Leading The Charge Road Trip 2018 - Wrap up

The annual Leading the Charge road trip is over for 2018. Another great adventure was enjoyed by the dozen or so drivers who took in large sections, or all of, the route this year. 

By time we got to the start, ran the course, and took test rides, the total distance traveled was just under 6000km.

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Leading the Charge Road Trip of EVs arrives in Whangarei

Council was keen to support the 'Leading the Charge Road Trip' of Electric Vehicles (EVs) from Bluff to Cape Reinga when it arrived in Whangarei on Tuesday 3 April.

[Fuseworks Media - Voxy - 11 April 2018]

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Region plugs in with more car chargers

Northland is taking charge of its progression to more environmentally friendly transport options, with a national tour of electric vehicles (EVs) marking the launch of some extra charging stations.

The Better NZ Trust brought its Leading the Charge EV tour through Northland this week, stopping off in locations across the region while on its way to Cape Reinga from Bluff.

The third annual EV promotional convoy of seven cars saw a Tesla Model X, three Tesla Model S’s, a Hyundai Ioniq, Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 all being displayed in towns across NZ.

Starting in Bluff on March 14, it stopped off at Whangarei on Tuesday and touched down in Kerikeri that evening, where a charge station was launched, before landing at the Cape on Wednesday.

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[Christine Allen - Northlanders - 5 April 2018]

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Leading the Charge Hamilton

The Leading the Charge roadtrip made its way into Hamilton on March 28, so I snuck down from Auckland to see how they were going.

[Rachel Hadfield - EV Talk - 29 Mar 2018]

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Leading the Charge RoadTrip Driving The Future

How do you convince the public that electric cars are no longer a fad but the future?

That is the challenge that faces the Better NZ Trust volunteers as we set out on the epic #LeadingTheCharge EV Road Trip starting March 14 in Bluff.

Over three weeks and 26 events, volunteers, driving a wide arrange of electric vehicles (EVs) will make the toe-to-tip journey from Bluff to Cape Reinga, sharing their love for EVs.

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Electric vehicles hit Far North to mark launch of Crimson Coast Electric Vehicle Highway

On Tuesday the Far North's Crimson Coast Electric Vehicle Highway will be officially opened in Kerikeri and there will be a range of electric vehicles (EVs) on hand for the launch.

 

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[Northland Age - 29th March 2018]

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Convoy Celebrates Kaitaia Charger Opening

An electric vehicle fast charger is opening in Kaitaia at 11am on Wednesday the 4th of April. It is one of a number of chargers that are being opened in the far north as part of the Crimson Coast EV Highway.

[Shawn Moodie - ChargeNet NZ - 28 March 2018]

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Live News Electric convoy to open Far North Crimson Coast EV Highway

Source: Far North District Council – Release/Statement

Headline: Electric convoy to open Far North Crimson Coast EV Highway

Far North residents have the chance to test drive the latest electric vehicles, including high-performance Teslas, on Tuesday 3 April when the Far North’s Crimson Coast Electric Vehicle Highway is officially opened in Kerikeri.

[Live News - 28th Mar 2018]

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Electric vehicles on show at Bayfair

Bayfair Shopping Centre had more electric vehicles than usual on site today when the #LeadingTheCharge road trip came to town.

 

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[Sunlive - 28th March 2018]

 

 

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EVs call in on promotional tour

Four luxury Tesla electric vehicles (EVs) and six other electric and hybrid cars coasted into Gisborne yesterday as part of the nationwide Leading the Charge EV road trip.

 

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[Gisborne Herald - 28th March 2018]

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Electric convoy to open Far North Crimson Coast EV Highway

Far North residents have the chance to test drive the latest electric vehicles, including high-performance Teslas, on Tuesday 3 April when the Far North’s Crimson Coast Electric Vehicle Highway is officially opened in Kerikeri. 

Electric vehicles (EV) will gather at the Countdown Kerikeri carpark on Butler Road from 4pm, many of them part of the annual Leading the Charge Road Trip from Bluff to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga).

[Far North District Council Media Release - 27 Mar 2018]

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Electric convoy to open Far North Crimson Coast EV Highway

Far North residents have the chance to test drive the latest electric vehicles, including high-performance Teslas, on Tuesday 3 April when the Far North’s Crimson Coast Electric Vehicle Highway is officially opened in Kerikeri.

Electric vehicles (EV) will gather at the Countdown Kerikeri carpark on Butler Road from 4pm, many of them part of the annual Leading the Charge Road Trip from Bluff to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga).

Kerikeri marks the final stop for the EV convoy before it heads north to complete the road trip on Wednesday. The vehicles will be publically available to view and test drive, and will include Hyundai Ioniq, BMW i3, Tesla S and X models, and a Nissan eNV-200 camper van.

 

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Electric cars pull the crowds in Whanganui

Whanganui people were queuing in their hundreds to test drive a fleet of electric vehicles on Saturday.

 

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[Wanganui Chronicle - 26th March 2018]

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Leading the Charge Wellington

I’ve seen pictures and blogs from the Leading the Charge EV road trip, feeling jealous that I couldn’t go on the entire Bluff to Cape Reinga journey.

Finally, I joined in for the two days the EV show was in Wellington where it rained both days, though wasn’t windy.

