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Media Alert – Melbourne gears up for electric cars ahead of World EV Day – press conference

Cities Power Partnership / Climate Council 2 mins read

What: On Wed 6 Sept, ahead of World EV Day, more than 100 local government leaders - from Wagga Wagga to Launceston - will be taking the latest zero-emission cars for a spin as part of the Cities Power Partnership two-day national summit.

Transport is Australia’s second highest source of greenhouse gas pollution that is driving climate change. By shifting gears to renewable powered electric cars, buses and even garbage trucks, councils have the power to play a crucial role in rolling out Australia’s climate solutions.

Press conference and visual opportunity: 

Rare opportunity to view 9 of the latest zero emissions vehicles: vans, buses, garbage trucks, trucks and utes. Brands include: Polestar, MG, SEA Electric, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BYD and Hyzon. Journalists can test drive vehicles.

When: 11:10AM AEDT Wednesday 6 September, 2023 

Where:  Melbourne Showgrounds, Victoria Pavilion. Access via Gate 4. Showgrounds staff will be onsite to direct you. 


Cr Jason Modica, Mildura Rural City Council. Mildura has a goal to be the most EV-friendly city in Victoria. They are increasing the uptake of electric vehicles in the community by supporting the installation of public EV fast charging infrastructure.

Dr Portia Odell, Director, Cities Power Partnership, Australia’s largest network of councils taking action on climate change. Portia can speak to the power of local government leading the shift to zero emissions transport in Australia.

Trent McCarthy, Chair of Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action. Councils across Melbourne’s north have been collaborating for over two decades to power up the local transition to EVs and other sustainable transport options.

Carl Cowie, CEO, Nillumbik Shire Council.
Nillumbik has invested in hybrid fleet vehicles and EV charge stations and is working alongside 6 councils in Melbourne’s inner north to set up the community and businesses for transition to electric vehicles.


For more information please contact Cities Power Partnership Senior Communications Advisor Victoria Fratin on 0431 314 047 or or Zerene Catcutan on 0438 972 260

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