SATURDAY 3rd August, 2019
FREE PUBLIC EXPO
For one day only, EV World will open its gates to the general public. Entrance will be free and no pre-registration is required. Children are welcome.
The Better NZ Trust will have a manned stand just inside the main doors of the exhibition hall. Bring your questions about EV Ownership and our real owners will answer them without the sales banter but with plenty of enthusiasm for this wonderful transport option.
We will also be offering rides in an electric car next to the Rides and Drives area beside Gate 3. Experience the difference in an electric car or try out a model you haven't driven before.
EV World will also be holding free seminars in the main exhibition hall near the back.
For more information about what you'll find at the 3rd annual EV World in Auckland go here https://www.conferenz.co.nz/events/evworld-nz-2019
LEADING THE CHARGE VOLUNTEERS - WE NEED YOU BOTH AT OUR INDOOR BOOTH AND AT THE RIDES AREA: EITHER ON THE SIGN-UP DESK, OR OFFERING RIDES IN YOUR CAR. Register your interest in volunteering on our Facebook event page. We are looking for 2-hour slots or whatever you can manage.
217 Green Lane West Epsom
Google map and directions
FRIDAY 2nd May 2019, 9AM - 5PM
DAY 2 CONFERENCE
EV World will throw open its doors on the Friday to industry and trade.
If you work in the automotive or related fields, media, or you make fleet decisions, come along today, when the halls will be quieter and you can get a chance to speak one-on-one with the stand holders.
Better NZ Trust will have a manned stand in the main exhibition hall near the main doors. Come and talk to us about us visiting your workplace, so your staff can experience driving an EV.
We will also be offering free rides and drives near Gate 3, so you can experience the difference driving or riding in an electric powered car yourself.
Entrance is free on the Friday, but pre-registration is expected. For more information and to register your attendance go here https://www.conferenz.co.nz/events/evworld-nz-2019 Entrance into the Trade Expo does not gain you entrance into the Industry Conference being held elsewhere in the facility.
LEADING THE CHARGE VOLUNTEERS - WE NEED YOU TODAY
Please register your interest on our Facebook event listing.
217 Green Lane West Epsom
Google map and directions
THURSDAY 1ST - 2ND August 2019, 9AM - 5PM
While the 2-day Industry Conference is being held upstairs, the Better NZ Trust will have a manned information stand in the big expo hall just inside the main doors.
When you need a break, come and talk to us to find out what we do. Bring your EV Ownership related questions to us.
We will also be hosting free rides and drives so you can experience for yourself riding in an EV or perhaps driving a model you haven't tried before. Find our cars at Gate 3 on the Friday (not Thursday), and on the public day on Saturday.
You will require a ticket to access the Conference. For more information about the Conference, and to register your attendance, head to: https://www.conferenz.co.nz/events/evworld-nz-2019
217 Green Lane West Epsom
Google map and directions
[Alex Stone - Waiheke Weekender - 10 Jan 2019]
The goal for the recently announced initiative on Waiheke, "Electric Island", is for a totally clean island in terms of transport and power supply by 2030.
In an article in Waiheke Weekender, dated 10 January, local EV Owner, Alex Stone, talks to other Islanders including The Better NZ Trust's own Carl Barlev, and the owners of Easy Transport, a (nearly) EV-only taxi service on the island.
NZ EV Registrations: Just Shy of 12K mark
Figures released yesterday by the Ministry of Transport have final numbers of electric vehicles registered in NZ as of 2018 year-end at 11,748. This comfortably exceeds the Government's target of 8,000.
Continuing the trend, light electric far outweighs heavy EV. Interestingly though, BEV has more than double the number of registrations as PHEV on an increasing trend year on year.
The Better NZ Trust has been #LeadingTheCharge throughout New Zealand since January 2015.
We work to educate New Zealanders in what can be done at an individual and corporate level to adopt zero carbon renewable energy technology.
“We’ll Give You the Facts, and Let You Decide”
Our current programme is incredibly varied – ranging from visits to schools and arranging local events to working closely with University researchers and relevant Government departments.
The Annual Road Trip is a massive undertaking for the Trust, bringing EVs to many major and minor locations in New Zealand and enables us to raise funds to support our work.
We are a registered charitable trust; registration CC55076.
What We Are Not
- We are politically agnostic. Our volunteers have a broad range of political stances.
- We are not a lobby group
- Nor an owners' association as such
- And we do not sell cars
- We do not, as a whole, favour any particular automobile brand. We will work with, and support, any dealer who is willing to invest time into selling electric vehicles.
We receive funding from both private donations and the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority of NZ.
