The Better NZ Trust has been at the forefront of educating the NZ public as to the benefits of driving an electric car for five years, and we continue with this valuable mission. Since 2016 and the first big scale RoadTrip the Trust has offered rides and drives in EVs, to enthuse potential purchasers that an EV really is so much fun to drive, and can help reduce CO2 emissions significantly. Such a reduction is imperative if catastrophic global warming is to be avoided.
The Trust is now supporting an Australian project called IDLE OFF, which has been developed to inform and educate school children as to the harm that fossil-fuelled cars make when idling outside school gates. See https://www.idleoff.com.au/ and find detailed information and project work sheets to start an air quality conversation!
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · June 18, 2020 11:10 AM
Templehopft Airport, Berlin
Season Six of ABB FIA Formula E racing was thrown into shambles earlier this year with the global lockdown due to COVID-19.
Racing continued in a virtual eRacing format, but those results will not form part of the championship results table. Even so, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and Audi Sport Abt Schlaefer took the races very seriously as discovered by veteran German driver Daniel Abt, who was first fined by FIA and then suspended by the Audi team for faking it, ie: allowing a ringer gamer to race on his behalf (sim racer Lorenz Hoerzing.)
Abt's FE career is now over despite him previously competing in every Formula E race to date. To some, it seems too big a punishment considering the eRaces were just for fun. Audi continues the season with just one driver on the team: Brazilian, Lucas di Grassi.
Daniel Abt, Suspended for cheating during eSports race. image: Yahoo Sports
Formula E announced today that the season will continue from August with FIA approving six live races over nine days at Templehopf Airport in Berlin.
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · June 11, 2020 12:54 PM
"The average car stays on the road for over eight years; meaning that even if the whole world switched to buying 100% electric cars tomorrow, it would still take almost a decade for today's internal-combustion engines to be off the road," Greg Smithies, partner at BMW i Ventures, said in a statement.
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · May 06, 2020 4:10 PM
image Better NZ Trust
Amid the tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic, some see signs of hope for the future in the clear skies and quiet streets that have resulted from lockdowns around the world. History tells us that major crises have a way of accelerating changes that were already underway. Could it be that we’re witnessing the beginning of the end of the Oil Age?
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · April 23, 2020 11:19 AM
[Michelle Lewis - Electrek - Apr. 22nd 2020]
Just days afterAustria shut its last coal power plant, Sweden has followed suit with the closure of Stockholm Exergi AB’s Värtaverket plant, two years ahead of schedule. Belgium shut down its last coal power station in 2016.
According to Europe Beyond Coal, six more countries are expected to follow suit by 2025 or earlier, including:
Five more will drop coal by 2030 or earlier, which is the necessary end date for coal generation in Europe for the continent to be in line with the Paris Agreement. This includes:
the Netherlands (2029),
Discussions are currently under way in the Czech Republic, Spain, and North Macedonia over when to exit coal.
Germany intends to exit coal by 2038, which would mean it would not meet the Paris Agreement.
The University of New South Wales (UNSW), one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities, is undertaking a survey, on Electric Vehicles, lead by Gail Broadbent and Professor Graciela Metternicht. In particular they want to use New Zealand as a case study to find out what has driven our EV sales and build on their previous research.
The survey target is 600 respondents, and Gail Broadbent has asked the Better NZ Trust to help them find participants.
New Zealand currently has a national light passenger fleet of some 20,000 EVs. This compares to Australia who are lagging behind at approx 16,000 electric vehicles.
In 2019, 6971 light electric vehicles were brought into New Zealand and registered for the first time. That may seem close to Australia’s tally (6,718 in 2019), but in a population of less than 5 million compared to Australia’s population of over 25 million.
Last year, Australian Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten revealed his party’s plan to have half of the country's new cars sold in 2030 be electric vehicles. With a national fleet of 14.3 million vehicles, they (on a normal year) would expect in excess of 1.15 million new car registrations. Shorten's plans for 50% of this number is therefore significant in terms of climate change and achievability.
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · April 02, 2020 11:40 AM
Liebherr and Designwerk have developed the first fully electric truck mixers with 10 and 12 m³ drums on a 5-axle chassis.
Concrete production in the concrete plants is clean and environmentally friendly, as the mixing plants operate electrically. This is not yet the case when transporting the concrete to the construction site: Up to now, powerful diesel engines have been the norm for such applications - combined with emissions in terms of exhaust gases and noise.
Liebherr says the ETM 1005 and 1205 truck mixers transport large quantities of concrete to the construction site quietly and reliably without exhaust emissions. Charging is normally only necessary at night due to the large accumulator capacities, the company adds.
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · April 02, 2020 10:13 AM
RECYCLING AT OVER 600 DEGREES.
More than 100,000 tonnes of aluminium are processed annually in the BMW Group plant in Landshut in Lower Bavaria. The plant showcases sustainable use of the light metal.
In addition to BMW's regular lineup, aluminium components play an important role in the further development of electric mobility.
