2019 Great EV Road Trip

The #LeadingTheCharge 2019 Great EV Road Trip is an annual event, now in its 5th season. A group of electric cars set out around the country stopping at a town near you to hold events. These events are listed below.

Electric vehicles (EVs) aren’t the stuff of science fiction, they are very real and they are here to stay! 

If you haven’t seen an electric vehicle for yourself, come along to a Leading The Charge event.  At these events, you will be able to talk to some of the owners or read information about the current EV situation in New Zealand and what steps are being taken to increase uptake.  At many of them, you'll be able to test drive, or ride in an electric car to feel the difference.

The centres we are holding events are :

 

28 Mar  Rotorua 30 Mar  Taupo 31 Mar  Raumati
2 Apr  Nelson 3 Apr  Westport 4 Apr  Wanaka
5 Apr  Te Anau 7 Apr  Blackmount Otautau 8 Apr  Alexandra
9 Apr  Mosgiel 10 Apr  Dunedin 12 Apr  Kurow
12 Apr  Oamaru 12 Apr  Lake Tekapo 13 Apr  Geraldine
13 Apr  Methven 13/14/15 Apr  Christchurch 14 Apr  Lyttelton & Sumner
16 Apr  Blenheim 17 Apr  Masterton 18 Apr  Palmerston North
19 Apr  Napier 20 Apr  Gisborne 21 Apr  Mt Maunganui
22 Apr  Raglan 24 Apr  Auckland 25 Apr  Dargaville
25 Apr  Whangarei 26 Apr  Cape Reinga    
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    The Octagon in Dunedin, New Zealand

    Dunedin Octagon - 10 April - Great EV Road Trip

    WEDNESDAY 10th April 2019, 10 AM – 2 PM

    New Zealand Electric Vehicle owners and enthusiasts are once again hitting the road and will be visiting Dunedin on the 10th April 2019.

    The fifth annual #LeadingTheCharge Great EV Road Trip will commence in Rotorua on the 28th of March, and wrap up on the 27th of April in Cape Reinga. They will be passing through various parts of Otago between 8th-13th April 2019. 

    This epic national road trip will cover some 5200km+ and include over 40 roadshow type events during the 31-day tour. #LeadingTheCharge aim to highlight the huge advances in EV charging infrastructure, EV ownership, battery tech, and public knowledge of the electrification of transport throughout New Zealand.

    As part of the Dunedin stop-over, the Dunedin EV Owners Group will be hosting several local events in support of the touring electric vehicles.

    Dunedin Events

    (see separate event listings for details)

    9 April – Mosgiel New World Car Park from 4 PM
    Local EV owners will be there to welcome the Leading the Charge drivers into Dunedin as they come in the back route. They will be on hand to answer questions about EV ownership in Dunedin and travelling on the open road.

    April 10 - Octagon 10-2PM
    Electric Vehicle park-up and display. A variety of EVs including; Teslas, BMWs, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, and Nissan will be making the journey and will be joined for the event by local EV owners, e-bikes, e-recumbents. Meet local EV owners and talk about EV ownership in Dunedin and the wider Dunedin area. EV Myth-busting, how to charge, charging cables, EV apps and more. Find out what it’s like to drive an EV around Dunedin or cross-country.

    We will also be joined by the Otago University Marine Research AQUAVAN, making the connection between lowering emissions and direct effects already being experienced in our environment.

    April 10 - Otago Museum 3.-5.30PM  
    Electric Vehicle Park-up and Display PLUS test drives or rides

    April 11 - Rest and sightseeing Day
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    LeadingTheCharge drivers will be staying in town to rest during this gruelling month-long schedule. They will be invited to visit the Albatross Colony, Orokonui Sanctuary and other tourism ventures, making the connection between lowering emissions and direct effects already being experienced in our environment.

    Our local and wider marine environment are being affected by Ocean Acidification affecting everything from calcification of shellfish, seaweed and fish nurseries and phytoplankton, who produce much of the worlds Oxygen. In the future it will be a lonely time in the nest for male tuataras whose sex is determined by how hot it is in the nest.

    Group-ready-take-action-ocean-acidification

    Collaborative-exhibition-highlights-fragility-oceans

    April 12 – EV Convoy to Palmerston
    #LeadingTheCharge Road Trippers and local EV drivers.

    Dunedin has three Rapid charge stations, with two more planned before 2020 and a growing number of destination chargers which have been installed in Dunedin in local businesses such as shopping carparks, supermarkets, cafes and the Warehouse to name but a few.

    Come and join us for the Dunedin pit stop of the EV Road Trip.

    Contact Dunedin EV Owners on email
    Pam McKinlay and Alan Wilden
    Co-conveners Dunedin EV Group

    For updates stay tuned to our events page on Facebook at Dunedin EV Group and #LeadingTheCharge

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 03:00 PM
    Otago Museum in North Dunedin, New Zealand

    Dunedin Museum - 10 April - Great EV Road Trip

    WEDNESDAY 10th April 2019, 3 PM – 5:30PM

    New Zealand Electric Vehicle owners and enthusiasts are once again hitting the road and will be visiting Dunedin on the 10th April 2019.

