PLUGGED IN: Marc Talloen charges his electric car at Rockhampton’s The Power Shop yesterday on his mission to drive from Brisbane to Cairns. INSET: Mark with store owner Troy Lobegeiger.
PLUGGED IN: Marc Talloen charges his electric car at Rockhampton’s The Power Shop yesterday on his mission to drive from Brisbane to Cairns. INSET: Mark with store owner Troy Lobegeiger. Trinette Stevens

Tesla owner pumped to prove critics wrong

MARC Talloen was sick of hearing people tell him that electric cars were no good for long distance driving, so he embarked on a mission to prove them wrong.

Yesterday the 64-year-old revved up at Rockhampton's The Power Shop to recharge, on his mission to drive from Brisbane to Cairns in his white polished Tesla.

With a heavy environmental background in waste water engineering and agriculture, it is no wonder Marc is passionate about educating people on renewable alternatives.

He said he wanted people to consider the positives of electric cars over traditional fuel-fed transport.

"I want to prove it is possible to do this type of distance without big infrastructure," he said.

"Many people buy this car because they have the environmental motivation but, because the infrastructure is not there yet, they're struggling with this kind of distance; but I am proving it is not a problem at all.

"I expect to arrive tomorrow night in either Innisfail or Cairns."

Marc said he was doing what he could with solar energy, and expected to achieve a total of 70% solar-charged.

"On the one side, it's so that people can understand what people can do with an electric car now, but the other side is so people know you can fill it with solar energy as much as you can. There are possibilities out there to charge.

"People say it's limited, that you can charge at home and then where can you go? It's not true."

Marc said he could ready the car for a 400km drive with just a 3½-hour charge.

The Power Shop owner, Troy Lobegeiger, said Marc's car was the first he had ever charged on his premises.

Going electric?

Pros:

Quick and quiet

Home recharging

Cheaper to operate

No tailpipe emissions

Cons:

Limited range

Long refuelling time

Higher cost

Lack of choice

(plugincars.com)