Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne



Ditching the diesel and flicking the switch to EV utes- February Webinar

28 Feb 2023
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Zoom Webinar

Join us on Tuesday 28 February at 1pm AEDT for an insightful look into the burgeoning EV ute market and explore the fleet electrification options for local government. We have a full panel line-up with car industry leaders in the field including LDV providing Australia’s first EV ute for commercial fleets. ROEV converting Toyota Hiluxes and Ford Rangers to electric powertrains for fleet customers and ACE EV Group designing light commercial electric utes and vans for tradies and city living.

Rounding out this panel, we’ll be joined by the City of Yarra Fleet Manager, Australia’s first council to add EV utes within their fleet line up.

As councils seek to decarbonise their fleets, 2023 is shaping up as the year electric utes are starting to make inroads within the Australian car marketplace. With 660,000 utes in operation across Australian fleets and making up to one fifth of all vehicle sales in the country, utes are indisputably a popular vehicle of choice.
However as highlighted in a recent government report Australia’s emissions projections 2022, light commercial vehicle emissions from utes, vans and SUVs – have jumped approximately 20 per cent in the last decade. Given these high levels of harmful CO2 emissions and as fuel costs continue to climb, government and corporate fleet managers alike are turning their minds to transition to EV utes as more of these vehicles make their way to our shores.

Don’t miss the opportunity to have your EV ute questions answered as we examine:

• Snapshot of the EV ute market in Australia now and within next 5 years
• Understand your fleet options ranging from purchasing EV utes versus vehicle conversions
• Learn how your council can best plan the fleet transition across different vehicle models
• Be informed as to Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and emissions reduction savings for your council

• Explore the possibilities certain EV ute models can provide from charging electric power tools onsite to bi-directional charging and energy management solutions for your council

This webinar will be held online on Zoom, please register via Eventbrite for the Zoom link. All member council officers with access to our online collaboration platform Council Connect will also be sent a calendar invite with the Zoom link and do not need to register separately.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.


Noah Wasmer
Noah Wasmer

Noah Wasmer

CEO & Co-Founder of ROEV

For more than 20 years, Noah has held leadership positions in software companies like Atlassian, VMware, and Apple. In almost all cases, hardware and software had to work together to create magic. As CEO and co-founder of Roev, Noah is now applying this same formula to vehicle electrification. Hailing from a Detroit auto family, Noah built his first car at age 15 and has electrified a number of vehicles from a 1967 Kombi to an ADF Perentie Ute. Next goal - scaling electric conversions to provide the most joyful “power walls on wheels" for all Australians.

Greg McGarvie
Greg McGarvie

Greg McGarvie

Managing Director ACE EV Group and Electric Mobility Manufacturers Australia (EMMA)

Greg is a dynamic, committed and extremely motivated strategic marketing and management professional, with experience in leadership roles focussed on sustainable project development and community consultation with seasoned political experience at the federal and state level. ACE EV Group is his latest project to create a low carbon, low polluting, low-cost transport future for the next generation. Greg also launched EMMA to optimise the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia through a collaboration of innovative electric vehicle manufacturers and supporters.

Torsten Riedel
Torsten Riedel

Torsten Riedel

Fleet Services City of Yarra

Torsten Riedel has been with the City of Yarra since 2006 who first started working as Support Team Leader in the Recreation & Leisure Business division. In 2022 Torsten moved to Fleet division and provides project support on day to day fleet operations, fleet capital projects and the council's fleet transition plan to zero emissions. Most recently Torsten completed the EV Charging for Council Fleets project, installing charging infrastructure with the aim to reduce organisational emissions to zero, without offsets, by 2030.

Joe Ponzo

National Fleet Manager Ateco

Joe Ponzo is the Group Fleet Manager for Ateco Automotive’s LDV, Renault & RAM brands, overseeing national sales to General, National, Rental and Government fleets. He has a unique Automotive Industry perspective, as an accomplished motor industry senior executive combined with a successful track record running large multi-site, multi-franchise dealerships, including group operation control. His distinctive blending of both Retail & Importer managerial experience has resulted in an ability to advise, develop, and execute the best possible transport solutions for the full spectrum of automotive applications.

Who should attend?

This webinar is open to all, but highly recommended for the following audiences:

  • Fleet Managers
  • Sustainability Officers
  • Procurement Officers
  • Council Executives