    The fifth annual #LeadingTheCharge Great EV Road Trip will commence in Rotorua on the 28th of March, and wrap up on the 27th of April in Cape Reinga. They will be passing through various parts of Otago between 8th-13th April 2019. 

    This epic national road trip will cover some 5200km+ and include over 40 roadshow type events during the 31-day tour. #LeadingTheCharge aim to highlight the huge advances in EV charging infrastructure, EV ownership, battery tech, and public knowledge of the electrification of transport throughout New Zealand.

    As part of the Dunedin stop-over, the Dunedin EV Owners Group will be hosting several local events in support of the touring electric vehicles.

    Dunedin Events

    (see separate event listings for details)

    9 April – Mosgiel New World Car Park from 4 PM
    Local EV owners will be there to welcome the Leading the Charge drivers into Dunedin as they come in the back route. They will be on hand to answer questions about EV ownership in Dunedin and travelling on the open road.

    April 10 - Octagon 10-2PM
    Electric Vehicle park-up and display. A variety of EVs including; Teslas, BMWs, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, and Nissan will be making the journey and will be joined for the event by local EV owners, e-bikes, e-recumbents. Meet local EV owners and talk about EV ownership in Dunedin and the wider Dunedin area. EV Myth-busting, how to charge, charging cables, EV apps and more. Find out what it’s like to drive an EV around Dunedin or cross-country.

    We will also be joined by the Otago University Marine Research AQUAVAN, making the connection between lowering emissions and direct effects already being experienced in our environment.

    April 10 - Otago Museum 3.-5.30PM  
    Electric Vehicle Park-up and Display PLUS test drives or rides

    April 11 - Rest and sightseeing Day
    #
    LeadingTheCharge drivers will be staying in town to rest during this gruelling month-long schedule. They will be invited to visit the Albatross Colony, Orokonui Sanctuary and other tourism ventures, making the connection between lowering emissions and direct effects already being experienced in our environment.

    Our local and wider marine environment are being affected by Ocean Acidification affecting everything from calcification of shellfish, seaweed and fish nurseries and phytoplankton, who produce much of the worlds Oxygen. In the future it will be a lonely time in the nest for male tuataras whose sex is determined by how hot it is in the nest.

    Group-ready-take-action-ocean-acidification

    Collaborative-exhibition-highlights-fragility-oceans

    April 12 – EV Convoy to Palmerston
    #LeadingTheCharge Road Trippers and local EV drivers.

    Dunedin has three Rapid charge stations, with two more planned before 2020 and a growing number of destination chargers which have been installed in Dunedin in local businesses such as shopping carparks, supermarkets, cafes and the Warehouse to name but a few.

    Come and join us for the Dunedin pit stop of the EV Road Trip.

    Contact Dunedin EV Owners on email
    Pam McKinlay and Alan Wilden
    Co-conveners Dunedin EV Group

    For updates stay tuned to our events page on Facebook at Dunedin EV Group and #LeadingTheCharge

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 05:30 PM
    Otago Museum in Dunedin, New Zealand

    Dunedin Hutton Theatre - 10 April - Great EV Road Trip

    WEDNESDAY 10th April 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

     

    Educational film screening of "Revenge of the Electric Car" (running time 88 mins) plus Q&A with Chelsea Sexton, at the Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum.

    Family friendly.

    Admission Free but tickets required available at Eventbrite (click link below)

  • Friday, April 12, 2019 at 03:00 PM
    Aotea Gifts Forecourt in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

    Lake Tekapo - 12 April - Great EV Road Trip

    FRIDAY 12th April 2019, 3 – 5 PM

    The Road Trip convoy will be stopping briefly in Tekapo as it heads into Christchurch. This epic journey of over 5,285 km is held annually by #LeadingTheCharge volunteers, whose goal is to promote electric vehicles (EVs) in towns across New Zealand.

    Find out why we love electric cars. Get in behind the wheel to feel the power and excitement of instant torque, no vibration, zero tailpipe emissions, and low, low running costs.


    The EV convoy will be on the old Shell forecourt (now Aotea Gifts) between 3 and 5pm.
    Rides, Drives and Experienced EV Owners will be on hand to answer any EV questions you may have.
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM
    Village Green in Geraldine, New Zealand

    Geraldine - 13 April - Great EV Road Trip

    SATURDAY 13TH April 2019, 10:30 AM until MIDDAY

    Village Green off Talbot Street

    Each year the #LeadingTheCharge campaign sets out on an epic Road Trip of 5,200+ km. The aim is to enable as many New Zealanders to experience first hand, driving an electric vehicle. 

    These sustainable vehicles are different to drive, and most people agree that they're fun, powerful, and quiet. 

    Experience it for yourself. Find out why an electric vehicle may be a cheaper option, in the long run, for you.

