NZ EVs avoid one thousand tonnes of greenhouse gases
New Zealand’s EV push is paying environmental dividends as both EVs and plug-in hybrids combined will avoid discharging one million kilogrammes of greenhouse gases in November.
That’s according to an estimate from Flip the Fleet, a citizen science coalition of pure and plug-in EV owners that shares data from their vehicles to a communal database every month.
The project takes the distance each EV has travelled and estimates comparable emissions a conventional vehicle would have emitted over the same range.
Flip the Fleet co-founder, Henrik Moller, said that “The data just received show that, on average, each low-emission vehicle avoided emitting the equivalent of 191kg of carbon dioxide in October.”
“The Ministry of Transport reckons there are 5341 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in New Zealand as of the end of October. And since the electric fleet is growing at about nine per cent per month that represents a savings of more than one million kg of greenhouse gases each month,” Moller says.
Moller went on to say that by the middle of 2020 New Zealand could be eliminating 10,000 tonnes of emissions monthly, if the current growth rate of New Zealand’s EV fleet continues.