Govt’s EV push supported

Industry pro battery group pushes for fast tracking.

FINDING that at least a third of cars on the road by 2035 will be electric or hybrid powertrains has won the backing of a high-profile organization that is already pushing for that change, but it wants the government to step in.

The need to redirect the national light vehicle fleet, which consists of four million vehicles, towards battery involvement is at the heart of the government’s emissions reduction plan, which will have $4.5 billion in funding and aims to reduce global warming and prevent the catastrophic effects of climate change.

The transportation strategy includes half a billion dollars to help low-income families transition to electric and hybrid vehicles — part of the government’s commitment to ensure climate action doesn’t further entrenched inequalities.

Drive Electric, a champion of electric mobility, which includes many high-profile distributors of new vehicles, confirms that the future of mobility here will be electric.

However, it also suggests that the impetus for change will come from providing new vehicles with the latest technology, rather than continuing to rely on mostly ex-Japanese used cars that are on average eight years old before they arrive in this country.

It pointed out that there are more than 70 models of new electric vehicles available, that this year’s EV registrations so far, as at the end of March, are 38 percent higher than the same period last year, and that in April, 39 percent of all vehicles sold were an EV, plug-in electric or a hybrid.

“If you look at the global auto market – we’ve been seeing EV technology for some time now that will replace petrol and diesel cars,” said chairman Mark Gilbert, who previously led the national distributorship for the BMW brand as a company.

“This could happen sooner than you might think.

“Drive Electric welcomes the emissions reduction plan… but the time for talk is now over. It is time to continue executing the plan and removing emissions from transportation.”

As such, Drive Electric would like to see broad support in Parliament for the transport provisions to create certainty for businesses and consumers.

“Most manufacturers have committed in one way or another to going all-electric, as have many countries, including the UK.

“Today signals that New Zealand wants to be part of that transition and prevent it from becoming a dumping ground for dirty second-hand vehicles from other markets.

“This makes so much sense for a country with our access to renewable energy. EVs will lower the cost of owning a vehicle and give New Zealand more energy independence. The world around us shows how important that will be.

Drive Electric said the plan’s determination to complete a national charging infrastructure strategy, a vehicle scrapping scheme, a social leasing program and research into extending the Clean Car discount to other vehicle types are all ideas it has promoted.


Govt’s EV push supported

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