In May 2016, the Minister of Transport announced a package of measures to increase the uptake of EVs in New Zealand to remove barriers that have prevented households and business from choosing EVs.
Current barriers to EV uptake include the limited selection of models available; a lack of widespread public charging infrastructure; and lack of awareness about EVs. The benefits of increasing EV uptake are far-reaching - they are cheaper to run than petrol or diesel vehicles, they are powered by New Zealand’s abundant renewable electricity supply, and will reduce the emissions that come from the country’s vehicle fleet.
The Electric Vehicles Programme includes:
The package aims to address barriers to the uptake of electric vehicles, including the limited supply of models in New Zealand, lack of awareness and misconceptions about electric vehicles, and a lack of widespread public charging infrastructure.
A number of agencies (namely Ministry of Transport, NZTA, Worksafe New Zealand, and MBIE) are involved in delivering this programme. EECA’s responsibility is to deliver two of the programmes - an information campaign and the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, which had around 80 applications seeking co-funding of $27 million in the first round. Fifteen successful applicants received funding and the second round of the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund has opened with up to $3 million available. It is open until 26 April, 2017. The information campaign aims to promote EVs and overcome information barriers. Recent actions include launching a new EV webportal (www.electricvehicles.govt.nz)and EV television advertising.