NZTA move to boost EV fleet and charging infrastructure welcomed
Not-for-profit group Drive Electric says the New Zealand Transport Agency’s decision to investigate boosting its electric vehicle fleet and invest in charging infrastructure is welcome news.
Drive Electric chairperson Mark Gilbert says the Labour-New First government is looking to the public sector to adopt EV technology as part of it’s coalition agreement and NZTA is getting on the wave early.
“NZTA’s proposal to add 41 EVs to its fleet in 2018 shows it is leading from the front in adopting technology that will eventually dominate the automotive sector in just a few years,” says Gilbert.
He says the agency’s intention to invest in its own charging infrastructure to support the EV fleet is also a positive sign.
According to BusinessDesk, the agency is seeking information for a nationwide electric vehicle charging infrastructure as it looks to roll out more EVs across its fleet.
The agency says it wants to gather market intelligence which it will use to inform its approach when buying charging products and services, but won't use the process to select or shortlist suppliers.
In the request for information notice, NZTA says it will replace 139 of its 146 leased vehicles over the next 12 months.
It currently has two electric vehicles, one in Wellington and one in Auckland, and expects new EVs will be rolled out across different offices with a range of one to eight vehicles per site, with 15 in Auckland in two different sites, six in Hamilton, one in Tauranga. one in Napier, five in Palmerston North, eight in Wellington, one in Blenheim, two in Christchurch and two in Dunedin.
It is likely other fleet cars will be replaced with electric vehicles over the next three-to-five years, says NZTA.
The request for information notice requires details about providing, installing, operating and maintaining the charging stations. It does not include the supply of EVs.