Curious about electric vehicles?
Find information and links to start your journey here.
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 EVs at home 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
Public charging stations
New Zealand’s network of charging stations is growing all the time. Plan a longer road trip or find a handy top-up on the go.
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.
Read more about the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund on the EECA website.
What can I do next?
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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.