EECA Funding Brought Forward

There’s more money in the pot for EV innovators seeking co-funding in the next 12 months.

EECA has brought forward an additional $1 million for the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund for the 2018/19 financial year, making a grand total of $7 million available for rounds 5 and 6.

“We want to get more projects underway earlier, when investment is likely to have greater impact in accelerating uptake of EVs,” says EECA’s Chief Executive Andrew Caseley. “This will more effectively support the target of 64,000 EVs by 2021.”

The funding is being moved forward from the final year of the contestable fund, 2020/21.

Round 5 is due to open in mid-August, with successful applicants from round 4 announced at around the same time.

[Electric Vehicle News - EECA - 13 June 2018]

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World's Largest EV Rally Kicks Off

Whether sharing their knowledge with community, or just a sense of unflagging camaraderie, 160 such teams ranging from solo shade-tree mechanics to major corporations to visiting tourists in rented Nissan Leaf and BMW i3s took to the roads in Switzerland to participate in the largest electric-vehicle rally in the world.

[Eric C. Evarts - Green Car Reports - 12 June 2018]

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Tesla’s latest update comes with more ‘nag’

The new Autopilot software update that Tesla started to roll out last week features some improvements in performance as promised by CEO Elon Musk. But now, owners are also finding out that Tesla significantly increased the “nag” to force drivers to keep their hands on the wheel.

[Fred Lambert - Electrek - 11 June 2018]

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New Model Updates: Porsche vs Tesla

Tesla Model Y

The eagerly awaited Mission E doesn't aim to be a Tesla killer, it aims to be a 'real Porsche', claims Stefan Weckbach, Head of the BEV Model Series at Porsche.

Meanwhile, will the new Tesla Model Y even have a steering wheel? Elon Musk teases with tidbits of information and a new peek at the styling and shape of this Model-3-sized SUV.

[Electrek - Fred Lambert - 5 & 6 June, 2018]

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Nissan begins deliveries of upgraded e-NV200 electric van

Nissan has received over 4,600 orders for its upgraded e-NV200 since sales began in January. The new electric van is now being shipped to customers in Europe and Hong Kong, with Japanese deliveries to follow.

[Charged EVS Newswire by Charles Morris, 4 June 2018]

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NZ joins global Electric Vehicle Initiative

New Zealand has joined a multi-government forum of the world’s top electric vehicle markets dedicated to accelerating the uptake of electric vehicles.

Membership of the Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI) will link New Zealand into international best practice around electric vehicles (EVs) including policy, research and information sharing, said Andrew Caseley, Chief Executive of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

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[EECA - 30 May 2018]

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Cops patrol on e-bikes

image courtesy NZTA

Auckland police patrolled the downtown area on electric bikes during Queen’s Birthday weekend.

[EVTalk, Geoff Dobson, 5th June 2018]

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Dismissive Car Dealers Create Barrier to EV Adoption at POS

"Perhaps unsurprisingly, salespeople tended to promote the vehicle that is easier to sell, which outside of Norway, was undoubtedly not an EV."

A recent study published in the journal Nature by a team from Aarhus University in Denmark has found that car dealerships pose a significant barrier to electric vehicle adoption at the point of sale due to a perceived lack of business case viability in relation to gasoline and diesel vehicles.

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Power of the Butterfly Effect

POWER OF THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

Does the Flap of a Butterfly's Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?

Probably not, but meteorologist Edward Lorenz's chaos theory, the Butterfly Effect, has evolved in popular culture to describe the ability of a small action to create a larger effect.

Nowhere in New Zealand was this more evident than in Dunedin last week. This Little But Mighty city hosted a kaleidoscope of EVents during Tech Week—a huge effort by local volunteers and guests. Here’s the roundup.

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Harry and Meghan's Jaguar E-Type EV

 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding car was literally something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

The royal couple drove away in a Jaguar E-Type Zero, a classic 1968 E-Type roadster that has been converted to run on cutting-edge electric power.

 

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[Stuff Motoring - 21 May 2018]

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Conservation Comment: Leading the charge for electric cars

Last week, James Shaw announced he would like to put a tax on imported petrol vehicles to subsidise and encourage electric vehicles (EVs).

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[Whanganui Chronicle - Opinion - 7th May 2018]

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Easy charging breaks the long distance barrier

People are getting to know electric cars (EVs) as economical run-abouts, perfect for the average daily commute. Owners can easily zip through 100 kilometres and recharge at home overnight, when cheaper electricity rates mean costs are equivalent to about 30c a litre.

 

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[Stuff Business - 6th May 2018]

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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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