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 an event or talk to a local dealer.  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.

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  • Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 04:00 PM
    Raumati Beach in Raumati Beach, New Zealand

    Raumati - 31 March - Great EV Road Trip

    SUNDAY 31st March 2019, 4 - 5 PM

    The #LeadingTheCharge Great EV Road Trip is once again travelling around the country. This time doing a giant loop of over 5,200 km.  They will be stopping at 31 town centres and holding 41 (mostly public) educational events. Raumati Beach will be their 3rd stop as they travel between Taupo and Wellington.

    They'll be spoilt for choice with all the new chargers that are being installed thanks to a joint effort between ChargeNet NZ and the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority. This particular charger will be brand spanking new and ready for an official opening. All will be welcome to attend, where not only will you be there for the ribbon cutting, but you'll also have a chance to look at four of the 17 vehicles that will be joining the road trip at various stages. There will be a Hyundai Kona, a modified Nissan Leaf, a BMW i3, and a Tesla Model S in attendance plus local vehicles.

    In addition, special guest Chelsea Sexton will be watching on and ready to meet local EV owners.

    So, if you're thinking about buying an EV, have a load of questions about their viability, or just curious about them, come to the charger opening between 4 and 5pm, where you'll be able to talk to experienced EV owners and experts.

  • Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    Millers Acre Carpark in Nelson, New Zealand

    Nelson - 2 April - Great EV Road Trip 2019

    TUESDAY 2ND APRIL 2019, 10 AM - 12 MIDDAY

    Discover Electric Cars both fully electric and plug-in hybrid. Have your EV questions answered by the #LeadingTheCharge team who will be in Nelson during their annual road trip right around New Zealand.
     
    Take a car for a test drive or ride in a Tesla. Experience these quiet, vibration free, powerful cars. Look at different options and price brackets without the hard sell from dealers. Ask real owners why they will never go back to ordinary cars. Find out where you can buy one of these for yourself.
     
    This free event will be held In the carpark at Millers Acre (off Halifax Street), next to the EV Charger. The convoy will be there for two hours only before they head off towards Westport.
     
    Thanks to Nelson City Council for organising this EVent.
    LOCAL VOLUNTEERS REQUESTED
  • Thursday, April 04, 2019 at 03:00 PM
    Lakefront near Log Cabin in Wanaka, New Zealand

    Wanaka - 4 April - Great EV Road Trip

    THURSDAY 4th April 2019, 3 – 5 PM

    Discover Electric Cars both fully electric and plug-in hybrid. Have your EV questions answered by the #LeadingTheCharge team who will be in Wanaka during their annual road trip right around New Zealand.
     
    Take a car for a test drive or ride in a Tesla. Experience these quiet, vibration free, powerful cars. Look at different options and price brackets without the hard sell from dealers. Ask real owners why they will never go back to ordinary cars. Find out where you can buy one of these for yourself.
     
    This free event will be held In the carpark near the log cabin on the Lakefront (CBD)
  • Friday, April 05, 2019 at 10:00 AM through April 07, 2019
    Claudelands Events Centre in Claudelands, New Zealand

    Hamilton - 5-7 Apr - Go Eco at Waikato Show

    Just like Bilbo Baggins, the Waikato Show is turning one hundred and eleventy, after celebrating 110 years in 2018. This year, Electric Vehicles will be included.

    Explore ... Engage ... Educate ... Experience ... Enjoy ... Eat!

    The Waikato Winter Show has come a long way from its Waikato Winter Show roots.  It is now an extravaganza of different community projects.

    6 shows in 1

    Spread over 3 days, you might need them to view everything. You will find the following:

    - 50+ and Loving It

    - Alpaca Colourbration

    - Animal Expo

    - Clubs and Creativity Showcase

    - Cultural Village

    - Homegrown Harvest

    - Homexpo

    - Lifelong Learning Expo

    - Live on the Lawn

    - Mahon's Amusements (Carnival)

    - Safety Expo

    - Schools Day Out

    - Te Papanui (Go Eco hosting Sustainable Transport options)

    - Wellbeing Show

    - Youth Expo

    Electric Vehicles

    Better NZ Trust EV Champions Robert and Vanessa, will be organising an EV display at this massive event. They will be part of the GOEco area.

     

     

    Ticketing

    Friday

    General Admission: $5

    Under 5's: Free

    Family Pass (2 adults, up to 3 kids): $18

     

    Online Early Bird Special Saturday & Sunday, until Friday 5th April :

    Adults at kids prices: $8, Kids (5yrs-16yrs): $8, Under 5's Free

    Family Pass (2 adults, up to 3 kids): $30

    Gold Card/Veterans Card: $5

    Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th:

    Adults: $12, Kids (5yrs-16yrs): $8, Under 5's Free

    Family Pass (2 adults, up to 3 kids): $34

    Gold Card/Veterans Card: $5

  • Friday, April 05, 2019 at 03:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Fiordland Events Centre in Te Anau, New Zealand

    Te Anau - 5 April - Great EV Road Trip

    FRIDAY, APRIL 5TH, 2019 - 3:30 PM - 5 PM

    FIORDLAND COMMUNITY EVENTS CENTRE CARPARK

    A contingent of the #LeadingTheCharge Great EV Road Trip will be passing through Te Anau this year for the first time.

    Now in the 5th year, the Road Trip can finally make it to the West Coast due to improvements in the national charging network, and improved vehicle batteries.  This will be even easier once planned west coast chargers are fully installed during 2019.

    Once Fiordland is linked to the national charging network, owning an EV will become a realistic alternative for locals.  We will have about three 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 Fiordland Events Centre.

  • 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 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.