myCar are a new local Adelaide entrepreneurial start up business that are working with government to establish an innovative electric vehicle service using Adelaide as a test-bed and research centre.
myCar use engineless, electric vehicles charged via a connector and a hidden panel in the taillight – a bit like a giant iPhone. No engine means no maintenance costs, no petrol and no sound. The 100 kWh battery provides 565 kilometres of range before it runs out of steam. In South Australia, there are charging stations at Adelaide Airport, Burnside Village, the Stamford Plaza on North Terrace, Ceduna East West Motel, Coastal Pods Wynyard, McLaren Vale’s Fox Creek Wines, Keith Motor Inn, Goolwa Visitor Information Centre, Coonawarra’s Raidis Estate winery, the Stamford Grand in Glenelg, The Frames luxury accommodation in the Riverland, and 65 The Louise and Appellation in the Barossa Valley.
myCar’s research program with Flinders University is focusing on smart charging and exporting power from their fleet of batteries on wheels to support the energy grid at times of crisis or when there is shortage in renewable power. Their research is also investigating applying autonomous vehicle technology to the Adelaide road system, such as developing an active corridor for driverless cars between the airport and the city as a showcase for the state’s visitors.
myCar embrace the quality and bespoke service provided by traditional chauffeur businesses and deliver this through a scalable digital platform. As compared with other digital solutions, they own electric vehicles and provide a physical point of contact and responsibility in Adelaide.
myCar’s Tesla cars are 100% electric with no tailpipe emissions. The cars are charged at parking stations with their own solar panels, such as at the airport, and make use of the availability of renewable power in South Australia. Their smart charging technology and fleet of batteries on wheels will support greater use of renewable power.