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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Leading the Charge EV Road Trip 2018 - Waimea

Leading the Charge - Annual Electric Vehicle Road Trip - 2018 - Bluff to the Cape Reinga.

The annual Leading the Charge EV Road Trip will be stopping at Richmond this year to showcase the latest in Electric Vehicle technology.

[Stuff Events - Eventfinda - Mar 2018]

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#LeadingTheCharge EV Road Trip

Tesla S, Tesla X, Renault Zoe, Hyundai Ioniq, BMWi3, Nissan Leaf, Nissan E-NV200 van, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Toyota Prius PHEV... and more.

Electric cars tour from Bluff to Cape Reinga each year to help inform the public and to promote electric vehicle uptake in NZ.

Electric vehicles are an important & easy way to lower gig emissions and reduce air and water pollution in our cities and towns. They are also comfortable, economical, fast and fun and are becoming more and more affordable. A second hand EV starts at about $9,999.

[Sue Pugmire - Stuff Events - Mar 2018]

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Lower Cuba Street Wellington – LTC Roadtrip

The 4th annual Leading the Charge Road Trip will be visiting Wellington on 23rd March, the midway point for a fleet of electric cars driving from Bluff to Cape Reinga.

Lower Cuba Street will be transformed into a street of the future, with electric vehicles parked for an entire city block.

[Sustainable Business Network - March 2018]

 

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Hamilton Welcomes the #LeadingTheCharge EV Road Trip

Hamilton Welcomes the #LeadingTheCharge EV Road Trip

Join us as we welcome to Hamilton City the forth annual BetterNZ Trust #LeadingTheCharge Electric Vehicle Road Trip!

[Justin Boyd - All Events In]

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Leading the Charge EV Road Trip

Havelock North

Unison, in partnership with Leading the Charge, are bringing you the opportunity to experience a range of Electric Vehicles up close and personal.

Monday 26 March next to Porters Hotel in Havelock North from 11:30am – 1pm, witness the rEVolution for yourself with a number of electric vehicles on site including the Tesla S! Take a spin and have your questions answered by the EV experts.

Unison, driving the future in partnership Hastings District Council.

[NZ Herald Events - March 2018]

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Leading the Charge Tour Starts 14 March 2018

Preparations are nearly finished for the Leading the Charge EV road trip over 5000km from Bluff to Cape Reinga from March 14 to April 3.

EV owners are being invited to join in on any leg or attend some of the 26 events planned along the way.

Californian EVangelist and regular visitor Chelsea Sexton is going along for the entire ride, while two French students on an EV tour of New Zealand will join in for about four days.

ChargeNet NZ says it has many more chargers now in place, so completing the journey should be a breeze.

The aim is to have as many people as possible experience an EV drive or ride during the tour.

Much more information features in EVtalk’s upcoming February magazine.

[Geoff Dobson - EV Talk - 5 Feb 2018]

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Leading The Charge Road Trip 2018

Planning is almost complete for the Annual Road trip. This year we are travelling from Bluff to Cape Reinga again with about 26 events planned. And we are excited to announce that Chelsea Sexton from the USA is joining us again for the entire trip!

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Wings and Wheels - Thames

Wings and Wheels Expo - Thames - 27th January 2018

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Big Boys Toys 2017

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Big Boys Toys is known for shiny supercars, but this year there will be almost as much damage as there is polish!

 

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[Scoop - Big Boys Toys Press Release - 6th November 2017]

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Auckland electric vehicle event this weekend

Over 100 electric vehicles are expected to be on display and about 600 people attending throughout the day where the public can see, ride or drive an electric vehicle.Auckland electric vehicle event this weekend

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[Scoop - Press Release by Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority - 3rd May 2017]

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NRC ‘Leading The Charge’ on Electric Vehicles

The Northland Regional Council (NRC) is ‘leading the charge’ on electric vehicles, with its 10-strong fleet believed to be among the largest of any local authority nationally.

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[Scoop Regional - 20th September 2017

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Another record breaker for EV registrations and superb timing!!

Each month we publish an "EV report" to track how we are going against the targets set by the Government in May 2016. This is to double the number of electric vehicles in New Zealand every year to reach approximately 64,000 by 2021. The comparative numbers in this report may vary a little from previous reports as the Ministry of Transport is working hard on ensuring accurate reporting including correct analysis of plug in hybrids and battery variants.

August saw another record number of EV registrations (excluding Paxsters), and what great timing! -  as judging by the huge interest already shown in EV World and International Drive Electric week, September is looking good too :)

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EV REPORT MAY 2017 - a Record Month for registrations!

Each month we publish an "EV report" to track how we are going against the targets set by the Government in May 2016. This is to double the number of electric vehicles in New Zealand every year to reach approximately 64,000 by 2021. The comparative numbers in this report may vary a little from previous reports as the Ministry of Transport is working hard on ensuring accurate reporting including correct analysis of plug in hybrids and battery variants.

May saw a record number of EV registrations (excluding Paxsters), and judging by the nearly 3,000 rides and drives given during the road trip, there are a few more in the pipeline for June as well!

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Meet Wellington's new electric car share

We recently interviewed Erik Zydervelt about Mevo, an exciting and ambitious electric car share service he has launched for Wellington businesses, residents, and visitors!

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The first of 16 pods is now open in Wellington. Each pod will contain 3 cars for hire and a public charging station.

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Road Trip 2017

The Better NZ Trust Toe to Tip Road Trip 2017

By Kathryn Trounson – a personal blog


The 2017 Road Trip started in Invercargill on Wednesday 19th April, with a full complement of cars and drivers, plus Natalie and Mikkel, the film crew Dee met in Norway and invited down to NZ for this trip.

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BMW i3 leads charge of the light-impact brigade

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Chatting with the electric vehicle evangelists on the recent Leading the Charge rally from Bluff to Cape Reinga, it appears that there have been several developments on the humming car front in this country.

 

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[Stuff Motoring - 30th May 2017]

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