Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods has today announced that the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) will co-fund 11 projects to cut transport emissions as part of its Low Emission Transport Fund (LETF).
Among the projects are solutions for electric vehicle charging, ways to cut fuel costs in heavy freight, and the first ever marine project will get co-funding from the Government.
“In total, the projects will receive $2.14 million from the Government’s third round of The Low Emission Transport Fund so they can trial new ways of slashing emissions in the transport sector, in areas that were previously seen as hard to decarbonise,” says Woods.
One project is being undertaken by Core Technology which plans to pilot electric outboard motors including ‘handbag’, ‘briefcase’, and ‘carry-on’ sized batteries for use on small watercraft.
Woods went on to add that the projects come in all shapes and sizes.
“At a more local level, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, ahi kā from Tāmaki Makaurau will run a car share service using a community app with chargers, three EV cars, and an EV van so whānau in the local community have accessible and affordable transport without needing to run an expensive private car.”
In an effort to increase EV purchase incentives, the Government has funded Red Phase Technologies which will work with Z Energy and Powerco to integrate a “super high-speed” charger at a Waiouru site.
“Jump Charging will build a portable skid-mounted 75kW DC rapid charging station that can be installed in locations that require temporary increases in EV charging demand such as special events or emergency situations.
“Congratulations to all successful applicants, I look forward to following your progress. You are part of the national effort to reduce our transport emissions by 41 percent by 2035,” Woods added.
The full list of projects can be found here.