    The convoy will only be stopping for an hour and a half. So make a point of setting aside the time to have a look, and more importantly, to make the most of talking to these owners who have the answers to any concerns you may have, or myths that you may have heard.

     

  • Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 03:00 PM
    outside the Blue Pub in Methven, New Zealand

    Methven - 13 April - Great EV Road Trip

    SATURDAY 13th April 2019, 3 – 4 PM

     

    The #LeadingTheCharge Great EV Road Trip will be passing through Methven this year for the first time.

    Now in the 5th year, the Road Trip can now go anywhere in New Zealand due to improvements in the national charging network, and improved vehicle batteries.  EA Networks are installing a brand new public rapid charger in Methven and we want to show the townsfolk why it's an important fixture.

    Now that Methven is connected to the national charging network, owning an EV will become a realistic alternative for locals.  We will have several EV options for you to view and experienced owners/Better NZ Trust volunteers will be on hand to discuss what living with an electric vehicle is like.

    So bring your questions and your curiosity and take advantage of this free event outside the Blue Pub.

  • Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    EV City in Sydenham, New Zealand

    Christchurch EV City - 13 Apr - Movie Night

    SATURDAY 13th April 2019, 7 - 9:30 PM

     

    Join EV City in a very special evening at their showroom.

    "Revenge of the Electric Car" is the second film by director Chris Paine, following the initial hit doco "Who Killed The Electric Car." Star of the original film, Chelsea Sexton, will be flying in from the United States to join the #LeadingTheCharge Road Trip and will be on hand after the screening to answer your questions about the film subject and EV in general.

    This is a "not to be missed" opportunity to hear Chelsea, who has gone on to become an international spokesperson on EV and was consulting producer for the sequel.

    Doors will be opening at 6pm and once the venue is full, no more entry will be allowed. The 90-minute documentary is due to start at 7pm and will be followed by a Q&A session. There is no entry fee.

    Synopsis from IMDB:
    Revenge of the Electric Car presents the recent resurgence of electric vehicles as seen through the eyes of four pioneers of the EV revolution. Director Chris Paine (Who Killed the Electric Car? 2006) has had unprecedented access to the electric car research and development programs at General Motors, Nissan, and Tesla Motors, while also following a part time electric car converter who refuses to wait for the international car makers to create the electric cars the public demands. As more models of electric cars than ever before start to arrive in showrooms and driveways across the world, Chris Paine's film offers an inspiring, entertaining and definitive account of this revolutionary moment in human transportation. Revenge of the Electric Car follows these auto makers as they race each other to create the first, best, and most publicly accepted electric cars for the new car market. Written by Michelle Kaffko 2012
  • Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM · 4 rsvps
    EV City in Sydenham, New Zealand

    Christchurch - 14 April - Great EV Road Trip

    SUNDAY 14th April 2019, 12 MIDDAY – 2 PM

     

    EV City are hosting two very special events in their Showroom to welcome the #LeadingTheCharge Great EV Road Trippers into Christchurch.

    Following on from an exciting film screening the evening before, EV City will again throw open its doors to both the general public and Christchurch EV Owners for a full agenda of fun. 


    Order of Events:


    Sunday Midday: Road Trippers arrive
    Welcome speeches
    Nibbles and coffee
    Test Drives and EV Information
    Conversation and a chance to catch up with Better NZ Trustees

    Also don't miss the fascinating cutaway LEAF called X-Ray, which will be at home in the EV City showroom.

     

    At the conclusion, the road trippers, and locals who wish to join in will head off in convoy to Lyttelton for the next event.

  • Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 02:30 PM · 2 rsvps
    Albion Square in Lyttelton, New Zealand

    Lyttelton - 14 April - Great EV Road Trip

    SUNDAY APRIL 14TH 2019, 2:30 - 3:30 PM

     

    The annual #LeadingTheCharge Great EV Road Trip will be heading out in convoy to Lyttelton via SH76 and SH74 on Sunday 14th. The cars will park up at Albion Square, where they'll be available for test drives and/or rides and the owners will be on hand to talk about owning an electric vehicle.  

    It's your chance to ask any questions you may have about electric transportation and to view a wide range of electric vehicles all in one place.

    At 3:30 they'll be carrying on to a similar event in Sumner.

     

    Entry: Free

  • Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 04:00 PM
    25 Esplanade Carpark in Sumner, New Zealand

    Sumner - 14 April - Great EV Road Trip

    SUNDAY APRIL 14TH 2019, 4PM - 5PM

     

    Directly after the annual #LeadingTheCharge Road Trip has left Lyttelton, they'll be heading into Sumner for a late afternoon of Electric Vehicles on the beachfront.

    This is your chance to catch this large group of Electric Vehicle owners from across the country in a wide range of electric models.  If you have questions or just want to know more about this sustainable transport option, please come and find us.  There will also be cars to test drive with no sales pressure.

    Child friendly event
    Free of charge.

    Hosted by#LeadingTheCharge and the Christchurch EV Owners group