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    
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 03:00 PM
    Victoria Canopy Bridge in Whangarei, New Zealand

    Whangarei - 25 April - Great EV Road Trip

    THURSDAY 25th April 2019, 3 – 5 PM


    This ANZAC Day, the #LeadingTheCharge volunteers are bringing their electric convoy to the Canopy Bridge in Whangarei. The public are invited to come and talk to the volunteers about owning an electric car. There will be plenty of expert information, test drives or rides so you can experience the thrill of these powerful cars.

    Don't miss out: 2 hours only.

  • Friday, April 26, 2019 at 04:00 PM · 3 rsvps
    Kerikeri Retirement Village in Kerikeri, New Zealand

    Kerikeri - 26 April - Great EV Road Trip

    FRIDAY 26th April 2019, 4 – 5 PM

    The Kerikeri Retirement Village is throwing open its gates to the public to come along to an Electric Vehicle EVent.

    The #LeadingTheCharge Great EV Road Trip is in its fifth successful year, and travels right around the country aiming to promote electric vehicles at each stop it makes along the way. 

    In the past they've visited Paihia, but this year they are coming to Kerikeri where they'll be hosted by the EV-friendly folk at the Kerikeri Retirement Village. 

    After an epic 31 days, 41 events and 5,200km+, the road trippers will finish the following day at Cape Reinga. We expect a wide range of vehicles to be in attendance during these final stages, as well as experienced EV owners who can answer any questions you may have about this sustainable transport option.

    Friends and family of the Retirement Villagers and the general public are all welcome. The event will be held in the main carpark or as directed on the day.  



  • Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 05:45 PM
    Lighthouse parking area in Cape Reinga, New Zealand

    Cape Reinga - 27 April - Great EV Road Trip 2019

    SUNDAY 27th April 2019, 5:45 PM - 6:30 PM

    After an epic 5,285km the 2019 Great EV Road Trip will come to its conclusion as we once again reach Cape Reinga.

    This will be an informal gathering just to watch the sunset & finish.