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The Good Car Company – CleanTechnica

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Anthony Broese van Groenou and I had two good conversations, one while he was waiting for a civilian at the Australian Electric Vehicle Association Electric Vehicle expo in Cleveland last year and another while driving an Ioniq from Brisbane to Byron Bay. It speaks of how busy he is importing used Nissan Leafs from Japan to an unquenchable market in Australia. The last chance we had to talk, he had backorders for 300 vehicles and was in the process of importing the Peugeot e-Expert and Nissan e-NV200 from the UK. These are now available as a special order.

He also gets involved in the driving electric days organized by the NRMA and the Government of New South Wales. His vision is affordable EVs for the masses.

Of the website: “We started the Good Car Company with the goal of creating a cleaner, safer and healthier Australia. As three environmental scientists, we are unlikely founders of a car company…but desperate times call for desperate measures. We felt terrible about every puff of smoke from our cars that contributed to the climate crisis. We recognized the importance of moving to electric vehicles (EVs), but there were no affordable options available. So we imported one! We then collaborated with our community to create the world’s first bulk electric vehicle purchase in the world. We now deliver hundreds of cars across Australia.”

Peugeot e Expert. Photo courtesy of the Good Car Company.

When fuel prices skyrocketed earlier this year, the Good Car Company was flooded and sold out of their stock of 40 Nissan Leafs. Anthony currently has back orders for 300 more and is negotiating with Hyundai, Kia, MG and Polestar. He wants to provide new cars for mass purchase in the community. There are now a few Leaves available here.

Customers are advised to check government support as it varies from state to state. The good car dealer will provide information about the condition of the battery and also a reasonable estimate of the range. Battery warranties are provided.

While charging in Warwick last year, I had the chance to chat with a resident who had bought his Nissan Leaf from the Good Car Company. In general, he was satisfied with the car. It suited his needs – he drives from his property to town (about 50 km) to do his shopping every week. There were a few early quirks that needed to be fixed in the conversion from Japanese to Australian usage. But everything went satisfactorily.

There are pitfalls when buying used vehicles. The Good Car Company can be a way to avoid the worst.

Featured photo courtesy of EV Expo Noosa.


 

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