More than 6,000 EVs now on New Zealand roads

21 December 2017

More than 6,000 EVs now on New Zealand roads

By Aaron Price

Category: Motoring News
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New Zealand’s EV community got an early Christmas present with the fleet hitting 6,000 registrations.
This time last year there were 2,547 EVs registered and numbers have increased 136% in the year. This year’s 3,485 total registrations were made up of 2,154 used electric (62% of 2017 registrations) followed by 649 new electric (19%).

Momentum is certainly picking up and we are part of an international trend. As Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported last week: “It took two decades to sell the first million EVs. The second million hit the road within 18 months.”

In New Zealand, Auckland continues to lead the charge regionally. They own 50% of the light EV fleet, a total of 2,864 vehicles, considerably above their share of the nation’s population (34%)
On a per capita basis, Auckland is clearly ahead of the Canterbury region fleet (696) and Wellington (679).The numbers registered in Auckland has increased 117% since December 2016 when the fleet size was 1,319.

By type, 1,123 or 39.2% of Auckland's fleet are used light pure electrics, ahead of new light pure electric (955 or 33.3%). Pure electrics were more popular than light plug-in hybrids, which accounted for 27.4% of the fleet.

The size of the region’s light EV fleet has more than doubled annually since 2013, when there were just 63.


19 January 2018 | By Aaron

@cayman - Great to hear you love your Nissan Leaf. Hopefully the rest of NZ will follow suit!

18 January 2018 | By cayman

I bought a 2015 Nissan Leaf, odo 24000, in March 2017 for $19000. I use the vehicle around Christchurch and havn't been been further than Rangiora as not enough charging stations yet. It took awhile to understand how the EV works but now I have no problems. Charging is, 4-5 hours from 45% to 100% and up to 180 kms reach. The kms on the vehicle does not correspond to kms on the odometer. Kms on the vehicle works with the % from the battery. My EV had and still has 12 bars of battery. Do not buy any less than 12 bars. For more info keep reading blogg.

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