New Zealand EV Scene – Update
The New Zealand light vehicle fleet continued to experience strong growth over the last 12 months for both BEV and PHEV. BEV now represent around 1.6% of the light vehicle fleet and PHEV around 0.5%, an increase of over 60% from a year ago. The rebate for BEV and PHEVs introduced 1st July 2021 remains in place however the interest in EVs is also being driven by new makes and models of EVs entering the New Zealand car market. Recent makes and models of EVs introduced into New Zealand include; Tesla model Y, BYD Atto 3, 2nd generation MG Z EV, Kia EV6, Polstar 2, 2nd generation Hyundai Kona, Hyundai IONIQ 5, LDV eT60 ute, Peugeot e-208 and e-2008. The top 3 selling new EVs over the last 12 months were the Tesla model Y, BYD Atto 3, Tesla Model 3, with the Nissan Leaf being the top selling used imported EV.
With the increased up take of EVs and the increasing size of EV batteries there an increasing demand for more charging stations and high capacity EV chargers to avoid charging congestion. The Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA) has continued to support the installation of EV charging infrastructure through its Low Emission Transport Fund (LETF). The LETF now has a broader scope to include trialling electrification technology in off road transport as New Zealand has a larger agricultural sector and marine transport.
Local EV promotion activities in the last 12 months in Northland have mainly focused on introducing people to the new models of EVs. This involves displaying EVs at local markets and other public events often in collaboration with local car dealers and supported by EV enthusiasts.
11 April 2023
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