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Electric cars in Australia

Did you know that electric cars have been around for 100 years? Why have they only recently become more popular? What are some of the benefits of electric cars? Do some research and find out how many recharging stations there are in Australia for electric cars. Where are they located?

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Detroit Electric car, 1917

This is a Detroit Electric car made by the Anderson Electric Car Co of Detroit, Michigan, USA, in 1917. The car has a 2-metre-tall classic Detroit Electric brougham carriage-style body with two doors and is finished in blue. It has large windows all around with distinctive, elegant curved-glass quarter windows. The windscreen ...

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Russell Beedles posing on bonnet of Ford Prefect car, Yarra Boulevard, 1957

This is a black-and-white photograph showing teenager Russell Beedles leaning on the new family car, a white Ford Prefect, which is parked along the Yarra Boulevard. The car's registration number is GRA.470. Behind the car is a steep embankment with overlooking houses built above it. The image is a digital scan of the original ...

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Holden steering wheel, 1948-53

This is a steering wheel from a Holden 48-215 motor car made by General Motors-Holden's, Australia, from 1948 to 1953. The wheel is made from metal and plastic and has been painted black. There is a cross bar across the middle of the wheel. The circular area in the centre of the spoke allows the wheel to be attached to ...

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Model T Ford tourer, 1916

This is a black Model T Ford tourer made by the Ford Motor Company in 1916. The car has a five-passenger, four-door touring car body with a collapsible hood. The steering wheel has an outside diameter of 38 cm and is painted black. The steering column quadrant is of pressed steel and the spark and throttler levers have ...

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Golden Fleece service station, Bulleen, 1969

This is a black-and-white photograph of a female and two male attendants servicing an EH Holden while the owner sits in the car. The attendants are cleaning the windscreen and checking the motor and the tyre pressure. There is a model of a merino ram on one of the petrol pumps in the background. Pennant flags fly from wires ...

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Ivy and Frederick Russell sitting in 'dickie' seat of Citroen car on family drive, 1930s

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Ivy and Frederick Russell and friends out for a Sunday drive in the 1930s. Ivy and Frederick were relegated to the fold-out 'dickie' seat at the back.

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Working as an automotive engineer

As an automotive engineer, Peter Whitlock combines time at his desk with time behind the wheel. He's responsible for the development and testing of the automatic transmission systems in cars. What are some of the day-to-day tasks Peter performs? Why are they important?

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Solar-powered car by Ian Landon Smith, 1986-87

This is a solar-powered car designed and built in 1986-87 by an Australian team led by Ian Landon Smith. Constructed on a square tube frame, it has a very low body - it is just over 1 m high - a round nose and removable fibreglass cockpit cover and tinted windscreen. Body panels are made of fibreglass, mylar and kevlar, ...

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Ford Falcon XP car, 1965-66

This is a Ford Falcon XP, Deluxe Fordomatic 3S, five-passenger, four-door sedan, made by the Ford Motor Company of Australia in 1965. The car is completely sectioned (layers have been cut away) to show details of the internal construction and workings of the vehicle.

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Holden hub cap, 1948-53

This is a metal dome-shaped hub cap for a motor car made by General Motors-Holden's, Australia, 1948-1953. The hub cap has the Holden emblem, a lion rolling a stone with one paw, in the centre in red.

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Rosalie Quaife sitting on bonnet of Renault car, 1974

This is a colour family photograph showing Rosalie Quaife sitting on her husband Richard Bortko's Renault 10 car outside her parents' house in Balwyn North, a suburb of Melbourne. She was collecting furniture from her parents because she was moving to Carlton with her husband. This photograph was collected as part of Melbourne's ...

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Booth family standing in front of their car, packed for holiday, Doncaster East, 1967

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Booth family standing in front of their Holden station wagon in the driveway of their home. The family group comprises the parents, two boys and two younger girls. The station wagon has a roof-rack on top of which is luggage and equipment, covered with a tarpaulin. The image ...

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Full-scale pattern for Leyland P76 automobile body, c1970

This is a panel checking fixture, or full-scale pattern, of a Leyland P76 automobile. It was constructed from metal and wood by a contractor to the Leyland Motor Corporation of Australia in England in about 1970.

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Give me a brake

Investigate braking efficiency of cars and trucks by testing stopping distances under controlled conditions. Test effects of vehicle type, tyres, road surface and weather conditions. Choose driving speed, then apply brakes and compare stopping distances. Estimate distances from target markers. Answer questions about antilock ...

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Mobile society: 'mechanised sloth'

Do Australians depend too much on cars and get too little exercise? Many people like to think of Australia as being an active, sports-loving nation. What effect has the motor car had on this perception? This clip from the 1960s takes a look at the question of whether the popularity of driving was becoming a risk to the ...

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Addicted to oil, automobiles and petrochemicals

See how crude oil became indispensable to modern life as the transport industry developed and our 'thirst' for oil developed. Find out how petrochemicals derived from oil are contained in virtually everything, from plastics and paints, to pesticides and painkillers.

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A smarter future car

Over about 125 years the automobile has only experienced minor changes, but now our cramped and clogged cities demand a smarter car. In this clip from 2010, see how the automobile is being adapted to make our cities more efficient.

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Talking dino - app for iPad

This is an iPad app. Design a talking dinosaur to present at show and tell. Create your dinosaur by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your dinosaur. Decide on a name that suits your talking dinosaur. Select a note about your dinosaur. Watch the animation. ...