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PHOTO CAPTION: PICC's Kim Adelman (right) with John Chapman. Tia Keast is behind the wheel.

South Australia's MTA Gets 'Plugged In'

PICC converts Prius for Motor Trade Association in Adelaide, as well as in Townsville, Queensland.

Published: 24-Jul-2010

The Motor Trade Association of South Australia has procured a Toyota Prius which has been upfitted with an aftermarket plug-in conversion, as part of its plans to develop hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle training resources for automotive repair technicians throughout the state of South Australia.

See also PICC's 40-Mile Plug-In Prius

The announcement was made at the MTA’s new multimillion-dollar Heavy Vehicle Workshop at Royal Park in Adelaide. Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Member for Port Adelaide, Hon. Mark Butler MP, who had been instrumental in securing Federal funding for the facility, was the first person to officially drive South Australia’s first plug-in electric Toyota Prius. “It is a very exciting project and one which reinforces the Federal Government’s push to look at alternative fuels to protect the environment,” Butler said.

MTA Executive Director John Chapman said the conversion was undertaken as part of ongoing development of the MTA’s automotive training for members. “We have recently sent one of our trainers to the US to attend some special courses so that we are now in a position to develop our own modules for both members and their employees to attend.”

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