The Road Ahead : October 2010
MEMBER ESSENTIALS RACQ NEWS, PRESIDENT'S DESK MEMBER ESSENTIALS 57 visit www.roadahead.com.au MORE INFO OCT/NOV 2010 THE ROAD AHEAD RACQ POWERS UP VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES RACQ will be one of Queensland's first organisations to try Mitsubishi's revolutionary new i-MiEV, the first production electric vehicle car on the Australian market. RACQ Vehicle Technologies executive manager Steve Spalding said the Club was excited about the opportunity to get one of the vehicles and see how it performed on a day- to-day basis. "The RACQ is very supportive and pleased to see leading-edge technology being introduced into the Queensland marketplace," Mr Spalding said. The i-MiEV uses a large-capacity lithium-ion battery system and a compact, high-output electric motor, in place of a petrol engine, which drives the rear wheels. It has a range of up to 160 km, a top speed of 130 km/h and recharges in less than eight hours using a standard 15 amp power point. The i-MiEV is being leased to government departments, councils and companies around Australia ahead of its general release in Australia next year. www.racq.com.au/motoring A CAPITAL IDEA battery testing RACQ Roadside Assistance and Batteries Patrol Rob McFadyen helped 11 residents at the Keperra Sanctuary Retirement Village with free battery testing recently, and also tested the village's mini-bus and ute for good measure. RACQ Batteries manager Peter Matthews said the free community service would be offered at more retirement villages. www.racq.com.au/batteries Don't miss your chance to win a trip for two to Canberra. Just log on to The Road Ahead's lifestyle website and subscribe to any of our enewsletters to enter the draw. The prize, valued at $4036, includes two tickets to the National Gallery of Australia's Opening Season exhibition. www.roadahead.com.au RICHARD PIETSCH, RACQ PRESIDENT PRESEDENT'S DESK DESK I WAS PLEASED recently to chair an RACQ board meeting in Longreach, as part of a visit to central Queensland by the Club's directors. It's an established RACQ tradition to hold a board meeting in a regional centre every year. As a Darling Downs grazier and a director representing RACQ members in the state's south- west, I think it's important for the Club's directors to experience firsthand the issues affecting our members across the state. While such a meeting is important in terms of overseeing the Club's operations, it is equally important in providing board members with the opportunity to meet the people who deliver and receive RACQ services in regional Queensland. Regional visits also help to provide us with a greater appreciation of local motoring issues, as well as an opportunity to interact with the local media. Our board represents regions across the state to ensure we offer the best possible service to members, regardless of where they live or drive. RACQ is proud to represent and deliver services to people across our vast state.