Indian Government's Latest EV Push

Image credit: Nikita Podobulkin Wind Farm in India

Within India's vast mega cities, apartment living is more common than standalone housing. Yet, residential apartments are currently a barrier to EV uptake the world over, and likely to be a key reason India is lagging behind the world in EV Sales. Many locals have been waiting on the government to publish promised building code guidelines for EV. Finally today, the wait is over for India. The Department of Town and Country Planning under the Ministry of Housing & Urban Development has issued guidelines to provide for electric vehicle charging infrastructure through addendum to Model Building Bye-Laws. 

India is known for flip-flopping on EV policy, particularly after the u-turn on their initial announcement for EV-sales-only after 2030. (Now 30% New Sales by 2030.) It is possible then, that these new guidelines will also be relaxed if found to be impractical.

Even Norway struggles with the apartment issue, While California has already issued guidelines for multi-dwelling complexes. The most common issues are: lack of space to install a power point near the parking spaces; meter room not located on same floor as parking; preventing electricity theft; apprehensive body corporates and building managers; billing for power on shared ev parking spaces; EVSE installation, ownership & maintenance; H&S concerns; and building's power capacity being fully utilised.

Sooner or later either the New Zealand government or local governments will need to address these issues for our apartment dwellers. Solutions apply to all of the issues, but the building industry and body corporates need to be educated on what those solutions are. Perhaps our nation's leaders need to formulate our own guidelines. India's new legislation will, therefore, be an interesting test case for NZ and other countries.

[Rachelle Tilsley - Better NZ Trust - 7 Jan 2019]

The opinions stated are the author's own and are not necessarily those of the Better NZ Trust,
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2019 Lineup of New EV

It is apparent that 2019 will be an exciting year for EV releases in LHD and some, in RHD, hopefully filtering down to the NZ market.

But even more exciting in 2019, will be the expected announcements of delivery dates for a whole raft of BEVs likely to be released in 2020/21. Experts predict that 2020/21 will be when EV finally becomes a viable alternative for the bulk of the driving population because there will be an EV model suited to almost anybody. That's not to say the bulk of the market will choose an EV, but that there will be less holding them back.

Before then, we have a few new cars hitting the international market and a few notable models finally reaching NZ in 2019.

VW Buzz (concept), due to go on sale in 2022

First up, let's look at those models that have already been released, but to the best of our knowledge are expected to reach NZ shores in 2019.

[Rachelle Tilsley - Better NZ Trust - 31/12/18]

 

 

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Electric Helicopter Makes Record Flight

Electric transportation is about more than cars.

Trucks and buses are also moving toward electric propulsion. Planes, with their long ranges and high power demands seem to be harder. Where electric power does seem to be making progress in the skies is in helicopters. 

Guinness Record Holding Electric Helicopter by Tier 1 Engineering

 

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VW Rethinks Retro

Volkswagen Looks Back Again While Moving into EV Age

Volkswagen is working on an electric dune buggy concept vehicle that pays homage to the classic Meyers Manx.

Now, as VW prepares to introduce the first EVs on its new MEB (modular electric architecture) platform, the company is quietly developing a concept inspired by Meyers’ creation. If produced, it could be one of three retro-themed EVs, including the Buzz, based on the classic Microbus, and a five-door new Beetle.

 

 

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EV Races Against Fastest Animal on Earth

SAUDIA Ad Diriyah

With just 3 days to go until the start of the 2018/19 racing season, FELIPE MASSA, one of the most experienced drivers on the grid, drove deep into the deserts of Saudi Arabia to test his skills against the fastest animal on earth.

It’s not the first time the fully-electric Formula E car has been pitted against a member of the animal kingdom, with reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne running side-by-side with a cheetah on the Western Cape of South Africa last year.

Vergne narrowly edged out the fastest land mammal, but fans asked for a rematch - this time together with a more demanding competitor. Listening to the feedback of fans on social media, it became the turn of the peregrine falcon, which is capable of reaching speeds in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph) when diving through the skies.


[Rachelle Tilsley - Better NZ Trust - 12 Dec 2018]

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Why Battery is better than Hydrogen

A driver at a hydrogen pump at a Los Angeles gas station refuels a futuristic, zero-emission Chevrolet Equinox hydrogen-fuel-cell powered automobile. The vehicle has a range of 150 miles. An electronic plug-in cable controls the refilling process.
Image Credit: (iStock) pandapix

Australian Research

Low energy efficiency is already a major problem for petrol and diesel vehicles. Typically, only 20% of the overall well-to-wheel energy is actually used to power these vehicles.  This low energy efficiency is the primary reason why fossil fuel vehicles are emissions-intensive and relatively expensive to run.

