Local building designer and builder Ashley Beaumont and his companies Beaumont Concepts and Ecoliv Buildings have secured a place in the Victorian Governments Electric Vehicle (EV) Trial. This will see the local businesses become a hub for EV technology in the area with a new electric vehicle and charging station.
The Department of Transport has loaned an electric vehicle to Beaumont Concepts and Ecoliv Buildings over the trial period, while the White Rd display home and offices will host the first EV changing station for the area. The trial vehicle is a valuable asset to both companies, ahead of their work on the Cape Patterson Eco Village development, which proposes solar-powered charging stations for its residents.
Photo from left to right, Ashley Beaumont, Ross Lovett and Anthony Brusamarello
Ashley Beaumont, Director of Beaumont Concepts and Ecoliv Buildings, is looking forward to taking the electric vehicle for a spin. ‘It’s exciting technology and we are really looking forward to testing the car out.’ All fun aside though, the team at Beaumont Concepts and Ecoliv Buildings is really proud to introduce the latest sustainable technology to the area. ‘It’s something we do with our home designs and we carry that over into the community too.’
‘We encourage sustainable living in our designs, so we started looking at other ways we could reduce our carbon footprint’ said Ashley. The charging station is powered by the Ecoliv display homes 1.6Kw solar power unit harnessing the potential of this renewable energy source.
The Department of Transport’s EV Trial will run until December 2013 and involve a wide range of industries across Victoria. More information can be found at http://www.transport.vic.gov.au/projects/ev-trial/about-the-electric-vehicle-trial.
Over 35 fleets have benefitted from participating in the trial with many EV charging stations appearing across Victoria as part of a state-wide infrastructure plan to make electric vehicle use simple and easy. The trial subsidizes the costs involved so small to medium business can adjust their fleets to EV technology.
Beaumont Concepts vision is to push the boundaries in providing sustainable and beautiful individual home designs. The award winning design practice has been recognised for sustainable design initiatives by the HIA for National GreenSmart Home of the Year and the BDAV for Best Environmentally Sustainable Resi-dential Design for the Ecoliv Display Home.
Ecoliv Buildings is leading the way in sustainable and environmental initiatives in new prefabricated homes and commercial buildings. From being the first prefabricated builder to introduce 7-star energy rating homes as standard, Ecoliv is committed to continually pushing these boundaries. Their aim is for all new homes to significantly reduce household energy requirements and generate their own solar power, saving greenhouse gasses and electricity bills into the future.
For anyone within the community who is interested in viewing the car, it will be on display at the Ecoliv dis-play home 332 White Rd Wonthaggi each Tuesday between 10am-1.00pm for the duration of the trial.
If you would like further comment or further information about Beaumont Concepts or Ecoliv Buildings, please visit the Ecoliv display home at 332 White Rd Wonthaggi or visit their websites at www.beaumontconcepts.com.au or www.ecoliv.com.au.