$15 an hour to drive green

The exclusivity of having in-house electric vehicles
7 Weekender
July 2, 2022

Electric vehicles are a game-changer in this inner-city development

Petrol prices are climbing above $2.20 a litre this week and if Megan Thomson’s Audi wasn’t so new, she’d sell it, particularly as her new inner-city home comes with three electric vehicles she can hire for as little as $15 an hour in a Queensland-first exclusive deal for residents. Megan joined the electrification transport revolution quite by accident, when she moved from Shorncliffe north of Brisbane to an apartment in The Standard at South Brisbane as one of the original residents mid last year.

“Living here is like being in a hotel, you just don’t have the room service,” Megan says.
“When I was in Shorncliffe, I used to have to drive to get everywhere, now I can walk downstairs and there’s Indian restaurants in both directions. I don’t have to worry about going out to the gym or the sauna or a magnesium pool, it’s all here.”

In taking their award-winning sustainable residential tower to the next level, Brisbane developers at Aria Group partnered with end-to-end electric mobility provider Ohmie GO to establish a small fleet of onsite Teslas that are hired on a pay-as-you-go system, whether you need to run a 30-minute errand or escape to the coast for the weekend. Prices range from $15 an hour to $79 a day or $200 for the weekend from 4pm Friday to 9am Monday. The cars are insured, cleaned, and maintained by the external provider and can be booked and unlocked using a smartphone app.

“The Teslas outweigh the cost of owning a car, and with the cost of fuel going up, why would I not hire out a Tesla to go away for the weekend,” Megan said.

In April, the three Tesla Mode 3 SR plus cars were booked out 102 times, covering some 786 hours and offsetting 2 tonnes of carbon dioxide, an environmental report card that fringe competitors such as Uber, Car Next Door and Go Get are finding hard to beat. The exclusivity of having in-house electric vehicles is also a valuable point of difference for residents.

“We are the first ones building this market and this sector in Australia, and Aria was the first residential developer to take up this solution in Queensland,” Ohmie GO head of growth Max Millett says.

He says early data shows that residents are making the decision to remove their vehicles because of the electric vehicle offering and the Teslas are a key service point in the decision to buy into the building. The company also works in the commercial and retirement sectors and is making a strong move into the hotel and build-to-rent apartment space. Meanwhile an increasing number of prestige developers are customising their apartments to support electric vehicles with charging stations in personal car parks as well as visitor parking spots.

“We’re making Maxwell St a green building,” Craig Purdy of Purdy Developments says of his Arcilla development on Maxwell St in New Farm.
“We will have solar panels for car charging to reduce fossil fuels and we are negotiating with electric car manufacturers to get that right,” Craig says.

The Standard, a 31-storey residential tower with 264 residences, a full concierge service and the three Tesla cars, has been named the best residential high rise in Australia by the Urban Development Institute of Australia this year.

“I think the industry nationally is now looking at Brisbane as setting the benchmark for others to follow,” Aria residential development manager Michael Hurley says.
Words: Debra Bela Pictures: David Kelly and supplied


Ohmie GO is Australia’s first, and leading, electric mobility platform for buildings, which was founded in 2018. Ohmie GO is building the future of electric mobility and transport in partnership with Australia's most innovative and sustainable players in the property industry, changing the relationship between buildings and mobility.

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