To create environmental, financial and health benefits for all New Zealanders through education and outreach. We are assisting in the adoption of zero-carbon renewable energy technologies.
Championing sustainable initiatives for a better future for all of New Zealand is at the core of all that we do.
The Better NZ Trust's main focus is the #LeadingTheCharge campaign. As ~20% of New Zealand's greenhouse gas pollution is caused by the transport sector, we believe that transitioning away from fossil-fuelled vehicles into electric vehicles will make a valuable impact on our country's zero-carbon policies.
Concurrently, this transition will benefit NZ's economy by keeping our fuel for transport dollars in New Zealand and conserve the world's valuable fossil fuels for future generations.
Our organisation is dependent on our people. Electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts volunteer their time to help us promote the uptake of electric vehicles in the towns and cities of New Zealand.
In each region, we support a Champion amongst the volunteers to rally support from their wider neighbourhood. These people truly are champions as they spend their own time and energy to help. They are also knowledgeable about EV, many of whom have been pioneers in the cultural shift to electric-powered transport. Volunteers can sign up on this website and we will put them in touch with their local champion.
Every year the Better NZ Trust puts on two nationwide events:
International Drive Electric Week
For 9 days in August or September, New Zealand joins the USA and other countries by hosting EV Awareness events in provincial towns and cities.
EV Road Trip
Since the inception of the Better NZ Trust, we have put on an annual road trip from Cape Reinga to Bluff in a convoy of EVs.
Originally, the Road Trip was organised by Trustees Carl Barlev, Steve West and friends. It was a chance to prove that EVs could handle long distances.
Now, we feel that this has well and truly been proven. Charging infrastructure is available throughout New Zealand and thanks to the efforts of infrastructure providers and more choice in vehicles, the annual Road Trip is no longer the pioneering adventure that it once was.
However, it's still a chance for the Trustees and Champions to travel to each region and try to let as many people as possible experience a drive, or at least a ride in the future of automotive transport.
The most valuable resources for #LeadingTheCharge are the owner-drivers and enthusiasts who make this community work. There are too many to list individually but you will see their names on various pages as ticker tape.
But we also are indebted to the various companies and organisations for donating services or money to help operate the Trust.
Thank you so much for your support, we are excited to continue our work and to meet more people who are as excited as we are about a Better NZ for all of us.
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 an event or talk to a local dealer. 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.
For details of past events look at our blog
Whilst you will charge an EV at home most of the time, there may be occasions when you get caught short. Or, when planning a long trip, you want to know where you can fill up en route.
As of January 2019, there are 175 DC rapid charging stations across New Zealand ... plus another 300+ AC charge points registered on Plugshare.
The NZTA approved goal is to encourage the installation of a rapid charger every 75km along NZ's main State Highways so that even a low-range vehicle can travel inter-city. It has only taken four years, but this goal is nearly complete.
Now in 2019, providers appear to be installing more chargers to satisfy demand, to cover off-the-beaten-track tourist areas, and to create redundancy.
This map shows information uploaded by users to plugshare.com. You can see there are 500-odd public charging sites across New Zealand. The orange icons denote rapid DC chargers, which are ideal if you are just topping up or haven't got long to stop, whereas the green icons depict AC destination charging points. Destination chargers are slower charge points which in fact use the vehicle's onboard charger. They are ideal if your car will be parked for a longer length of time, such as in a parking building, shopping centre, or workplace.
If you click on the link and go to the plugshare.com site you can modify the search parameters to show only the charge sites you wish to see.
Plugshare offers a mobile phone app allowing you to find a location when you are on the move. It is available for Apple, Android and there is a separate app for Windows phones that uses the same information.
You can also visit charge.net.nz/map to find location information about their current and future fast charger units around New Zealand, or download the ChargeNet app to access their nationwide charging network on the go.
Leading The Charge is a community of drivers, enthusiasts, and advocates who are helping to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles in New Zealand by sharing our knowledge and passion through public events and outreach, as well as strategic engagement with other stakeholders.
We know that driving on clean, affordable, domestic electricity is more fun, convenient, and practical. That it improves air quality for families across New Zealand. That it supports both our local economy and the global environment. That it is, quite simply, better.
We’re happy to have you with us on this electrifying mission.
Local enthusiasts arrange events throughout the year but the two big annual events are the Great EV Road trip and International Drive Electric week. Organised with support of many sponsors and of course the community of enthusiasts.
Check out the info page for the 2019 Great EV Road trip here.
Leading The Charge is a project of the Better NZ Trust, whose vision is to create environmental, financial and health benefits for all New Zealanders through education, and assisting in the adoption of zero carbon renewable energy technologies.