Aluminium is unique among the metals and holds many records. For a long time, it was more valuable than gold. But it comes at a cost: aluminium extraction requires vast amounts of energy. However, with a specific weight of around 2.7 g/cm³ it is approximately three times lighter than iron, resistant against corrosion and very strong. So it comes as no surprise that it is an ideal material for making cars.
How then, can it be used in a more sustainable and responsible way?
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · April 01, 2020 3:47 PM
Car wash detergents, glass cleaners and silicon sprays aren't formulated to combat viruses. Indeed, you'd be hard-pressed to find any product in your regular car-cleaning kit that is.
In which case, if you're really dedicated to keeping the bad bug at bay, you'll likely be relying mainly on household cleaners, which might prove to be far harsher products than those you usually apply.
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · March 12, 2020 2:22 PM
It's EV promotion season and we've just had a huge weekend of volunteer-led EVents. Many many EV owners have gone ahead and purchased an EV after first hearing about them at one of our events. We don't always publicly report on our events afterwards because we have so many every month and they are all largely successful. But our volunteers went to such great lengths under the hot sun this past weekend, that we are posting a montage of what took place below.
So what do we do? And what is the Better NZ Trust all about?
image: Trustee, Sigurd Magnusson, takes members of the public for an EV experience ride
The Better NZ Trust promotes the uptake of Electric Vehicles in NZ, particularly in the light passenger and light commercial fleets. We largely do this by holding events where people can look at, learn about, touch and sit in actual electric vehicles. We hand out information pamphlets, dispel myths and answer questions from the point of view of real EV Owners, all without any sales pressure. Our display vehicles are provided by volunteers, EV-expert car dealers, and commercial fleets who have made the switch to electric. If you own an EV, you can get involved. Simply ask on your local EV Owners group, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Zealand Electric Light Fleet is expected to reach 20,000 before the end of March
We've been promoting EVs using our brand "#LeadingTheCharge" since 2015, and are officially sponsored by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to pass their informative pamphlets out to the public.
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · February 17, 2020 1:32 PM
EVANS CRUISES TO VICTORY WITH DOMINANT DISPLAY IN MEXICO CITY
After starting second, Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans emerged victorious after a flawless race in Mexico City. Following Evans was DS Techeetah's Antonio Felix da Costa, while Nissan e.dams' Sebastian Buemi rounded off the podium in third.
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · February 02, 2020 12:32 PM
There were some 279,000 registrations in the last month of 2019, that represented the third best month ever, and despite a 4% drop YoY, it wasn't as bad as previously feared, in fact BEVs had their first positive month since August, having registered 374 more units worldwide than in December 2018. On the other hand, PHEVs crashed once again in December, dropping 19% YoY...
Best Selling EV Maker in the World
This recovering performance helped the yearly tally to remain positive, crossing the 2 million plugins mark, to 2.2 millions (up 10% YoY), and placing the final 2019 global PEV share, at 2.5% share, up from 2.1 in 2018.
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · January 19, 2020 10:54 AM
SPOILER WARNING: Results are contained in this blog
I can’t help feeling flat and disappointed in the third race of Formula E’s sixth season in Santiago. It was a scrappy race with 24 drivers on the grid and seven drivers not finishing.
New Zealander Mitch Evans in pole position held a confident lead right through to the 25th minute. But on advice from his team concerned about the car's temperature and energy remaining, he was encouraged to slow a bit. In addition, an unusual strategy, using both his 25 kW power-ups in the first 15 minutes, was something he would later regret.
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · January 15, 2020 9:09 AM
Norway Puts Its Foot Down On Lexus' Misleading 'Self-Charging' Hybrid Ads: 'This is a Pure Lie'
Norway’s Consumer Authority has put its foot down on Toyota’s ads for the Lexus NX, deeming the campaign for the "self-charging hybrid" crossover as misleading. Many people complained about Toyota’s ads in Norway for its hybrid compact vehicle, with some stating that the company's pitch was a "pure lie."
[by Claribelle Deveza Tesmanian, January 10, 2020]
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · November 28, 2019 9:59 AM
Alsco, formerly NZTS, is a laundry business with a long history in NZ. Yesterday it launched the first long haul EV road freighter in NZ to a crowd of approx 170 people at Eden Park in Auckland.
I went along to the launch wondering why this was a particularly important moment, when EV Heavy Transport already exists. To name a few local examples: the WEL Networks lines truck, the Waste Management rubbish trucks, Container Co's truck and trailer unit operating in Penrose.
Yes, it is a long haul road freighter, which is indeed new in NZ, but it is to be utilised on Alsco's shortest heavy distribution route—some 284 kilometres. So what was this all about? I was soon to be impressed.
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · September 29, 2019 4:30 PM
[post by Rachelle Tilsley - 29 Sept 2019]
ABB FIA Formula E Championship 6th Season
Following hot on the heels of last Thursday's announcement that Panasonic Jaguar has renewed Mitch Evans' contract with a multi-year sign-on, we hear that yet another New Zealander will be racing in the coming Formula E series.
