A 10-year-old Mitsubishi I-MIEV has been delivered to TAFE Queensland's Bundaberg campus to skill apprentices studying the Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology (AUR30316) in how to work with late-model electric vehicles.
The vehicle strengthens the training fleet, with a hybrid Toyota Prius donated by industry in 2019 already being used by apprentices.
TAFE Queensland General Manager (East Coast) Ana Rodger said the Bundaberg Regional Council’s donations over the years had been highly beneficial for students.
“TAFE Queensland works closely with local industry to ensure our students have the best learning opportunities available to them,” Ms Rodger said.
“Bundaberg Regional Council has proven to be a fantastic supporter of TAFE Queensland over the years, donating several vehicles to our local campus. This includes a fire-damaged prime mover that they donated in 2018 for use in our diesel fitting qualifications."
“The donation of this particular vehicle is incredibly valuable for our apprentices and international automotive students, as it will enable them to be trained using the latest technology in their field, which given the growing popularity of electrical vehicles will be a valuable skill set to have in the future.”
Bundaberg Regional Council’s Environment portfolio spokesperson, Cr Wayne Honor said Council was happy to support TAFE Queensland.
“Council is very supportive of the work that TAFE Queensland does and the donation of this electric vehicle will be invaluable in teaching students practical skills,” Cr Honor said.
“We know the plant and vehicles we have donated in the past have been put to very good use. As the use of electric vehicles is growing steadily, Council was pleased to be able to donate the Mitsubishi I-MIEV to teach students about this latest technology," he said.
“Council is pleased to provide this service to the local TAFE Queensland campus, which provides benefits for our community and Council in the provision of skilled mechanics.”