Charging into the Future – New Zealand’s Growing EV Community
New Zealand has a lot in common with Norway: Nature, renewable energy and a passionate and growing EV community. Enthusiasts are inspired by Norway in the move forward towards clean transport.
This is a GUEST COMMENTARY written by Dee West, Public relations Manager for ChargeNet NZ. Dee and Steve West, CEO of ChargeNet NZ, will also be speakers at the Nordic EV Summit 2017 in Drammen, Norway. New Zealand is a small island nation in the Southern Pacific Ocean similar in size, topography and population to Norway. Sadly, the grim reality of New Zealand’s environmental, carbon emission and conservation record is less than inspirational, and not something we can confidently pat ourselves on the back for as a nation. The good, the bad, and the dirty Carbon emissions in New Zealand increased by 111% from 1990 to 2012. There has been some movement in reducing them, and efforts to electrify light and heavy transport in New Zealand should make a notable contribution to reductions. This compares to a 35% emission reduction in Norway over the same period. Differences between Norway and New Zealand:
- Little or no government level incentives for uptake of replacing fuel vehicles with electric vehicles
- Despite over 80% of New Zealand electricity being generated from renewable resources there are no government incentives in place to increase this.
- Different Taxation realities.
- Electric vehicles cost more in New Zealand, and there are fewer choices for what you can buy.