Let’s take a look at what happened last year with New Zealand’s vehicle registrations. You can break down the stats by make and model but here we are just looking at some broad category figures for the 12 months of 2017.
There were 108,608 vehicles registered that are under 3,500 Kgs and 51,507 vehicles registered in the light commercial category, making a grand total of 160,115 (A record year) of cars, Utes, SUV’s and light commercials.
Now if you look at the total number of full electric vehicles (EVs) for all of 2017 the number of registrations comes in at 546, so now what about fuel/electric hybrids, well that total for 2017 comes in at 1,717.
So, adding full electric and hybrid together it makes up less than 1.5% of New Zealand’s vehicle fleet for 2017. Not a huge volume by any means so what’s the plan for EV’s and hybrids?
The New Zealand Government are teaming up with some investment partners to fund a mixture of projects to target getting 64,000 EVs onto New Zealand roads by 2021. So, in just 4 years this country wants to take the 2017 figure of 546 and grow in to 64,000.
The minister for energy and resources, Megan Woods said that the government would put in $3.7 million and she is expecting another $4.3 million from the other partners. The government’s money will come from the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, which was introduced by the previous government in 2016. The National government introduced this fund as a plan to lift the uptake of EVs into this New Zealand.
The total number of vehicles on New Zealand’s roads is estimated to be close to 4 million and at the end of 2017 the total number of EVs was 6,162 or 0.154%.
The New Zealand Transport Agency issued a pre-tender notice to gather market intelligence for nationwide EV charging infrastructure as it seeks to add more EVs to its own fleet.
There is talk of other projects that include the freight logistics company Coda, Zero Emission Vehicles and Bay Dairy, designing and manufacturing an electric truck to shuttle dairy products from the Fonterra Te Rapa dairy factory to the Fonterra Crawford Street freight hub in Hamilton. Coda is a joint venture between Port of Tauranga and Kotahi, a logistics company owned by Fonterra and Silver Fern Farms.
Megan Woods said that the electric truck will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 71 tonnes per year and has significant demonstration potential for the heavy logistics and transport industry. And that projects like this are vital to show others in the heavy logistics and transport industry that electric trucks are not only viable but have very low running costs.
Tourism Holdings will receive $402,000 to convert an electric van into a campervan, invest in charging equipment working with holiday parks, and develop dedicated travel itineraries with charging stations at 100km intervals. They also aim to have 20 electric campervans on the road within the next 12 months.
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare will receive $72,500 of the funding to install 74 EV slow chargers and two medium speed DC chargers to encourage staff to purchase EVs and the Motor Industry.
Training Organisation will receive $95,000 to develop a qualifications framework for technicians working on EVs. Currently, there is no NZQA-registered qualification or national standard for this work.