what is an ev?

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Welcome to the future of transport.

‘EV’ stands for electric vehicle. EVs are plug-in vehicles powered at least partly by electricity. This includes battery electric vehicles, (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The term ‘EV” doesn’t just cover cars – heavy transport, marine transport, planes, scooters, bicycles and motorcycles can all be powered by electric motors!

EVs are rapidly gaining popularity because they have a myriad of advantages in comparison to internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs).

  • Thousands of studies have proven EVs to be better for the environment and human health.
  • With no clutch or gears EVs can accelerate smoothly and quickly; they often feel like you’re driving a sports car.
  • A fully electric car has fewer moving parts, so they come with less ongoing maintenance costs. In fact, there are about 20 moving parts in an electric engine, compared to nearly 2,000 in an ICEV!
  • EVs are very cheap to run because they do not rely on petrol or diesel – both of which are skyrocketing in price in New Zealand. Running an electric vehicle is equivalent to paying 24-40c/litre of petrol or diesel!




From small hatchbacks and sedans to family-sized SUVs and crossovers, there is an electric vehicle to suit every lifestyle and living environment in New Zealand. With an abundance of models available, and more arriving in New Zealand every month, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to electric cars.


Utes are a crucial vehicle for thousands of New Zealanders, and several electrified versions are set to arrive on our roads in the very near future. Tradesmen, farmers and lifestyle adventurers will soon have access to a more climate-friendly ute driving experience while drastically cutting operating costs.


An e-bike is just like a normal bike, but equipped with a battery and motor for extra assistance. Electric bikes have facilitated a mass return of cyclists to New Zealand roads and tracks. They allow you to go further and conquer hills with ease – all while having fun and getting fit.


An e-scooter is a stand-up scooter powered by an electric motor. E-scooter sharing apps have increased the general public awareness of micromobility and driven sales of electric scooters for personal use. There are several different models available to use on ride sharing apps, or to buy in New Zealand.


Electric mopeds are plug-in electric vehicles with two wheels and a step-through frame. Mopeds are a convenient commuter option; in New Zealand, mopeds are allowed to use bus and transit lanes, and can be driven with a learners licence. An electric moped reduces the emissions of your commute and around-town mobility, while avoiding the costs, noise and maintenance associated with petrol engines. You can even buy a Kiwi-made e-moped!


Electric motorbikes are fast gaining popularity overseas, and some New Zealand companies have already released their own models. EV motorcycles do not emit the loud noises or vibrations of gas powered bikes. With no clutch or gears, they are also much simpler to ride and maintain. With some models boasting more than 450km ranges, it won’t be long before e-motorbikes become a more popular form of transport.


Electric vans are suitable for a wide range of commercial and lifestyle purposes. There are several electric vans available in New Zealand, and new models are set to arrive in 2022 and 2023. If you are a business owner, switching to electric could save you a fortune in running costs and maintenance, while helping to reduce your carbon footprint. E-Vans are easy to lease through Kiwi fleet management companies, and have already been proven economic and practical in the New Zealand context.



Currently, New Zealand’s heavy truck fleet contributes 27% of all transport emissions while only accounting for 7% of total annual travel. Electrifying our heavy transport sector will be crucial in ensuring a cleaner future for NZ.

All-electric big rigs, semi-trucks, box trucks, delivery trucks and waste collection vehicles with impressive battery range are already in production. These EVs will be seen more frequently on New Zealand roads in the next few years. Electric trucks will reduce noise and fumes on our freight routes, and minimise expenses for fleet operators.


From jetskis and standard hobby boats to luxury yacht, large catamarans and passenger ferries, electric watercraft are being manufactured and purchased in rapidly increasing numbers. EV boats are quieter on the water, accelerate faster than their gas-powered counterparts and require minimal engine maintenance. New Zealand has several companies leading the charge on the water, including Electric Boats NZ and EV Maritime.


Electric and hybrid-electric aircraft have great potential to reduce the environmental impact of the aviation industry. Several types and sizes of electric planes are in development and will soon be widely available for commercial purposes. Global aviation heavyweights such as Airbus have been exploring electric flight for over a decade, and innovative Kiwi startup ElectricAir is making breakthroughs in short-haul flight.