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It's a small mindset change

Driving an EV changes the way you live in more ways than one

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GEVA Formed

Global EV Drivers’ Alliance formed by 37 EV driver associations around the world

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How realistic is electric car route to carbon-neutral future?

Electric car use is one of the cornerstones of the Climate Commission's advice to the government on how to become carbon neutral, but how feasible is it?

This was the question posed by  RNZ reporter, Harry Lock, last week, in the run up to the Govt announcements regarding the new 'feebate' system of yesterday.

I show the article in full, with some comments rebutting many of the opinions featured.

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New podcast puts stories to the profiles

A new EV podcast, created by Martin Kane and Alex Shepherd is collecting stories from New Zealand Tesla owners and is aiming to add the human side to the Social Media profile pics.

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The Global EV Alliance is launched 9th June 2021

Global EV Drivers’ Alliance - GEVA - formed by 37 EV driver associations around the world

Alliance members calling for all light-duty vehicles to be electric by 2030

Thirty seven electric vehicle (EV) driver associations have joined forces to create the Global EV Drivers’ Alliance, representing the voice of EV drivers around the globe in leading the shift to clean electric transportation. The grassroots, non-profit organization collects best practices, inspiration and information from EV driver associations and their members to help, inform and inspire each other to accelerate electric mobility in their own regions/countries and worldwide.

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Thames EV Expo

Thames EV Expo

0FU3L – the number plate on the electric car said it all and explained the reason for the mini expo of electric vehicles held in Thames recently.

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The Death of the Petrol station

 

The death of the Petrol station. BBC radio.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3ct1jnk

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The year 2020 by numbers - of cars!

I was asked recently what percentage of car sales were EVs in New Zealand in the 2020 calendar year – and you would like to think that that percentage should trip off the tongue when analysing/debating the penetration of EVs in our corner of the world, and so I embarked on finding the relevant data.

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Martinborough Fair - Take 2

The second Martinborough Fair finally took place on the 10th April 2021, having been inconvenienced/postponed by Covid in March, and then affected by rain on the day! However the trusty gazebo and the odd umbrella sufficed until the rain stopped!  The volunteer team had 3 Tesla Model 3's, a Kona, an electric Mini and a BMW i3 to wow the crowds, and over 200 people were engaged over the day, with 21 getting a Tesla ride as an experience!

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What are we going to do with all those batteries?

“What are we going to do with all those batteries?”

That’s a common question anti-EV and cleantech skeptics are always asking. In reality, it’s usually not a question they expect to get answered. They’re “asking” to “prove” that EVs, energy storage, and other cleantech using lithium batteries are actually bad for the environment. There’s just one problem with that tactic: It’s just not true.

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Redvale Landfill - Waste to Energy

The Redvale Landfill - not the most glamorous of site visits but truly fascinating. 

50% of Auckland’s waste arrives here, that is up to 325 trucks of waste per day.

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Electricana - New Plymouth 27th Feb 2021

Electricarna 2021 was held on Saturday, 27th of February at Central School in New Plymouth. It was extensively advertised via social media, and Steve Hobo-Tuck, as the main organizer for the Trust, did two radio interviews prior to the event and there were stories in local and national media.

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Martinborough Fair February 2021

The Wellington/Wairarapa BNZT volunteers were out in force at the first Martinborough Fair this year! 

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EVs as workhorses - the Nissan e-NV200

The Better NZ Trust just loves a good EV story, and what better than a commercial organisation telling us about their EV journey?
 
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EV Fast charging station to debut at Otorohanga

The Lines Company’s (TLC) new Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station located on Bell Lane, Ōtorohanga is ready to meet the growing needs of customers in the region.

TLC Chief Executive Sean Horgan says TLC is preparing their network for the increased demand from EVs, now and in the future. “Our vision is to build the foundation of an EV friendly network that opens up the King Country and Ruapehu regions to EV drivers.”

“We are doing this by installing EV chargers that are both accessible and within reach across our network.”

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GREEN SPECIAL: How much range can I really expect from a BEV

GREEN SPECIAL: How much range can I really expect from a BEV?

    
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SI Road Trip Last Legs

Leading The Charge - The Last Legs

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My Road trip experience

1500km in a 24kw Leaf. My experience chasing the 2020 Leading the Charge Road Trip.

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North Island RoadTour Sept 2020

After a great meet-up in New Plymouth on Day 2 of the 2020 Roadtour the EVs set off separately for the Wellington area - and took advantage of the multiplicity of ChargeNet chargers down SH1 from which to catch a few electrons - they all were visited by one or more of the group!

 

Bailey from ChargeNet had a 'sticker maintenance' mission for the DC chargers whilst driving the electric Mini which got envious stares from many!

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SI Road Trip Day 6


Very from the Pukaki lookout
Day 6 saw the roadtrippers travel from the Arthur's Pass area towards Twizel and Omarama.

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SI Road Trip Days 1 and 2

Day 1 of the journey, and the South Island travellers made our way from all over the South Island (and beyond!) into Christchurch.

Proudly displaying the EV Road Trip Sticker

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New Plymouth day 2

Despite weather predictions for the first meet-up for the LTC 2020 Roadtour we had a blast in the carpark of a cafe in New Plymouth!

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Hadden Paddon Electric Rally Car

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Transport Treehouse - a must watch podcast

Those of the EV community who have had the pleasure of meeting Chelsea Sexton, world famous EV advocate, will hopefully have seen/heard a new podcast series, called Transport Treehouse, in which Chelsea and her co-host Russell Frost interview EV luminaries on Zoom! So very Covid-19 and very watchable!

Chelsea of course has a resume in all things EV as long as your arm, going back to the days she worked on the EV1 at GM last century (!), and the Trust has always been so very grateful for her support of our RoadTrips over the years. Her attendance on RoadTrips assisted by the fact that she loves NZ and our plucky attempts to change the driving habits of our Team of 5 million!

The 2019 RoadTrip was characterised by the latest EECA and BNZT branded polo shirts and caps in a vibrant tangerine colour!  So when you watch these podcasts please note that Russell has been known to sport one of these very shirts, courtesy of Chelsea! 

transport treehouse

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Electric cars and their CO2 lifetime emissions

A UK based organisation has looked at the CO2 emissions of EVs.

Scientists from the universities of Exeter, Nijmegen and Cambridge conducted lifecycle assessments of both the electric-vehicle market and household heating, two of the biggest markets for electric power draw, which showed that even where electricity generation still involves substantial amounts of fossil fuels, there was a CO2 saving over conventional cars and fossil-fuel heating. Their findings were published in the journal Nature Sustainability.

They found that in 53 out of 59 regions, comprising 95% of the world, electric vehicles and domestic-heat pumps generate less carbon dioxide than fossil fuel-powered cars or boilers. The only exceptions are heavily coal-dependent countries such as Poland.

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BNZT Supporting Idle Off

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!

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Formula E Resumes Racing

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.

 

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BMW Invests in Carbon Net Zero Gasoline

"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.
 
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THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE OIL AGE

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?

[Charles Morris - EVVANEX - 5 May 2020]

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