As he readily admits, Osher Gunsberg has made a living telling people they’re not getting what they want, be it pop star hopefuls on Australian Idol or lovestruck contestants on the Bachelor and Bachelorette.
But the man formerly known as Andrew G says he has gotten what he wants with the arrival of the new Nissan Leaf.
Gunsberg has long been an advocate for electric vehicles, having first owned one while living in California in 2011.
He is currently on his third Leaf and also has an electric scooter.
The 45-year-old says he is excited to see more and more motorists open their minds to the possibilities of electric cars.
Speaking at the Leaf’s launch in Victoria, he says it is a common- sense solution for the future.
“I don’t need to tell you why we need to move towards low-carbon or carbon-neutral future,” he says.
“You’ve seen what the science says, you’re smart people, you’ve got children and younger people you care about. There’s nothing for us to do but move away from carbon fuels and to embrace other ways of generating and using the energy which powers our way of life.
“I feel it’s up to countries like us to develop ways to live the way that we do in a sustainable way, creating a model that can be replicated around the world.”
But Gunsberg stresses his passion for electric vehicles isn’t based solely on a moral obligation to doing right by the planet — he says it’s also massively convenient.
“For years, we’ve been sold the idea that going out of our way to buy a fuel with varying levels of price and variable accessibility is a really good idea — it isn’t,” he said.
“But that’s the way we’ve always done things, so we think it’s the right thing to do. But it’s not. We should be able to fuel where we are, where we want to be and where we want to go — not on a six-lane road 10 minutes from my house.
“I fuel up in two main locations: at my home and at Coles, when I buy my groceries. Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could all do that?”