Electric vehicle convoy leading the charge into the future

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An electric van charging up for it's next trip from a wall socket and a BMW interior made from recycled materials – motoring's electric future was rolled out in Nelson.

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[Nelson Mail - 27 April 2017]

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EV road trip heads slowly up NZ, stopping at fast chargers

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Back in 2015 the Better NZ Trust set out to prove that it was possible to drive the entire length of New Zealand in an electric vehicle (EV) and the Leading The Charge road trip was born.

 

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[Stuff / Motoring - 24th April 2017]

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City stop for electric vehicles

A fleet of electric vehicles has visited Dunedin in a show of power for the industry.

 

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[Otago Daily Times - 21st April 2017]

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Enormous NZ electric-vehicle roadshow Leading The Charge is under way

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Leading The Charge, the epic New Zealand road trip of electric vehicles (EVs) that covers the entire country, has kicked off from the bottom of the South Island.

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[Stuff Motoring - 20th April 2017]

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EV REPORT MARCH 2017 - RECORD GROWTH in Registrations AGAIN

Each month we are publishing 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.

March saw a record growth numerically with 203 new EVs added to the fleet.

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EV REPORT FEBRUARY 2017 - RECORD GROWTH in Registrations

Each month we are publishing 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.

February saw a record growth numerically, if not in percentage terms, with 182 new EVs added to the fleet*, including 1 heavy electric.

*excluding Paxsters.

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EV report - keeping ahead of target

Each month we are publishing 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. 

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The Coromandel Charges Into The Future

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[Coromandel Summertime Magazine Article - December 2016]

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Northwood Opens First South Island Fast Charger

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Northwood Fast Charger Opening - 16 December 2016

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[Stuff / The Press - 16th December 2016]

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Students Electric Vehicles Put to the Test at Evolocity

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Christchurch Evolocity - 27th November 2016. 

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[Stuff - 17th November 2016]

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Better NZ Trust wins at the 2016 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards

The Better NZ Trust has won the Communicating Sustainability Award at the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards held in Auckland on 17 November.

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Award Wins for Better NZ Trust

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The Better NZ Trust has won the Communicating Sustainability Award for demonstrating excellence in communicating a sustainability-related message.  The judges described the trust’s efforts to promote electric vehicles as “truly impressive and inspirational”.

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[EV Talk - 18th November 2016]

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It's a Record Breaker

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Leading the Charge 2017 Road Trip

The last two  LeadingTheCharge roads trips were very popular and very successful. Everyone that helped or participated had such a good time we thought we should do it again!

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Wanaka - EVs are the Buzz Around Town

There was a definite buzz in Wanaka during International Drive Electric Week (IDEW), as electric vehicle enthusiasts took to the streets to promote their beloved vehicles.  

 

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Charge Net and BMW Team Up to create more chargers

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BMW and Charge Net NZ are planning to install 100 fast charge stations across New Zealand.

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[Newshub - 27th September 2016]

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Passionate about Paxster Posties

 There is a suspicion that the new Paxster Postie EVs will be replacing the regular Postie push bike service. Bicycles are perhaps the ultimate environmentally friendly delivery vehicle, so isn’t this a step backwards?

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New Lynn plugs into 'the future'

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Transport Minister Simon Bridges has opened new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Nelson, Thames and now New Lynn as part of International Drive Electric Week.

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[Western Leader - 20th September 2016]

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Wellington Round Up - International Drive Electric Week

International Drive Electric Week hit the capital with a bang last week!  With a total of 7 events ranging from meet and greets to a week long static display, there was something available for everybody to see.

 

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Electric vehicles at Bayfair

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Electric vehicle owners are gaining in numbers and beginning to appear in groups at public events, after years of being treated like vegetarians at a barbeque.

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[Sunlive - 18th September 2016]

 

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Nanogirl: Incentives needed to boost uptake of electric vehicles

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Electric vehicle costs are so high they remain out of reach for most of us and only make up 0.035 per cent of our total fleet. If government mirrored Norway and introduced incentives to put EVs in the same price category as petrol cars our future would look much greener.

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[NZ Herald - 17th September 2016]

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Getting Charged at MOTAT This Weekend

Electric Vehicle (EV) enthusiasts can now charge up at MOTAT while they explore transport technology from the past, present and future.

As part of its expanding network of EV chargers, Vector has installed a standard charger at the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT). To celebrate its opening and International Drive Electric Week, the Museum has collaborated with The Better NZ Trust to host the largest gathering of electric vehicles New Zealand has ever seen on Sunday 18 September.

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[Press Release - MOTAT - 15th September 2016]

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Electric vehicle charging infrastructure growing

Transport Minister Simon Bridges has opened new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Nelson, Thames and Auckland as part of International Drive Electric Week.

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[Press Release - New Zealand Government - 16th September 2016]

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Electric vehicles contestable fund opens today

Electric vehicles contestable fund opens today

Transport and Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today opened the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund.

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[Press Release - New Zealand Government - 14th September 2016]

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Electric vehicle 'opportunity charger' launched

The Dunedin City Council and Otago Chamber of Commerce have marked International Drive Electric Week by today launching an electric vehicle charger at the Great King Street car park building.

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[Press Release - Dunedin City Council - 14th September 2016]

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Buzzing over electric vehicles

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He's the Minister of Energy and Resources, the Minister of Transport, and probably the country's pre-eminent EV devotee.

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[Sunlive - 14th September 2016]

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Wellington gets its first solar-powered electric vehicle charger

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The Sustainability Trust has unveiled Wellington's first solar-power electric vehicle charger available to the public.

The car charger is free to use, offering two-hour charge slots with two allocated parking spots at the trust's Forresters Lane location; giving electric car owners more freedom to charge their cars while at work.

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[Stuff Environment - 14th September 2016]

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Electric car group plugs for station

Waimate  has one, Timaru has one and Dunedin has two.

 It's time Wanaka had one, too.

That is the view of the Wanaka Electric Vehicle Club pressing for a fast-charging station for the town to encourage more motorists to make the switch from petrol and diesel.

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[Otago Daily Times - 13th September 2016]

 

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Hobsonville Farmers Market 11 Sept 2016

A good line up of EVs were on display at the Hobsonville Farmers market on Sunday 11th September 2016 - a Tesla Model S, a BMW i3, 3 Nissan Leafs and Steve West's Tesla Roadster! Under very clear blue skies there were a large range of people who visit this market weekly for fresh produce! Kerikeri oranges, home made preserves and Turkish breads are just some of the produce on offer, as well as many stalls offering tempting food choices for the browsers! Over 130 family groups and couples took advantage of the EV enthusiasts to ask them all those questions that bubble to the surface when confronted with EV technology, and another 60 groups of people took the leaflets for reading later!

Leaflets were well received and the numbers shown there as to how economic EVs are, will hopefully start the 'Are we bold enough to buy an EV' conversations around the dinner table, and lead to more EVs being purchased! The stickers were distributed, and as it was a task given to Daniel and Steph, many children could be seen walking around the market with them on their clothing! We hope that subversively they will get them onto their parents ICE cars!

We will be doing it all again next Sunday 18th September - come on down and see us!!

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Govt gives electric cars the green light for Drive Electric Week

James Shaw is urging the Government to start building the infrastructure required for electric cars in New Zealand. 

"You've got to create the demand, so you actually need people to buy the vehicles otherwise it's very difficult for the infrastructure people to say 'we'll go ahead and build all the infrastructure'," the Green Party co-leader told Paul Henry on Monday.

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[Newshub - 12th September 2016]

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