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Help for motorists to run and drive low emission vehicles
Friday, 11 October 2013 14:56

A new Low Emission Vehicle web site has been launched to help South Australians to choose, run and drive a more efficient vehicle.

The launch of the new web site at www.lowemissionvehicles.sa.gov.au coincides with the arrival in Adelaide of competitors in this year's Solar Challenge.

The web site provides a one-stop shop for consumer information on retail outlets for bio fuels such as P100, E10 and E85, electric car recharge points and other handy tips for motorists.

Transport Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the web site aims to help motorists reduce both their running costs and vehicle emissions as well as options for buying a low emission vehicle.

"As an Australian first, the web site contains a comprehensive map of South Australian service stations that sell lower emission bio-fuels and points where electric vehicles can be recharged," Mr Koutsantonis said.

"This Government is committed to healthy communities and a clean environment and low emission motoring is just one way the community can make greener and cheaper choices.

"We've taken significant steps to promote public transport, cycling and walking, but we still understand that for the majority of trips South Australians will still prefer to use their car.

"While Park 'N' Ride facilities can provide an alternative to driving into the city, low emission vehicles are also an important element of an integrated transport strategy.

"I encourage everyone to visit the site and see what opportunities you have to reduce the running costs and emissions of your current and future vehicles."

The Low Emission Vehicles web site provides information on alternative vehicle technologies, fuels and driving behaviours, and handy calculators to help drivers compare the cost and suitability of vehicles, fuels and tyres.

The South Australian Government has also funded the installation of a number of electric vehicle recharge points across the Adelaide metropolitan region, and is trialling two of the first volume produced all-electric vehicles to be released in Australia, as fleet vehicles.

The web site is one of the commitments delivered as part of South Australia's Low Emission Vehicle Strategy 2012-16. The Strategy aims to reduce transport-related greenhouse and other emissions and reduce barriers to the uptake and use of low emission vehicles.