The other 80% is lost through oil extraction, refinement, transport, evaporation, and engine heat.

With this in mind, we set out to understand the energy efficiency of electric and hydrogen vehicles as part of a recent paper published in the Air Quality and Climate Change Journal.

[Article Credit: The Conversation - 30 Nov 2018]

 

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Yoogo Wins Smarter Mobility

Yoogo Share has won first place in the "Smarter Transport" category of the 2018 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards. 

Right to left: Yoogo Share Development Manager, Tracey Jay. Yoogo Share General Manager, Kirsten Corson. Waste Management National Manager Customer First, Marsha Cadman. Waste Management Sustainability Manager, Adam Weller.
Image Credit: Sustainable Business Network

650 people attended the black-tie NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards dinner in Auckland last Thursday night to find out which businesses were leading sustainability in the country. Yoogo Share was up against Waste Management NZ, Civic Contractors, Enviro NZ, Tranzit Group, Yoogo Share and Mevo for the Smarter Transport Award.

 

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Bid for FE in NZ

Start sequence, BMW i Berlin E-Prix 2017/18 - Credit: LAT/Formula E

Electric dream: consortium still pushing to bring Formula E to Auckland

A consortium including ASB Classic tennis tournament director Karl Budge is angling to bring "Formula E" racing to Auckland.

He and consortium partner Craig Cotton (head of the NZ Innovation Council) commissioned a study by SMG YouGov that says the race would bring in $150m a year.

Why It's Important

Budge and Cotton say it's not just about the thrill of motorsport. The pair argue Formula E racing in New Zealand would help spur clean energy research and electric vehicle adoption as the government targets a carbon neutral economy by 2050.

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Tax the Polluters

Can New Zealand reach Norway's standard for electric vehicles?

Norway has surpassed the rest of us - they have the largest electric vehicle (EV) ownership per capita in the world.

With more than 200,000 plug-in EVs recorded at the end of last year, the number continues to rise as the country aims to sell only zero carbon-emission cars by 2025.

So how does New Zealand compare? Christina Bu is the Norwegian Electric Vehicles Association secretary general and she spoke to The AM Show on Monday.

 

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NZer uses EV to power property during power cut.

With a general power cut in Taupo recently, one EV owner and dealer, Steve Greenwood of Drive EV (www.driveev.co.nz/) has been able to keep the power going at his home and office.

Using an inverter running off the traction batteries in an EV, he has available two AC power points for household appliances. 

 

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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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Moving Right Along

You know things are getting a little crazy when people are calling for taxes on fossil fuels to be cut so we can keep consuming fossil fuels and maintain our trajectory towards climate chaos.

There is actually plenty of good news, and much of it involves the Government. But what can we do ourselves? Up until recently, most commentators thought that petrol demand was "inelastic" - we'd just keep buying it no matter how much it cost. However, the recent price spike saw people boycott petrol stations briefly and Z Energy has reported a 31% fall in profits in the six months to the end of September. People are managing to do with less. The sky did not fall and alternatives to the single occupant car were found. So how about taking a pause to think about our own transport habits and what we could change to reduce burning fossil fuels...

[Scott Willis - Otago Daily Times - 12 Oct 2018]

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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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Electric Vehicles Go The Distance

The latest data from Flip the Fleet, a coalition of over 1,150 EV owners from all round New Zealand, shows that electric vehicles are actually driven further each year than combustion vehicles.

The annual average distance travelled across all models of EVs is 14,100 km/year, a Electric vehicles go the distance quarter more than the 11,500 km/year for combustion vehicles.

“Our Trust provides test drives to let people experience what a joy EVs are to drive,” says Kathryn Trounson, Chairperson of The Better New Zealand Trust, “These data show that the switch to electric cars also saves them money while reducing New Zealand’s carbon footprint.”

[Kathryn Trounson - Opunake and Coastal News - 11 Oct 2018]

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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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EVs Travelling Further Than Fuel Vehicles

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EVs Go The Distance

 

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Electric vehicles go the distance

 

Henrik Moller (left) and Dima Ivanov (right), founders of Flip The Fleet

If you think you can’t go places in an electric vehicle, you’re wrong.

 

The latest data from Flip the Fleet, a coalition of over 1,150 EV owners from all around New Zealand, shows that electric vehicles are actually driven further each year than combustion vehicles. The annual average distance travelled across all models of EVs is 14,100 km/year, a quarter more than the 11,500 km/year for combustion vehicles.

 

Kathryn Trounson, Chairperson of The Better New Zealand Trust, couldn’t be happier! “Our Trust provides test drives to let people experience what a joy EVs are to drive. This data shows that the switch to electric cars also saves them money while reducing New Zealand’s carbon footprint,” Kathryn commented.