Double FIA WEC (World Endurance) World Champion, and former Formula One driver, Brendon Hartley has signed with the all-American FE team Geox Dragon.
The 6th season will begin on the streets of Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on November 22nd, 2019
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · September 25, 2019 10:56 PM
[[article by JoséPontes EV-Sales - tracking world EV trends - 23 September 2019]
Two emerging European markets for EV are bucking the general trends: Romania and Portugal.
Transfagarasan highway, Romania: arguably the most beautiful road in Europe
The Romanian PEV (plugin EV) market is on fire, with August hitting a new registrations record for the European nation. And most spectacularly, it is the first nation EVER to record all BEVs in the top 10 new registrations.
Meanwhile Portugal has completely headed in an alternate direction, with PHEVs dominating.
In Slovenia, a dramatic drop in PHEV sales has meant the whole PEV market has slumped YTD 2019, despite moderate growth in BEV.
While in Switzerland, the Tesla Model 3 is red hot!
It’s been seven months since the inaugural Hamilton Electric Vehicles, the city’s only EV centre, opened in early February. Dealer principal Nicholas Down says the enquiries have been huge, which is “absolutely phenomenal”. “We can’t keep up with it!” Down says.
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · July 26, 2019 5:47 PM
Proposed Clean Car Standard and Clean Car Discount for New Zealand
Earlier this month the Ministry of Transport issued a discussion paper entitled ‘Moving the light vehicle fleet to low emissions: discussion paper on a Clean Car Standard and a Clean Car Discount’. Comments and submissions are called for and must be submitted before 20th August 2019.
Submission Deadline: Tuesday 20th August 2019
We urge you, as Trust supporters, to take some time to submit a response. We all understand the importance of transitioning away from ICE vehicles to EVs, but there are many who will act to oppose it. We need people like you to stand up and make your voice heard, to let the government know it is on the right track and to drown out the nay-sayers.
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · July 20, 2019 1:44 PM
It is important that as many people as possible make some sort of submission in response to the Clean Car Policy and Clean Car discount proposal from the Government.
The government has provided a Survey option, so you do not need to write a full submission for this proposal. We expect this means they will take note of the number of people who answer even yes or no for each question.
You should of course read the document and decide what your opinion is. But to help you, along side the governments discussion document we provide you a copy of our written response, and some guidelines prepared by Will Hunter with help from other #LeadingTheCharge Champions.
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · July 14, 2019 10:38 AM
The concrete jungle of Brooklyn, New York has been transformed, ready to host the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. The double header (2-day) finale is back in the Big Apple for the third year running, but next season the finale will be moving to London.
So, for the last time the spectacular Lower Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty frames the waterfront racetrack. But the famous view will be far from the minds of the 22 drivers as they arrive at the penultimate race in the 2018/19 championship series.
It’s been a rollercoaster season, with no clear front-runner emerging until the 9th race, when Jean-Eric Vergne (JEV) racing for Chinese outfit DS Techeetah, began to accumulate podium finishes. Now at the top of the championship standings, he is a healthy 32 points ahead of Lucas di Grassi, in second place, racing for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler.
New Zealand’s own Mitch Evans, racing for Panasonic Jaguar, is third in the standings. Evans also holds the lap record for this track at 1:13.207.
With 58 points still up for grabs, eight drivers still mathematically have a chance of lifting the title. But the general feeling is that it would take a brave punter to bet against JEV, who has won three of the last six races, and is the reigning champion.
Posted by Rachelle Administrator · July 10, 2019 11:29 AM
The Better NZ Trust volunteers lead the charge to the steps of The Beehive in 2017 to demonstrate the capabilities of plug-in vehicles. Photo: Mark Nixon, Trust volunteer
Moving the light vehicle fleet to low emissions: discussion paper on CCS and CCD
The Better NZ Trust was created to encourage a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and we are in support of the Clean Cars Standards proposal (CCS.)
In fact we think it has been too long coming.
The feebate system has been suggested by several international experts visiting NZ and shown to be successful in many other countries so is very likely to make a difference here as well.
"Any system is likely to have be unfavourable for some parties, but what is important is the overall goal and outcome desired," says Trust treasurer, Sean Dick.
"But what is important is the overall goal and outcome desired."
"We also need to look carefully at the distinction between battery and hybrid. The Trust has always supported hybrid electric vehicles when they have a plug and can be charged from our 80%+ renewable energy source as much as possible. We are obviously reading the detail behind the proposal and are likely to either write our own submission or provide input to support another party's submission."
The Detail, (a podcast from Radio NZ) had an indepth talk this morning about the CCS. Kathryn Trounson, Better NZ Chairperson; Julie Anne Genter, Associate Transport Minister; and Quartz journalist, Akshat Rathi were all interviewed, making for an interesting and robust discussion.