It is apparent that 2019 will be an exciting year for EV releases in LHD and some, in RHD, hopefully filtering down to the NZ market.
But even more exciting in 2019, will be the expected announcements of delivery dates for a whole raft of BEVs likely to be released in 2020/21. Experts predict that 2020/21 will be when EV finally becomes a viable alternative for the bulk of the driving population because there will be an EV model suited to almost anybody. That's not to say the bulk of the market will choose an EV, but that there will be less holding them back.
Before then, we have a few new cars hitting the international market and a few notable models finally reaching NZ in 2019.
VW Buzz (concept), due to go on sale in 2022
First up, let's look at those models that have already been released, but to the best of our knowledge are expected to reach NZ shores in 2019.
[Rachelle Tilsley - Better NZ Trust - 31/12/18]
Electric transportation is about more than cars.
Trucks and buses are also moving toward electric propulsion. Planes, with their long ranges and high power demands seem to be harder. Where electric power does seem to be making progress in the skies is in helicopters.
Guinness Record Holding Electric Helicopter by Tier 1 Engineering
The Better NZ Trust has been #LeadingTheCharge in New Zealand’s EV space since 2015. During that time, this charitable Trust has worked closely with all industry decision makers, government, and pioneer EV enthusiasts, in an effort to successfully bring EV to NZ. This Code of Behaviour at public chargers comes after consultation with the EV community and with the experience of being the longest-serving promoter of EV in NZ.
All EVs Are Equal
Whether PHEV, small or large capacity, all EV’s have equal right to use chargers.
Use your discretion in sharing, if there is a choice of high-powered/low-powered DC chargers.
Only use public chargers if you cannot charge at home. Keep them free for those that need them.
Charging Not Parking
Parks displaying this official NZ sign are for charging only. Do not park there if you are not charging,
even if you’re in an EV.
Be Nice to ICE
Be a good EV Ambassador. Don’t leave anything other than a polite note on an offending vehicle.
When to Unplug
Only unplug another vehicle if you are certain it has finished charging, or you have been given permission, eg: on Plugshare.
Monitor With Your Phone
Make use of apps or txt alerts to monitor the state of charge. Plugshare is a safe way to communicate, but is optional.
Don’t Set and Forget
Stations are designed to allow you to leave your vehicle charging. But you must be back before charging stops, and before any parking time limits are up.
Don’t expect others to unplug you.
Check for Parking/Charging Limits
Some stations and/or EV parks have time limits to encourage vehicle turnover.
Do not park illegally to reach the charger.
E-Stop is for Emergencies
In other situations, only press E-Stop if you can’t get hold of the station operator by phone.
Reset it before you leave.
OK to Check Progress
It is acceptable and normal to check the onscreen progress of a station that you are waiting to use.
Look after the stations, cables and plugs. Report any damage to the service provider, & ensure cables are safely tucked away
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Volkswagen Looks Back Again While Moving into EV Age
Volkswagen is working on an electric dune buggy concept vehicle that pays homage to the classic Meyers Manx.
Now, as VW prepares to introduce the first EVs on its new MEB (modular electric architecture) platform, the company is quietly developing a concept inspired by Meyers’ creation. If produced, it could be one of three retro-themed EVs, including the Buzz, based on the classic Microbus, and a five-door new Beetle.
SAUDIA Ad Diriyah
With just 3 days to go until the start of the 2018/19 racing season, FELIPE MASSA, one of the most experienced drivers on the grid, drove deep into the deserts of Saudi Arabia to test his skills against the fastest animal on earth.
It’s not the first time the fully-electric Formula E car has been pitted against a member of the animal kingdom, with reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne running side-by-side with a cheetah on the Western Cape of South Africa last year.
Vergne narrowly edged out the fastest land mammal, but fans asked for a rematch - this time together with a more demanding competitor. Listening to the feedback of fans on social media, it became the turn of the peregrine falcon, which is capable of reaching speeds in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph) when diving through the skies.
[Rachelle Tilsley - Better NZ Trust - 12 Dec 2018]
A driver at a hydrogen pump at a Los Angeles gas station refuels a futuristic, zero-emission Chevrolet Equinox hydrogen-fuel-cell powered automobile. The vehicle has a range of 150 miles. An electronic plug-in cable controls the refilling process.
Image Credit: (iStock) pandapix
Low energy efficiency is already a major problem for petrol and diesel vehicles. Typically, only 20% of the overall well-to-wheel energy is actually used to power these vehicles. This low energy efficiency is the primary reason why fossil fuel vehicles are emissions-intensive and relatively expensive to run.
The other 80% is lost through oil extraction, refinement, transport, evaporation, and engine heat.
[Article Credit: The Conversation - 30 Nov 2018]
Yoogo Share has won first place in the "Smarter Transport" category of the 2018 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.
Right to left: Yoogo Share Development Manager, Tracey Jay. Yoogo Share General Manager, Kirsten Corson. Waste Management National Manager Customer First, Marsha Cadman. Waste Management Sustainability Manager, Adam Weller.
Image Credit: Sustainable Business Network
650 people attended the black-tie NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards dinner in Auckland last Thursday night to find out which businesses were leading sustainability in the country. Yoogo Share was up against Waste Management NZ, Civic Contractors, Enviro NZ, Tranzit Group, Yoogo Share and Mevo for the Smarter Transport Award.
Start sequence, BMW i Berlin E-Prix 2017/18 - Credit: LAT/Formula E
Electric dream: consortium still pushing to bring Formula E to Auckland
A consortium including ASB Classic tennis tournament director Karl Budge is angling to bring "Formula E" racing to Auckland.
He and consortium partner Craig Cotton (head of the NZ Innovation Council) commissioned a study by SMG YouGov that says the race would bring in $150m a year.
Why It's Important
Budge and Cotton say it's not just about the thrill of motorsport. The pair argue Formula E racing in New Zealand would help spur clean energy research and electric vehicle adoption as the government targets a carbon neutral economy by 2050.
Can New Zealand reach Norway's standard for electric vehicles?
Norway has surpassed the rest of us - they have the largest electric vehicle (EV) ownership per capita in the world.
With more than 200,000 plug-in EVs recorded at the end of last year, the number continues to rise as the country aims to sell only zero carbon-emission cars by 2025.
So how does New Zealand compare? Christina Bu is the Norwegian Electric Vehicles Association secretary general and she spoke to The AM Show on Monday.
With a general power cut in Taupo recently, one EV owner and dealer, Steve Greenwood of Drive EV (www.driveev.co.nz/) has been able to keep the power going at his home and office.
Using an inverter running off the traction batteries in an EV, he has available two AC power points for household appliances.