles bring to the regions.


Contact details:

Les White 0409 805 122

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