 

Even the very earliest Nissan Leaf model with a small battery is travelling more than the average for combustion vehicles. The average single trip away from base and back again in a New Zealand EV is 48 km, whereas NZTA estimates that the combined distance of all the day’s trips in a combustion vehicle averages only 28 km. One of the 30 kWh Leafs contributing to the Flip the Fleet data base is travelling 45,000 km a year.

 

“The data well and truly busts the myth that EVs aren’t a practical substitute for a conventional car,” Kathryn went on to say.

 

The higher average distance travelled by EVs doesn’t surprise the Flip the Fleet researchers. “Many EV owners also retain one of their old combustion vehicles as back‐up, but then concentrate most of the family’s travel in the EV to save money and enjoy a better ride. Families often run a simple rule. Whoever is going furthest that day, gets to take the EV. That way the EV becomes the family workhorse and the household’s transport costs and transport emissions are minimised,” said Daniel Myall, Flip the Fleet’s statistician.

 

“EVs are particularly good for people with a reasonably long commute to work. We think some people are doing the sums and realising that even though a typical EV costs more to buy, they can quickly regain that through avoided petrol costs.”

 

Flip the Fleet estimates that a commuter doing a 100 km round trip to work, five days a week, is saving $90 per week in fuel and maintenance costs.

 

The sums in favour of an EV are getting even better with the recent petrol price hikes.

 

The Mitsubishi Outlander, a Plug‐in Hybrid, averaged 19,000 km per year ‐ the furthest of any EV model reporting to Flip The Fleet.

 

At the lower end was the Nissan eNV200, the only readily available second‐hand electric van for light commercial use in New Zealand so far. Its average travel per year is just 9,400 km.

 

“The next big breakthrough we look forward to is an inexpensive light commercial electric van that can travel a decent distance with a heavy load of passengers or gear on board,” said Daniel.

 

Flip the Fleet is a citizen science project that provides scientifically reliable information on the benefits and constraints of electric vehicles in New Zealand. The project is partly funded by the government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

 

Participation is free and all New Zealand’s electric vehicle owners can enrol at www.flipthefleet.org.

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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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$150 to Drive Right Around Australia

Sylvia Wilson drove around Australia in an electric car. It cost her $150.90.

Wilson, 70, a retired farmer from near Biloela in central Queensland, had planned the trip of a lifetime with her husband, Rod. One impulsive evening in mid-2016 they went online and, sight-unseen, bought a Tesla S75 electric car for the journey.

A few months after Rod died last year, Sylvia announced to her family: “I think I’ll do that trip.

“Most of them were really keen. A couple of them said ‘you’re mad, you’ll never do it’,” Wilson told Guardian Australia.

[The Guardian - 11 Sept 2018]

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EV Beats Ferrari Off the Mark

Electric gained the upper hand against petrol, at least initially, in a drag race at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell yesterday.

A Tesla Model X electric vehicle (right) surged ahead at the beginning of a race against a Ferrari 488 (left),  the Ferrari only catching up later in the race.

[Otago Daily Times - 10 September 2018]

[Photo Simon Henderson]

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Tesla tops Ferrari in drag race

A Tesla Model X left a Ferrari 488 in its dust during the early stages of a friendly drag race at “The Hare and Turtle” Drive Electric Week event at Cromwell.

[Geoff Dobson - EV Talk - 10 September 2018]

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Tesla Proves More than A Match for Ferrari

The muscle of a super-charged Italian Ferrari was challenged against the quiet efficiency of a Tesla electric in Cromwell this weekend. Sunday's sprint at Highlands Motorsport Park gave the public a chance to see whether electric cars really do match the hype that surrounds them.
[Simon Henderson - The News - 13 Sep 2018]
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EV Gather in Whangarei for IDEW2018

Oscar Boyd,10 thinks EV's are good for the environment and the future of cars.
He's with Rachel Wansbone Customer excellence Manager at Northpower at the EV gathering at Whangārei's Growers Market.

Whangārei, the country's Friendliest Electric Vehicle town, launched Drive Electric Week with a convoy of EVs at the Whangārei Growers Market on Saturday.

[Northern Advocate - 11 Sept 2018]

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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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BMW Vision iNext

With it's unveiling set for Sept 9th inside a Boeing 777F from the Lufthansa Cargo fleet, BMW has given a sneak peek at their next gen electric car.

"While the video is edited so that we can barely see the vehicle, it’s another thing if you use freeze-frame and tweak the exposure a little," says Fred Lambert of Elecktrek. "We can see that it is more of a crossover than a sedan – meaning that it is sitting a little higher."

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[Fred Lambert - Electrek - 4 Sept 2018]

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