What is the government doing now to encourage uptake?
Adding to EVs’ already undeniable efficiencies, government incentives are making the benefits of transitioning fleets even more attractive. That’s why they’ve set up some targets and initiatives to encourage New Zealand companies to consider transitioning to EVs for their car fleets.
From 5 May 2016, the Electric Vehicles Programme:
- Aims to double the number of electric vehicles in New Zealand every year to reach about 64,000 by 2021
- Extends the Road User Charges exemption on light electric vehicles until they make up two percent of the light vehicle fleet
- Offers new Road User Charges exemption for heavy electric vehicles until they make up two percent of the heavy vehicle fleet
- Will work across Government and the private sector to look into bulk-buying electric vehicles
- Co-ordinates the activities of Government agencies to support the development and roll-out of public charging infrastructure, information and guidance.
- Has allocated $1 million annually for a nation-wide electric vehicle information and promotion campaign over five years
- Includes a contestable fund of up to $6 million per year to encourage and support innovative low emission vehicle projects
- May in future allow electric vehicles in bus lanes and high-occupancy vehicle lanes on the State Highway network and local roads
- Will review tax depreciation rates and the method for calculating fringe benefit tax for electric vehicles to ensure electric vehicles are not being unfairly disadvantaged
- Will establish an electric vehicles leadership group across business, local and central government
Low Emissions Vehicle Contestable Fund
In May 2016, the Government announced a Low Emissions Vehicle Contestable Fund. This is available to projects that can showcase the potential of EVs to the rest of New Zealand. As part of the Government’s electric vehicles programme, the fund is aimed at increasing EV uptake and making the most of New Zealand’s renewable electricity advantage.
For more information or to register interest in receiving information about the contestable fund, click here.
What is Drive Electric doing to encourage uptake?
Drive Electric is an advocacy organisation focused on supporting New Zealand corporates to transition their ICE fleets. Our work can be categorised into two areas – collaboration and education. This includes regular educational and networking events, sharing leading thinking around best practice and technology, and building connections between government, the public, media and businesses at the forefront of the change.
In 2014 we hosted a Ministerial Round Table with wide participation from industry. This gathering recognised the need for society to change its motoring habits, and agreed to collaborate in consumer education and promotion of a common goal – more EVs on the road.
Following this meeting, Drive Electric will work collaboratively with executives from automotive and electricity industries and their government counterparts to create a roadmap with shared goals to the Government Stimulus Package. This roadmap will provide initiatives and clear steps to get us there.
PlugIn – electric mobility awareness
The biggest job in establishing more electric driving is in education and awareness. PlugIn is an online programme offering useful information, education and calculators.
The programme is also part of live events such as test-drives and races, so EV technology can be experienced up close and first hand.