Eco Car Conversions

Eco Car Conversions

Australia
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Enable all owners of vehicles to travel at lower cost and lower pollution levels, why should travelling in hybrids/battery-powered/solar-powered etc vehicles be only available to the wealthy? Houses can be convereted to be enviro-friendly, so lets make existing cars also enviro-friendly.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Urban sprawl is a significant issue in Brisbane, as is the transport issues for the satellite cities of Ipswich and Logan. The cost of transport continues to rise. Economic conditions of people living on the city fringes are poor - high unemployment, limited employment opportunities. Both can be addressed by Eco Car Conversions - localised employment, local upskilling, solution to rising costs of transport.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

By converting an existing car to an enviro-friendly car is not new. Doing it on a large scale, making the conversions affordable, and employing people facing barriers to employment is new. The lower socio-economic social groups most affected by rising fuel prices, are those that commute the longest distance to work (due to housing affordability beyond city limits), often have least access to public transport (eg think Springfield Lakes with no train station until 2015), and are least able to afford buying a new car that is fuel efficient or a hybrid. So the social need of transport affordability is addressed by this solution. Namely the fuel savings per conversion, that in turn leads to cost savings for the target group. And the beneficiaries – initially – are the lower socio-economic groups that are most impacted by rising fuel prices and unemployment. By providing this group with more fuel efficient transport and providing employment in their communities the enterprise has a dual social outcome. The solution has the capacity to grow and impact all car owners, making transport more fuel efficient for everyone. Why buy a new fuel efficient car, when your existing car can be converted to be more fuel efficient?
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The business idea is to convert existing cars into enviro-friendly cars. Converting an existing car into a fuel efficient car uses far less energy and resources than building new enviro-friendly cars AND it achieves the same result. This conversion model will adopt the latest technologies (hybrid engines, stop-engine idle-start technology etc), cost-effectively, and provide car owners with fuel options (eg recharge the battery or fill-up at the petrol station). The product is essentially to drop-off your car to a mechanic, they concert your car into a more fuel efficient vehicle (from a range of solutions), whilst employment outcomes are being created. The mechanic in this business will be the existing engineering facilities of several NGO’s.
About You
Organization:
Eco Car Conversions
About You
First Name

Andrew

Last Name

Hamilton

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About Your Organization
Organization Name

Eco Car Conversions

Organization Country
Country where this project is creating social impact
How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Innovation
What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

The idea (yet to progress beyond an idea) is of Andrew Hamilton, who is experienced in small business, social enterprise development, a car enthusiast and passionate about the environment. I work with social entrepreneurs, growing and accelerating their busienss, so I see daily the challenges people face with barriers to employment, whcih also include transport costs.

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

Yet to deliver as still an idea, however, the social impact will be measured as:

Priority 1: employment
Number of jobs created for people previously marginalised from employment.

Priority 2: access to affordable transport
Reducing the cost of transport for low-income households

Priority 3: reduction in CO2 emissions
Will be measured on a per car basis

How many people have been impacted by your project?

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

1,001-10,000

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

The target market can be broken into 2 distinct groups and phases:

Phase 1:
The immediate people that will benefit from the car conversion – members of the community benefiting from the employment made possible by the social enterprise. With a more fuel efficient car, transport barriers are overcome to then gain employment. Therefore first market is the employees and the immediate community.

Phase 2:

Fleet conversions will be the next target group, whereby a larger number of cars can be converted, whilst creating more employment outcomes. These fleets can include – local councils, local NGO’s, courier companies etc. The target would be fleets of cars old enough to convert and out of their lease arrangement.

Sustainability
What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Legislation opposing car conversions:
Cars have been converted in some way or another since cars became a means of self-expression. So unlikely to prevent our business.
Idea does not get funded so pilot never happens:
pursuing many aveneues to ensure it ptogresses
Pilot car works, but does not support affordability for project rollout:
Lobby govt and component manufacturers to reduce costs of covnersion in the initial 3 year period.

Tell us about your partnerships

Success requires working with other NGO's for:
- training and employment for their constituents
- using available facilities for the conversions
- access to a client base as part of phase 1 rollout

Also require partnerships with:
- CSIRO for technology guidance
- component manufacturers

Explain your selections

I have flagged who WILL be supporting it, rather than the current idea, which is supported by me, but has interest from all that are ticked. Sucess requires support from all ticked parties, and momentum indicates all will be supportive in the near future after phase 1 complete.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

capitalise on success by proving phase 1, then attracting signicant funding support to mainstream the solution.

Challenges
Which barriers to employment does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.

PRIMARY

Lack of skills/training

SECONDARY

Lack of visibility and investment

TERTIARY

Restricted access to new markets

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

The people who will benefit from the social enterprise are engaging with the NGO in terms of employment – training, supported employment, school to work transition, ILM etc. Training is needed for people facing barriers to employment, real work is required for a number of training providers – with the infrastructure but no clients to do work for. More fuel efficient cars are needed.It has been identified that Queensland is in demand of the following skills: Motor mechanic, Auto electricians, Mechanical engineers, Electrical engineers,

Are you trying to scale your organization or initiative?
If yes, please check up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.

PRIMARY

Influenced other organizations and institutions through the spread of best practices

SECONDARY

TERTIARY

Grown geographic reach: Global

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

Primary and secondary are planned within the 5 year strategic plan. Global rollo-out will be subject to a component manufacturer or car manufacturer taking the solution world-wide.

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

Government, Technology providers, NGOs/Nonprofits, Academia/universities.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

Identifying the best solutions available, source of funding, access to infrastructure.

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