Green Cars Head For The Hills

Property developers Guava Lime Property Solutions are joining with other environmentally-aware organisations in Adelaide to support more electric car charging stations outside the CBD.

On Thursday, April 19, South Australia Environment Minister The Honourable Paul Caica will launch the initiative with ChargePoint, a provider of electric vehicle infrastructure, at The Organic Market Cafe in Stirling.

Guava Lime Property Solutions are developers of the $16 million residential eco-building in the heart of Adelaide, Flinders Loft and strong supporters of the use and proliferation of electric cars and other eco-friendly initiatives.

“This is an initiative that we expect will only improve upon the practicality of electric vehicle usage in Adelaide,” Guava Lime director Michael Loucas said.

“It provides an incentive to adopt environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional vehicles.”

Guava Lime will participate in the event along with organisations including BankSA, Mitsubishi, ETSA and the South Australian Government.

The launch of extra charging stations in the Adelaide Hills will increase the driving range of electric car users.

“The significance of the charging stations is that they extend the range of travel possible for current and future owners of electric vehicles,” ChargePoint CEO James Brown said.

“They will now be able to commute to the Adelaide Hills and recharge their cars while going about their business. Australia’s ChargePoint network already has a breadth of coverage that rivals the United States as the largest EV charging network in the world.”

The new installation of two the electric vehicle charging stations outside the cafe is in addition to major initiatives by Mitsubishi and Adelaide City Council, to introduce fast charge stations within the city’s CBD.

The launch comes at a time when electric vehicle usage is increasing steadily and is expected to continue to grow in the coming years.

The Organic Market and Cafe is pleased to support any initiative that embraces clean, green technology.

In 2009 and 2010 they won the Best Organic Retail Outlet in South Australia from the Biological Farmers of Australia.

“We want to encourage environmentally conscious people to travel and see all that the Adelaide Hills has to offer,” owner Grahame Murray said.

“We are all about eating well and living well. We pioneered retailing organic produce in South Australia, so it feels right to be the first outlet outside the CBD to install networked electric vehicle charging stations.”

Mr Murray is keen to challenge others to embrace similar initiatives.

“I hope this encourages others in the Adelaide Hills to do likewise,” he said.

“Let’s form a loop from the city through to Hahndorf, Mount Barker and Lobethal.”

The Organic Market and Cafe will see two types of stations installed- level 1 and level 2 charging points to cater for the different marques of electric vehicles on the market, including the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Nissan LEAF and Holden’s Volt, to name a few.

ChargePoint’s James Brown said electric vehicles could travel more than 100 kilometres, but used more energy when climbing hills, so it was a smart move to have public charging stations outside the CBD.

Adelaide Converts to Loft Style Living

Adelaide’s urban evolution is continuing to take shape with the launch of an innovative new residential development which takes its cue from New York style loft living. 

Flinders Loft, developed by Guava Lime Property Solutions, is a $16 million project to convert a nineties former office block on Flinders Street into one of the city’s most fashionable and forward-thinking new residences.

Featuring double height ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious open plan living areas, Flinders Loft is the first redevelopment of its kind in Adelaide. The building’s 18 boutique apartments echo the design of the Manhattan warehouse conversions which have revolutionised urban living in New York over the past decade.   

Guava Lime director Michael Loucas said that demand amongst Adelaide homebuyers for high quality, design-led residences in the city centre is increasing.

“Adelaide may be Australia’s most liveable city, but modern city dwellers are looking for more than just a central location,” Mr Loucas said. “As our population grows and cultural renaissance continues, we need to deliver innovative and inspiring accommodation options that go far beyond the standard high density, compact apartment living.

“With Flinders Loft, we are offering residents an aspirational lifestyle that combines the convenience of a city centre location with spacious, innovatively-designed and ecoresponsive living spaces not seen before in the CBD.  The emphasis is on work, live and play all within the same precinct. This is what sets Flinders Loft apart from other developments on the market.”

Flinders Loft will place a strong emphasis on green living practices. Residents will also be encouraged to embrace more sustainable lifestyles, with a range of green measures planned including a shared pool car.  

“Once complete, the building’s green credentials will be considerable,” Mr Loucas said. “Ensuring the development is sustainable has been a priority from the start – it’s one of the reasons we chose to convert an existing building which had redevelopment potential rather than sending in a demolition crew or building from scratch.”

Buyers will have the opportunity to mix and match from a range of premium, contemporary finishes that include timber floors as standard fitout and complemented by high quality finishes including Miele appliances and innovative joinery.

Apartments will comprise the upper levels of the building, while the ground floor will feature office space and a ground floor café or organic food store.  Flinders Loft is centrally located on Flinders Street and in close proximity to parklands, popular retail and dining precincts and Adelaide’s business centre.

The sales office at 276 Flinders Street will be open from 30 April. For more information or a private viewing, register your interest at www.flindersloft.com.au. Alternatively, contact Julianne Price at the sales office on 0467 276 276.