Alpine Opens Their Doors to EV Group

We were unsure if EV Owners would be able to attend a Friday evening visit to Alpine Energy, but in the end but a good number of owners arrived, including three new members for whom this was their first community event.

Alpine Energy was one of the early adopters for Electric Vehicle Fast Charging in the South Island.

In fact, CEO Andrew Tombs said it was, at the time, one of the easiest proposals to get through the companys Board and they saw the benefit of Electric Vehicles taking advantage of the distribution infrastructure already installed to use to better effect.

 

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Season 5 Formula E News

"If Racing Was a Game, Consider It Changed."

With just a month to go, we're getting excited about ABB FIA Formula E: Season 5.

 

Edoardo Mortara (Venturi Formula E Team), Valencia pre-season testing - Credit: LAT/Formula E

 

Formula E's on-screen offering is set to be shaken up this year, alongside the introduction of Gen2 cars, and the arrival of the first Japanese manufacturer to race in FE: Nissan e.dams.

Other changes include: new cities across five continents; one car per driver - no more mid-race car swaps; 45 min timed races - no more set laps; and increased power - higher top speeds.

 

BMW i Andretti Motorsport has emerged on top in first season as factory team at pre-season testing ahead of season five.

 

Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW i Andretti Motorsport), Valencia pre-season testing - Credit: LAT/Formula E
 
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Model X Visits Schools

EV Champion of the Year, Martin Kane, created an opportunity recently to visit two schools with a Tesla Model X.
 
He was transporting the car from Auckland to South Canterbury and tweeted his plans before setting off.
 
Te Akau Ki Papamoa School near Tauranga saw the tweet and requested a visit, and two classes of about 40 students met with Martin. The Tesla entertained them with its little "dance" and the children joined in dancing along with it.

 
Also responding to the tweet was a small rural school on the outskirts of Featherston. With a tight schedule, Martin managed to fit a visit in for them too. Three classes of varying ages had a great time asking questions.
 
Both schools loved the idea of learning about Electric Vehicles. It fits in with the future-focussed sustainability theme in the NZ Curriculum.
 
Martin believes the future of mobility is a fascinating topic for school children. As a Champion for Better NZ Trust, he's on a mission to make everyone as excited about it as we are.
 
If visiting your local school with an EV is something you'd like to arrange, we will soon be able to provide primary-aged activities for you to take along. We will also have a PowerPoint presentation available soon for senior high tech or sustainability classes.
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EVS31 - An Overview

 

New Zealand Waves The Flag at International EV Symposium

EVS31 is an annual trade show for electric vehicles and arguably the most influential EV Exhibition in the world.
The 31st Annual Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS31) has just been held in Kobe, Japan. This enormous exhibition featured new technologies and innovations, and also provided a platform for delegates to share their research and stories.  
With lectures presented by Clem Arlidge (Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority-EECA), James Cozens (ChargeNet NZ) & Donald Love (Flip The Fleet), New Zealand showed the other nations that, despite being tucked away off the map, we are making our mark on the EV world.  
All three lectures echoed similar themes of collaboration and community. All three asserted that nobody is an island. The message I heard was, "we are all simply different cogs in a larger machine." 
EECA spoke about helping with finance and education. ChargeNet NZ is building infrastructure and developing technology. Flip the Fleet provide "citizen science" to educate the public and provide invaluable data to the various cogs in the machine.
These three, along with many more businesses, small and large, are all responsible for our part in transportation history as we proceed towards the enlightened shift away from fossil fuelled vehicles.
[Amy Roper - Better NZ Trust - 10 Oct 2018]

 

 

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EECA Business Awards 2018

National award for Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa! Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa has won the Innovation category of the EECA Business Awards! The complex has recently begun trialling New Zealand’s first 65kW Capstone micro turbine generator which converts methane from its thermal water bores into electricity.

The EECA Business Awards were held on September 26th at the Villa Maria Estate in Auckland.

The theme this year was innovation and leadership.

The awards are about celebrating successful businesses and people who reduce carbon emissions and save energy. They are about recognizing a successful reduction of our impact on climate change. Electric Vehicles play an important part of this story, as Transport accounts for 20% of NZ's carbon emissions. Once again EV adopters were included amongst the winners.

“There are no losers here,” said Andrew Caseley, Chief Executive of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). “Least of all our environment and economy."

Judging for the EECA Business Awards 2018 was provided by the University of Waikato, whose Energy Research Group is recognised as one of New Zealand’s foremost industrial engineering learning organisations.

Click here to see a full list of award winners and the judges' notes 

A quick roundup of 2018 award winners were:

 

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Recipe for Reducing Traffic Pollution

During the recent 2018 International Drive Electric Week, I was lucky enough to test out the smooth drive of a brand new Yoogo Share BMW i3. It wasn’t just the electric glide, but the whole Yoogo Share experience went smoothly. 

