XRAY, on show at the EV World South Expo

Electric vehicle expo

by Mike Isle

Next Saturday, Wigram will be a wonderland for everyone contemplating buying an e-vehicle when the EV World South Expo comes to town.

The two-day expo, with a trade day on Friday and an open day on Saturday at the Wigram Airforce Museum, will showcase electric vehicles, e-bikes, electric mowers and charging solutions.

Organisers say EV World South is an opportunity for South Island business owners and the public to come face to face with all forms of electric vehicles.

Many of the vehicles will be available for a test drive on the Saturday.

A likely showpiece of the expo is a Nissan Leaf, which has been cut away to reveal the inner workings of an electric vehicle.

Dubbed XRAY, the vehicle is the brainchild of Ran Boot who, with his son David Boot, owns Christchurch’s electric vehicle specialist store EV City.

David said that in crafting the vehicle, his father had achieved something in a couple of weeks with an angle grinder that overseas manufacturers spent millions on.

“This is a compelling display of the makeup of an electric vehicle and what makes the technology so reliable and enjoyable,” David Boot said. Astonishingly, the vehicle can still be driven. The EV World South Expo will be XRAY’s first outing, though David Booth said he planned to offer it to schools and education groups as an educational tool.

The EV World South Expo; November 23 and 24 at the Wigram Airforce Museum.

Hours are 9am to 5pm. Admission is free.