Government position on EVs
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
For more information on the government’s programme, click here.
Low Emissions Vehicle Contestable Fund
Part of the government’s electric vehicles programme, the fund is aimed at promoting EVs and making the most of New Zealand’s renewable electricity advantage. If you have a great project that just needs some funding, click here to learn more about how to apply.
Drive Electric – doing our bit
Awareness, agreement and action
Following this meeting, DE 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.
Motorsport with a difference
Innovation in automotive technology has usually been driven by motorsport, and that’s why Drive Electric established EVolocity – a programme to encourage schools, universities and businesses to design, build and race EVs.
Ruapuna Motorsport Park in Christchurch was the site of the first EVolocity event in 2014, with more to follow. In 2015, Drive Electric sold EVolocity Ltd to Rob McEwen, former DE Executive Director and now a Life Member.
PlugIn – electric mobility awareness
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.