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.
For details of past events look at our blog
SATURDAY 13th April 2019, 7 - 9:30 PMJoin 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 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
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 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.
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
TUESDAY 16th April, 2019, 10:30 AM until MIDDAY
Join the road trippers in Blenheim as they do one more South Island event before heading off on the ferry for the North Island. This is likely to be a mighty event, with an expected 17 road trip participants in 11 cars.
Some cars will be old favourites and others will be brand new directly off the boat.
Liz Davidson Place is situated right in the centre of town and is named after the town's first female mayor. It is part of a redevelopment and beautifying plan by the Council, who have kindly let us use it.
All are welcome to come and view the cars, meet the Trustees and EV Owners, and/or learn about EV ownership. Perhaps you'll even get a chance to drive or ride in an EV if you haven't before.
WEDNESDAY, April 17th 2019, 12 – 1 PM
Finally, the #LeadingTheCharge annual road trip will be stopping in Masterton, where special guests will be welcoming us. For one hour, you'll be able to look at their vehicles, take one for a drive and talk about EV ownership with experienced EV Owners.
This will be the 5th Annual Road Trip and will cover some 5,200km+ over 31 days. The Road Trippers will stop daily in different towns to hold events and raise awareness of electric vehicles.
Good Friday 19th April 2019, 12PM to 4PMDRIVES, RIDES, DISPLAYS, Q&A
The Great EV Road Trip by #LeadingTheCharge will be arriving in the Hawkes Bay on Good Friday 2019. This year, we are holding the event in Napier at Anderson's Park, Taradale.
This EVent will coincide with Season 4 of New Zealand's largest and newest SUSTAINABLE travelling event! The Extravaganza Fair!
We will be found in the main carpark, Kennedy Road, near to the Extravaganza Fair Stalls
- Magic Shows, Musicians, and Performers on the solar-powered stage.
- Family Games, Food, Tarot Readings, Circus and Boho shopping.
- Tiny homes and Electric Vehicles
https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2019/the-extravaganza-fair/napier for more information.
ENTRANCE IS FREE
SATURDAY 20 April 2019, 2 – 4 PM
If you're in Gisborne over the Easter Weekend, come down to the main street and take a look at the electric cars parked up outside Electric Village as they recharge.
If there's interest we'll stay until 4 pm. Experienced EV Owners can answer any questions you may have and explain how one of these powerful cars might fit into your life.
SUNDAY 21ST APRIL, MT MAUNGANUI, 3PM - 5PM
Once again, Bayfair Mall will welcome back the #LeadingTheCharge Great EV Road Trip 2019.
We'll be stopping at the mall to recharge and meet any locals who are keen to find out more about living with an electric car. We can be found in the ground floor carpark off Girven Road, adjacent to an entrance near ASB.
We'll be offering rides, and drives, advice and information, direct access to dealers, a variety of privately owned electric vehicles all in one place.
THURSDAY 25th April 2019, 1 – 2 PM
CHANGE OF VENUE: NOW AT THE WAREHOUSE CARPARK
The Great EV Road Trip cars will be pulling into Dargaville just after midday, on our tour of New Zealand. You'll notice us arrive when you see our ANZAC Day procession down the main street, as our way of marking this solemn day.
We will then proceed around to The Warehouse and be situated in the carpark where we'll be holding a mini-event.
If you are curious about electric cars or were wondering what the fuss was about, and why people love them so much, then come armed with your questions. We are all experienced EV owners and have the information you need to find out if an EV will fit into your lifestyle, either now or in the next few years.
Come down for a chat, and possibly a test drive or ride in an EV. Experience the difference for yourself.