The love that Margaret McDonald and Hugh Sykes have for each other is best described as electric.

The pair had lived houses apart in a retirement village on the NSW Central Coast for a few years.

But they weren’t aware of each other until a new electric vehicle (EV) drove through the front gates.

“I had heard all this village buzz that this man called Hugh Sykes had bought a Tesla,” Ms McDonald, 77, said.

“I was a bit miffed because I was no longer the queen of the village with the only electric car.”

She wrote him an email congratulating him and asked if she could see it.

“Men expect the love of their life to come knocking on their door,” Mr Sykes, 81, said.

“Anyway, she did.”

After being divorced for 40 years, Ms McDonald was convinced she would never marry again.

But the pair had so much in common, they got hitched in June, about a year after they met.


The pair got married at Avoca Beach.(ABC Central Coast: Sofie Wainwright)

One of the only speed bumps has been deciding which car to take to the ceremony and on trips away.

“[Hugh’s] car is white and mine is coloured, and he thought it was more bridal than mine,” Ms McDonald said.

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