Wellingtonians are hardy folk, so we all put on jumpers and rain jackets and headed to the Dowse Museum in Lower Hutt on March 22.

[Rachel Hadfield - EV Talk - 26th March 2018]

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EV champion Margaret Baker on a nationwide Leading the Charge Road Trip

As the driver of New Zealand's first plug-in taxi, Margaret Baker was an early convert to electric vehicles (EVs). 

 

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[NZ Herald Travel - 24th March 2018]

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Doco looks at rise of electric car

Whanganui Film Society presents two films this week — one this Saturday, March 24, which is a special presentation of the documentary Revenge of the Electric Car.

 

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[Wanganui Chronicle - 23rd March 2018]

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Annual 5,000 kilometre EV road trip to stop at iconic Hawke’s Bay locations

A group of eight electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts, driving 5,000 kilometres across New Zealand, will be stopping at iconic Hawke’s Bay locations on Monday 26 March.

The ‘Leading the Charge’ convoy began their journey in Bluff on 14 March and will stop at Havelock North, Te Mata Peak and the Napier Sound Shell.  Their journey ends in Cape Reinga on 3 April.

[Unison - 22 Mar 2018]

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Charge of the electric car brigade advances on Marlborough

Hold onto your (driver's) seats, charging stations for electric cars might finally be coming to Marlborough. 

ChargeNet NZ wants to expand its nationwide network of car chargers into Marlborough, with plans for charging stations in Blenheim, Spring Creek and Havelock.

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Leading the Charge – Nelson

On March 20 the EV road trippers held an event at the Network Tasman fast charger in Richmond near Nelson.

The Marlborough region is full of passionate champions, and through their hard work we arrived at a site heaving with EVs.

[Margaret Baker - EV Talk - 22 March 2018]

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Electric vehicles leading the charge into Whanganui on New Zealand promotional tour

A convoy of electric vehicles will park up to promote EV technology at the Whanganui Pak'nSave car park on March 24.

 

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[Wanganui Chronicle - 20th March 2018]

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Leading the Charge tour starts March 14

Get a glimpse of what Wellington roads will look like in 10 years this Friday 23 March on Cuba Street when a convoy of electric vehicles park up for the public to see, ride in, and even test drive.

Wellington City Council is hosting the Leading the Charge electric vehicle road trip as it stops in Wellington on its way from Bluff to Cape Reinga.

[FuseWorks Media - Voxy - 20 Mar 2018]

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Drivers ready to jolt consumers' awareness on tour about the benefits of EV cars

High-profile American electric vehicle advocate Chelsea Sexton says she does not own an EV.

 

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[Stuff Motoring - 20th March 2018]

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Leading the Charge Greymouth to Nelson

When you think of rural schools in New Zealand you probably think a handful of students, and quaint buildings in a picturesque setting – you would be right!

The #LeadingTheCharge team had spent the day before resting in Greymouth and with no public events scheduled along the drive up north to Nelson, the team split up and visited a handful of schools along the way.

[Kathryn Trounson - EV Talk - 26 Mar 2018]

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Leading The Charge electric vehicle tour passes through Palmerston North

The old and the new will parade side by side when the annual Leading the Charge electric vehicle parade comes to Palmerston North. 

 

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[Stuff Motoring - 19th March 2018]

 

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EV fleet 'Leading the Charge'

A fleet of electric vehicles has visited Dunedin in a show of power for the industry, and amid signs of the rapidly growing popularity of this form of transport.

 

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[Otago Daily Times - 17th March 2018]

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Convoy of electric vehicles coming to Lower Hutt

A convoy of electric vehicles (EVs) are buzzing into Lower Hutt this month as part of the #LeadingTheCharge country wide road trip.

The exhibition will arrive at Dowse Square on Thursday after having travelled roughly half of their journey from Bluff to Cape Reinga.

[Wellington Scoop - 16 Mar 2018]

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LEADING THE CHARGE EV TOUR KICKS OFF AGAIN

The third annual Leading the Charge EV tour from Bluff to Cape Reinga has kicked off once again to promote and encourage more Kiwi into zero emission electric vehicles.

 

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[New Zealand Auto Car - 15th March 2018]

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National fleet of electric cars charging along

Electric vehicles are on the charge, with the national fleet more than doubling in size each year for the past three years.

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[Southland Times - 14th March 2018]

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Driving The Future

The Leading the Charge roadtrip starts this morning in Bluff

How do you convince the public that electric cars are no longer a fad but the future?

That is the challenge that faces the Better NZ Trust volunteers as we set out on the epic #LeadingTheCharge EV Road Trip starting March 14 in Bluff.

[Shawn Moodie - EV Talk - 14 Mar 2018]

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Electric vehicle roadshow coming to Gisborne in March

A CONVOY of electric vehicle’s (EVs) are coming to Gisborne later this month.

On March 27 from 12.30-2.30pm, a fleet of EVs will touch down as part of the Leading The Charge New Zealand road trip.

Setting off from Bluff on March 14, the convoy winds its way up the entire country, finishing at Cape Reinga.

Along the way, public events are planned to allow as many people as possible to experience an EV.

[Jonathan Rush - The Gisborne Herald - 6th March 2018]

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