Curious about electric vehicles?
This video shows how easy it is to charge an EV, at home or out and about.
Electric vehicles at home
Drive the future – with an electric car you’ll not only have a fun, smooth, quiet drive, you’ll also save a huge amount on running costs – equivalent to paying 30 cents a litre for fuel! And because EVs run on New Zealand’s 80% renewable electricity, rather than imported oil, you’ll be helping the environment too through reduced carbon emissions. Find out more about electric vehicles at EECA Energywise.
Electric vehicles in your business
If you want to stay ahead in business, its time to go electric. Reduce the running costs of your business vehicles and reduce your carbon emissions from transport by 80%. You’ll be filling your vehicles with locally produced, 80% renewable electricity rather than imported oil, and giving your fleet drivers a car that is enjoyable to drive. Find out more about EVs in fleets, and use the total cost of ownership tool at EECA Business.
People love their EVs. If you’ve ever driven one, you’ll know why – you can’t help smiling at the smooth ride, the instant acceleration and the silence of an electric motor.
Driving an EV is a lot like driving any other car – but also a lot more fun.
With only around 20 moving parts, compared to around 2,000 for a petrol or diesel powered car, there isn’t a lot to maintain in an EV. There’s no oil to change, no spark plugs to replace, and no gearbox to service - just a simple electric motor, tyres, brakes and wiper blades!
Charging up your vehicle is as easy as plugging in overnight at home, or if you’re out and about you can do a fast charge at one of the many charging stations appearing all over New Zealand; at shopping malls, supermarkets, airports and even petrol stations.
Good for New Zealand
We're lucky that more than 80% of our electricity comes from renewable sources, such as hydro lakes and wind turbines which produce no carbon emissions. So when you drive an EV in New Zealand you fill your car with locally produced, mostly renewable electricity, rather than imported fossil fuel. EVs also have no exhaust fumes and no engine noise. Doing good for the environment was never this easy. Or this fun.
About electric vehicles
You can wake up to a ‘full tank’ every morning by plugging in overnight at home. It's cheap and easy and you'll never have to go to a petrol station again.
Many workplaces are installing EV charging facilities for their customers, fleets or their staff. Options range from cheap and easy to more expensive fast charging stations.
How far can I go?
A typical pure electric vehicle has a range of around 120km, easily covering the majority of daily travel in New Zealand, or a top end pure electric vehicle has a range of around 350km. If you need more range every day, a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle may be worth considering.
How far do I travel?
Keep track of your regular driving on your car’s trip meter, or use Google Maps to map your daily or weekly driving to see how far you usually go. You may be surprised how easily an EV will meet your needs.
Charging an EV is equivalent to paying 30 cents per litre for fuel. If you charge overnight at home an EV will cost up to $3 per 100km. And with fewer parts to maintain, you’ll be seeing your mechanic a little less and saving a lot more.
What New Zealand is doing
On 5 May 2016 the Government announced its electric vehicles programme, which aims to increase the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand.
Find out more about the electric vehicles programme.
The Government has established a contestable fund to encourage innovation and investment in promoting, enabling and/or accelerating the uptake of electric and other low emission vehicles in New Zealand.
You can read more about the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund on the EECA website
What can I do next?
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Find out more
If you still have questions, the best way to find out more about EVs is to talk to someone who has one.
Find an event
There are events happening all around the country where you can check out electric vehicles, talk to owners and get more information. Many events offer drive or ride opportunities too.