South 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.  

  • Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 09:00 AM through October 04, 2020 · 5 rsvps
    South Island, New Zealand

    EV SI Road Tour 2020


    SATURDAY 26th September – SATURDAY 3rd October 2020


    We have 6 confirmed cars (with 10 bodies currently) for the South Island loop, one of which will have crossed the Cook Strait after starting from Auckland. Leading the charge will be 3 Tesla Model 3’s with a Model X, a Kona and a 30kW Leaf!

    So far 2 visits have been confirmed; these are

    Electric Air: Confirmed - 27 September, 11am, Rangiora Airfield

    Benmore Dam: Confirmed - 2 October, time tba, Benmore Dam

    For the Benmore Dam visit we are offering short-range car drivers a ride in one of the Tesla long range cars from Omarama.  Martin will confirm timings when they are set and send out by email to the participants.

    There are 2 events still awaiting final confirmation: these are the Shotover Electric Jetboat talk and the Skyline Gondola Meal.

    The Tour was designed primarily as a holiday, and hanging out in motels chatting about the day’s travels is also to be encouraged!  As a seasoned EV RoadTripper I can confirm that sometimes that is all you want to do when a new location is reached – whether with a cuppa or a glass of an alcoholic beverage!

    Some travellers may take the opportunity to drop in on family or friends on the way!  A subtle way to show EVs can travel distance in comfort, style and very economically!

    The SI loop is about 1,740 km in length but we will obviously all do more kilometres than that as we explore the overnight stops, and possibly do side trips during the travelling days. But remember that number and also the fact that an ICE car running at say 7.5 litres of fuel/100km would use over $250 worth of dino-juice on the trip. We can compare ChargeNet bills at the end of the trip to see what each car used at fast chargers.  Many motels are happy to let EVs slow charge overnight and we always take that opportunity when presented.

    Originally we had thought we would get a Tour T-shirt/hoodie designed for all participants, but we have shelved that idea - however the Trust still has some EECA branded caps that we can hand out to those who like wearing them!  That saved cost will go towards the Trust funded dinners – we hope you are happy with that move!



    2019 Great EV Road Trip - wine and cheese meet and greet at Hawkdun Rise Vineyard

    2019 Great EV Road Trip - private tour of Manapouri Power Station

    More details to follow and keep an eye out on our EV 2020 Road Tour page: