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David Crawford, Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Industry Association says ‘the Motor Industry Association has completed a survey of manufacturer’s plans to import and distribute new models of electric vehicles (EV’s) and plugin hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV’s) between now and the end of the 2020. The good news is between now and the end of 2020 we expect to see the introduction of at least 44 new EV and PHEV models into the New Zealand market.’

‘Of the total number of planned new plugin vehicle models between now and the end of 2020 one third are EVs and two thirds PHEVs. In each of the years from now to 2020, there will be around 7-10 new models a year introduced into the market. This is a reasonably strong growth rate,’ says Mr Crawford.

In releasing the survey, the MIA recognises that knowledge of when a make and model is coming to the market is commercially sensitive so it has been necessary to group the results into broad segments.

Mr Crawford says ‘while the number of new models to be introduced is looking promising, the rate of sales of these models is difficult to predict.  All models carry a price premium over standard vehicles and will continue to do so for some time. However, with announcement on the 5 th of May by the Minister of Transport, Hon Simon Bridges, on a package of incentives to increase the uptake of low emission vehicles the MIA believes there is growing interest by businesses and consumers in purchasing low emission vehicles such as EV’s and PHEV’s.’

Survey Results June 2016:

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For Further Information:
David Crawford
Chief Executive Officer, Motor Industry Association
Phone: 04 972 5663 / 027 569 8263