North Island Events

Electric vehicles (EVs) aren’t the stuff of science fiction, they are very real and they are here to stay! 

If you haven’t seen an electric vehicle for yourself, come along to a Leading The Charge event.  At these events, you will be able to talk to some of the owners or read information about the current EV situation in New Zealand and what steps are being taken to increase uptake.  

  • Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 09:00 AM
    Kartsport Hamilton in Ohaupo, New Zealand

    EVolocity National Finals 2019

    SATURDAY, November 24th, 2019 9AM – 4PM

    You won’t want to miss this!

    National Finals will be kicking off at 9am on Sunday 24th November!

    Taking place at Kartsport Hamilton, student teams from around the country will be going head-to-head in a variety of challenges for the national finals.

    Supporting this event, there will be EV rides, drives, education and myth busting, which spectators can access when not watching their team's races during the day.

     

    EVolunteers wanted!

    Looking for volunteers to assist Better NZ Trust and Waikato EV Owners, with rides/drives on the day. Please PM Robert so he can add your name to a messenger group for further updates concerning the day. Or you can join chat at this link https://m.me/join/AbaG3jCEVzZNxC99

    What is Evolocity?

    Secondary students design, build and compete in electric vehicles.

    School teams build a vehicle (either a bike or with 3+ wheels) powered by the same 350W electric motor, controller and two 12V gel cells. Innovation is encouraged as students strive to make their vehicle the fastest with the least drag, and able to cope with the demands of a tight street circuit. The Innovation categories encourage teams to build in object detection and mitigation features along with the measurement and display of key performance metrics.

    This competition encourages sustainable thinking; engineering, media & project management careers; and promotes sustainable electric vehicles.

    Regional & national events include opportunities for the public to test ride electric bikes, test drive electric cars.

     

    EVolocity national and regional finals see teams competing in a variety of categories including performance events, innovation, design, reporting and community awareness. 

     

    "We are passionate about electric vehicles in all forms – from bikes to cars and beyond. And, we’re doing our part to accelerate NZ’s uptake. The best way to sell electric vehicles is to give people the experience of riding one or driving one. That’s when they get 'the EV grin'."

    Each year we work with teachers to build a calendar of events for their region. This includes a launch and 3 Build Camps. Each Camp has a focus from vehicle design and fabrication, electronics and programming for the Innovation category along with controller building and programming, then scrutineering and testing. The camps are fun and usually out of school hours. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate. They are often hosted by our tertiary partners and lead by their specialist staff. Teams are encouraged to help one another with materials and expertise.

    Our regional finals are a fun day of competition where teams parade their designs and then test them in competition against their peers from other schools.

    While student interest is around the Performance and Innovation sections other team members with responsibility for Show, Reporting and the EVy Awards (video and social media) enjoy showing their creativity and time in the spotlight.

  • Friday, February 07, 2020 at 08:00 AM
    Memorial Square in Martinborough, New Zealand

    Martinborough - 1 Feb - Fair

    SATURDAY February 1st, 2020, 8AM – 4PM

    SATURDAY March 7th, 2020, 8AM – 4PM

    The country's Premiere Craft Fair, sponsored by South Wairarapa Rotary. Interesting and varied array of goods, services and activities for our fair-goers.

    Electric Vehicle information and display and test drive car.

    Entry and parking: Free

    Further Paid parking is available around Martinborough

    Child-friendly. No dogs.

    Hosted by Martinborough Fair Trust

     


    EVolunteer Information TBC

    • 7am setup, be ready by 7:30am;
    • packdown 4pm
    • Location TBC but middle of Kansas St South if we get same location as last year.
    • Contact: Sigurd Magnusson (electric vehicles stand only)

     

    Watch a promotional video about the Martinborough Fair

    Watch a promotional video about Electric Cars at Martinborough Fair

     

  • Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Jackson Street in Petone, New Zealand

    Petone - 15 Feb - Petone Fair

    SATURDAY, February 15th 2019, 10AM – 4PM

     

    Hutt Valley's Biggest Summer Event.

    A highlight of the summer season, held every year in historic Jackson Street in Petone.

    EVs will again feature at the Fair, in an effort to educate and promote this environmentally friendly transport option.

    • Child friendly. Not dog-friendly.

    • Free entrance. Outdoors.

    • Parking: on-street, Britannia Street 3 x paid private carparks, Park & Ride at Petone Station, cnr Bouverie & Udy Sts paid parking, disabled at Buik Street.

    Hosted by the Rotary Club of Petone   This annual event is the Rotary Club's biggest fundraiser of the year.


    Saturday 15 February EVolunteers (times TBC)

    • 9am setup for 10am public opening,

    • 4pm packdown

    • Stall site TBC but likely to be near Fitzherbert Street

    Contact Sigurd Magnusson to volunteer

     

     

  • Friday, March 06, 2020 at 08:30 AM
    Newtown Street Festival in Newtown, New Zealand

    Newtown - 8 March - Festival

    SUNDAY, March 8th, 2019, 8:30AM – 5PM

     

    Discover a fabulous world of food, arts, crafts and Electric cars in the heart of vibrant Newtown.

    An eclectic mix of performers will play on 12 stages spread out along Riddiford and surrounding streets. Headlining Tiny Ruins.

    Amongst the stands, electric vehicles will be showcased. (near Rintoul Street) EVolunteers welcome. Contact Sigurd Magnusson.

    • 420 stalls
    • Over 120 different acts
    • 12 stages
    • Music, Dance, Comedy

    Programme of Performers will be posted closer to the time.

    Child friendly and free to all.  A family-oriented public celebration in the heart of Newtown – this is Newtown’s community party to which all of Wellington is invited.

    Hosted by Newtown Festival

  • Saturday, March 07, 2020 at 08:00 AM
    Memorial Square in Martinborough, New Zealand

    Martinborough - 7 Mar - Fair

    SATURDAY February 1st, 2020, 8AM – 4PM

    SATURDAY March 7th, 2020, 8AM – 4PM

    The country's Premiere Craft Fair, sponsored by South Wairarapa Rotary. Interesting and varied array of goods, services and activities for our fair-goers.

    Electric Vehicle information and display and test drive car.

    Entry and parking: Free

    Further Paid parking is available around Martinborough

    Child-friendly. No dogs.

    Hosted by Martinborough Fair Trust

     


    EVolunteer Information TBC

    • 7am setup, be ready by 7:30am;
    • packdown 4pm
    • Location TBC but middle of Kansas St South if we get same location as last year.
    • Contact: Sigurd Magnusson (electric vehicles stand only)

     

    Watch a promotional video about the Martinborough Fair

    Watch a promotional video about Electric Cars at Martinborough Fair