Although she’s too modest to agree with the description, retired farmer Sylvia Wilson is an electric vehicle pioneer.
The 70-year-old Queenslander recently returned from driving an electric vehicle all the way around Australia, a trip of 20,396kms which cost her a measly $150.90 in electricity usage.
Sylvia and Bluey – her much-loved Tesla S75 – enjoyed an incredible adventure exploring the towns, cities, attractions and places along Australia’s coastline, travelling with family and friends who flew in and out to meet her along the way.
She spoke to Emma Sutcliffe about her and Bluey’s travels around Oz.
We just paid the deposit over there internet and 3 months later it turned up at the back door on the back of a truck. Easy!
We’d never sat in a Tesla before. But we had become sort of ‘greenie’; both concerned about the environment and what we’re doing to the world.
My husband was always pushing the envelope, always liked to try something new, so we decided to just do it to see if it was as good as some people said.
He loved it, he absolutely adored that car. He had Parkinsons so he’d never drive it. After he passed away in August 2017 I was wondering what I was going to do with the rest of my life.
At Christmas I said the kids ‘I’m going to travel around Australia in Bluey, who wants to come?’and all these hands shot up!
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