But after I returned the car I felt quite deflated.

 

Yoogo Share is a fully electric car sharing service.


 

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Electric SUV Mummies-car Slays Ferrari Supercar in Unofficial Race

A 16-month-old thrashed family 7-seater has thoroughly beaten a racing car off the start line at the Highlands Motorsport track. The friendly race had professional drivers in both vehicles at the International Drive Electric Week event in Cromwell on Sunday.

It came as no surprise to the Tesla fans in the crowd, although I'm sure there were some doubts amongst others.

The Ferrari seemed to almost catch the Tesla as it reached the straight line finish, although some claim this may be because electric vehicles can slow just as quickly as they can take off.

The event was organised jointly by FlipTheFleet and the Dunedin EV Owners Group and proudly supported by #LeadingTheCharge.

Electric Vehicles are no strangers to racing, with the overall winner at Pikes Peak, an EV this year as well. Meanwhile, Formula-E is gaining in popularity with speeds becoming almost comparable to Formula One. This is especially so amongst the younger generations apparently because the format suits interactive crowd participation.  The #LeadingTheCharge campaigners are also no strangers to EV vs Petrol racing, with a similar race between a Tesla Model S squarely beating a McLaren supercar four times in a row at Ardmore track, even when the Tesla was carrying an especially great political guest.

There will be another EV track day shortly. This time in the North Island at Hampton Downs racetrack on 7 October, hosted by the Electric Vehicle Association of Aotearoa.

[Rachelle Tilsley - Better NZ Trust - 10 Sept 2018]

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Yoogo Share IDEW Special Deal

If you'll be in either CHRISTCHURCH or AUCKLAND during IDEW: Don't Miss This!

Better NZ Trust has discovered that Yoogo Share are offering a super discounted IDEW rate. Not only that but following on from their astounding success in Christchurch, they've now officially opened their new branch in Auckland.

Yoogo Share are offering their private members a special $10 nightly rate for Intl Drive Electric Week. This means you can drive one of their BMW i3 or Hyundai IONIQs from 6pm to 8am for this great discounted price.

https://www.yoogoshare.co.nz/drive-electric-week-2018

Yoogo Share is currently free to join with no membership fees – To sign up head to yoogoshare.co.nz and make a booking.

Yoogo Share access cards are needed to drive their cars – these cards are your key to drive the pure EVs. Cards usually take 5-7 working days to arrive via mail, however for Intl Drive Electric Week Yoogo Share can speed up this process – just give their team a call on 0800 GO SHARE and they’ll get an access card to you in time for your booking.

What more could you ask of them? A great deal with an unbelievably low overnight price. 

So great that I'm going to try it out myself.

 

[Rachelle Tilsley - Better NZ Trust - 9 Sept 2018]

#IDEW2018 #IDEW #LEADINGTHECHARGE

 

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Introducing Our Newest Champions

 

What is a #LeadingTheCharge Champion

The EV community in NZ is a passionate collection of people who want to share their EV enthusiasm with the rest of the world. 

They live with the benefits and enjoyment that comes from owning an EV and as good Evangelists want to let other people experience that enjoyment too! These people often join #LeadingTheCharge as volunteer members, as a way of cohesively promoting EV in a big way, rather than lots of individuals doing their own thing.

The “Better NZ Trust” has members living up and down the country, but in each region there is a stand-out local Champion (or two) who either regularly puts their hand up to organise EV events in their area under the Trust umbrella, or supports the Better NZ Trust in some other substantial way. Our Champions are early adopters of EV (many were pioneers) and give a huge amount of their time and care to Champion the Cause of EV through education, displays, events, etc.

And by using the Better NZ Trust umbrella, they can access our collateral, financial support, advice and wider audience. The Trust, in turn, receives its support under its EECA mandate and from its generous sponsors. The Trust was set up by the original EV Champions in NZ, and the current Trustees continue to volunteer their time.  

 

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Evolocity Electric Wheels Festival Coming to Hamilton

 

Don't miss Hamilton's first-ever electrically charged Festival – celebrating the acceleration into our lives of E-vehicles!

Held in partnership with the Waikato Engineering Careers Association and Waikato EV Owners, the EVolocity Electric Wheels Festival, is coming to Kartsport Track, opposite the airport, Saturday, September 29.

The festival includes the Waikato regional finals of EVolocity, the electric vehicle secondary schools competition. Executive Director Rob McEwen says EVolocity Waikato has thirty-nine teams competing from 21 Waikato schools this year, more than any other region in New Zealand. "But, it's not just the number of schools and teams, it's the Waikato attitude and determination which sets them apart from the rest."

 

 

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