The EV Future is Bright
Industry Update From Drive Electric
New Zealand now has nearly 800 electric vehicles registered on NZ roads – more than double from this time last year: Starting
out as pure linear growth in 2013 and early 2014, EV registrations in New Zealand are now getting closer to exponential in numbers, and this bodes very well for a visibly accelerated uptake across the country.
The technology continues to improve. For example, the 2016 Nissan Leaf will have a 27% longer range than the previous version. New models continue to come onto the market. We are seeing some of these in New Zealand, but overseas all the major car companies now offer EV, either plug in hybrids or pure electrics. At the Drive Electric AGM two major European car companies agreed that the future was electric. These car companies indicated that within 2-3 years all drivetrains will be electric. We are also seeing government demonstrate a genuine desire to engage and support electric cars.
The Ministry of Transport is convening a working group to develop a ‘NZ Inc’ package of measures to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles. The working group involves members from central and local government and industry. Drive Electric will play a very active role in this dialogue.
At this stage, key issues the working group will address include:
- Joint government-business EV uptake targets – determining what is a reasonable level of uptake to aspire towards
- Governance – establishing the best way to bring relevant public and private sector players together on an ongoing basis to drive electric vehicle uptake
- An NZ Inc electric vehicle package – developing a plan parties can commit to
The Ministry of Transport is working toward finalising a proposed package for consideration by Chief Executives of working group members by the end of October 2015.
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DELTA EV CHARGER INSTALLED AT YHI AUCKLAND
Visitors with electric vehicles are invited to take advantage of the newly installed Delta AC EV Charger on their next visit to YHI’s Auckland office.