NZ joins global Electric Vehicle Initiative

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Words: Nile Bijoux
31 May 2018

New Zealand has joined an international forum of the world’s top electric markets to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles locally.

Membership of the Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI) will link New Zealand into international best practice around EVs, including policy, research and information sharing, said Andrew Caseley, Chief Executive of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

“Being part of this initiative puts New Zealand alongside the top electric vehicle markets in the world, demonstrating to industry our readiness to adopt new electric vehicle technologies.

“Transitioning our fossil-fuelled transport fleet to run on clean, renewable electricity is one of the most effective ways for New Zealand to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet our climate change commitments,” said Mr Caseley.

“Joining the EVI is yet another way we are signalling our intention to speed up New Zealand’s transition to low-carbon economy.”

The EVI has a collective target of at least 30 per cent of new vehicle sales by 2030. EV registrations in New Zealand have recently passed the 8000 mark.

Other EVI members include Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the UK, the USA and the European Union.

It is part of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a forum of the world’s largest and most forward-leaning countries working together to accelerate the global transition to clean energy.

EECA supports the Government’s Electric Vehicles Programme through an information campaign and a Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund.

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