Next Gen Passenger and Transportation Movers head to Hunter Innovation Festival

World-leaders in next generation motoring will headline the Hunter Innovation Festival’s passenger and commercial electric vehicle showcase at Newcastle City Hall on October 19. 

Kia Australia, BYD Auto, and Hyundai Motor Company Australia will join Janus Electric, Australian Electric Vehicle Specialists and NU Racing to showcase their latest technology in EV trucks, family sedans, people movers and vehicle conversion technologies. 

Hyundai Motor Company Australia will also be showcasing their latest electric truck, and the Kona, Ioniq5 and Ioniq6 SUV and sedan electric vehicles, while Kia Australia will feature their redefining EV9 all-electric large SUV; giving festival goers the chance to get up-close-and-personal with their new flagship vehicle. 

Janus Electric will return to the festival for the 2nd time, displaying its world-first zero-emission solution to electrify Australia’s road transport network. The company produces revolutionary exchangeable batteries that power heavy electric vehicles, which can be swapped at a Janus Charge and Change Station in just four minutes. Their unique battery solution powers the vehicle and can feed energy back into the grid, making it a virtual power station that can support during surges or high-demand periods. 

 “Our ground-breaking technology has been developed by Australian engineers and transport operators, who are dedicated to providing Australian road transport businesses with a smarter, safer, and cleaner alternative,” Janus Electric’s CEO, Lex Forsyth said. 

“The battery system we have developed can be fitted to any make or model Class 8 Prime Mover; converting existing diesel engine trucks due for a rebuild or replacement, with a new electric motor at a comparative cost to rebuild an existing diesel motor.  

“It is estimated converting existing diesel-powered trucks with Janus Electric technology can reduce capital costs by up to 70%. 

“Events like the Hunter Innovation Festival are high on our agenda, so we can showcase how the road transport industry is committed to zero-emissions,” Mr Forsyth said. 

Hunter Innovation Festival Chair Alex Brennan said the calibre of organisations exhibiting at the festival is testament to the Hunter region’s reputation for embracing innovative technologies. 

“The Hunter region is primed to take the lead as the most technologically advanced city in Australia. Not only are many of our primary industries committed to reducing their impact on the environment, so too are the mums and dads across our community who are now thinking about what they can do to contribute to a carbon-neutral future.” 

“The fact that we have the likes of Kia, BYD, Hyundai and Janus joining us at the Hunter Innovation Festival goes to show the level of interest major corporations are showing in the Hunter, and that’s very exciting for our region,” Mr Brennan said. 

The electric vehicle showcase will fill Wheeler Place with EVs and EV Charging Stations and is open to Hunter Innovation Festival participants. Vehicles will be on display from 8:00am to 5:30pm. Anyone wishing to purchase a ticket to the festival is urged to do so as soon as possible, as tickets will sell out.  

Tickets can be purchased from the Hunter Innovation Festival website.