The EV community are a passionate group and always willing to help. This site is run mostly by volunteers who do so because they love their cars and how good they are for the planet.
Or check out the events page and see if there are any events in your area. There you can talk face to face with EV owners.
The Where to buy link has a number of friendly dealers who can offer test drives or coming soon we will have a way to contact an owner near you who can offer a ride.
If you can't find what you are looking for then you are welcome to ask a question here. If you share it the community will respond and also it will be responded to by one of the web managers.
Is there a list and a bunch of photos of the vehicles so we can see what is coming/been?
Please can anyone tell me how I can get a Tesla to the Blenheim A&P Park on Saturday 22nd April for the "Marlborough Earth Day Party". We will have Leafs and a BMWi3 to demonstrate to the public at the event but we really need a Tesla. Are there any generous owners out there who would come aloing to exhibit their car and talk about what it is like to own. We can cover your charging costs for the travel to and from. Peter Deacon 021 210 7769
hi there,we know it is currently way too expensive for the average low income earner to go out and buy a EV or BEV so was wondering is there any form of subsidy for converting an existing car to either hybrid or full electric as we have a classic 1970's Triumph 2.5L TC car that we would love to do a conversion on it not only to be different but more importantly for sustainability and future-proofing our existance as a human race as a result of climate change. plus we would need to know where in Canterbury to get it done within the next 12 months to 2yrs. t.i.a. from jamie
Hi, I'm a new member just signed up. I'm writing because I just got off the phone with a very helpful guy at www.kapiticars.co.nz (probably a good place form Wellingtonians to buy an EV).
He told me lots. For instance did you know that there is an OBD-II (bluetooth) adaptor just under the dash of a Nissan Leaf, and if you download the app: 'Leaf Spy' on your smart phone, you can then interrogate the car to find out the condition of the battery and other things?
Regarding the battery, it's best at 12 bars, but battery life in cars can vary widely. For instance while a 2014 Leaf may have 20,000kms on the clock, the battery could be a great 11 or 12 bars, while a 5,000km 2015 model may have only 10 or 11 bars. He also said it's all about the battery not the mileage! Thus the importance of checking out the battery (via the app) when buying. This app will give you the exact battery life percentage eg. 92%.
He would buy a higher milage car with a better battery condition any day. He also mentioned that if a car has been sitting around for a while, the battery reading can be low by 1 or 2%, but this can come back-up with running (constant recharging on 'fast charge’ can cause a battery to prematurely age). He also mentioned that the old idea of charging to 80% has now gone. It's now best to charge to 100% so that the top 20% gets used and isn't lost by the battery's memory, so to speak (the 2016 Leafs no longer have the 80% charge option).
Finally he had a word or two about charging plugs. He didn't see a lot of advantage a 6.6kwh charge unit (as apposed to a 3.3kwh) as it is by-passed on ‘quick charge’ units anyway, and when charging on a house plug the current is restricted to 5.8 amps, and 15 amps on a caravan plug. So the higher spec charger's full potential isn't realised. However it will still make a home charge faster (twice as fast?). An installed charge unit has a thermistor which limits the power drawn so that it doesn't over heat. The Leaf battery technology changed for the 2016 model. They now have 30kwh batteries and 6.6kw charges as standard (as apposed to the previous 24kwh & 3.3kwh).
Anyway I found all this very helpful and hopefully you will too. Now to actually buy a car!
Looking at 2011 with low mileage on Trade Me. Does the battery life go by age or mileage? Are there any members with i-MiEV that could be contacted for some constructive advice? We are in Palmerston North. Any in the lower North Island? Looking forward to your reply. Kind regards Ernst Watts
We are currently in the process of buying a gen 1 nissan leaf wnd where wondering where we would go when we need to replace the battery. We will be the first people we know of to buy an electric car so unsure of where to go if something does go wrong?
Hi, I would like to test out the waters of EV and rent some cars for our family gathering during the new year holidays in Queenstown, any advice who to contact there ?
Hi James. I wonder if we need to inform vehicle related services about the nuances of EVs. E.g. only flat deck towing, where to find the power safety cut wires for first responders (NZ Fire Service and St Johns)?
One of the questions that came up regularly during International Drive Electric Week was about disposal of batteries so I am posting a question AND an answer here and will be adding this to FAQs soon
Who was running the Wanaka Farmers Market event, I would like to follow up with a few questions.
Which EVs are capable of towing a load that Jo Average will buy a diesel SUV for currently? Let's say a "boat"...
Hi there, I've been looking into getting an electric car, a Mitsubishi i-Miev to be specific. My main issue however is that I'd be the first person I know getting an electric car, so if something goes wrong, I won't know who to turn to for help with maintenance, servicing, WOFs, etc. Especially as Mitsubishi no longer sells them in NZ, I'm concerned that I'd be on my own. Another issue is that to buy one, it'd need to be a Japanese import, and it's likely that the battery would have already run down partially and would need a replacement in a few short years. I've tried finding out how much a new battery would cost, and I couldn't get an information on this, so I feel like if I was to buy an i-MiEV, I'd be setting myself up for a potential bill of who-knows-how-much in the near future. Another barrier I have is that I'm unable to charge it at my home, as I don't have a garage. There is a free charging station at Sylvia Park near by, however I don't want to be forced to go shopping for 5+ hours every time I want to charge. Thus wondering if anyone has experience with installing an outdoor charger on the side of their house? I'm wondering how much it would cost and what company would be good to talk to about this (electricians?) Quite a few questions, hopefully someone is able to help! I'd really like to get an electric car, it just seems too risky (with lots of hidden expenses and limited guarantees and support from the i-MiEV seller). Thanks, Chris Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi there, Is it possible to post the following invitation to ensure local Dunedin EV Enthusists are aware it's on? DCC Electric Vehicle Public Charger Opening Wednesday 14 September 2016 10:00am First Floor Great King Street Car Park Building between St Andrew Street and Hanover Street Email email@example.com to register.