With the threat of ever increasing petrol prices and a petrol tax in Auckland to fund infrastructure, getting an EV is becoming a more attractive proposition. You can pick up a 2011 Nissan Leaf for around $11k on TradeMe and with more manufacturers like Hyundai and BMW committing to fully electric models, your options are endless (almost).

ChargeNet is working on rolling out nationwide infrastructure to make it easier to drive from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Recently, JUCY Rentals NZ promoted their prototype electric campervan. It was reported that the EV-campervan cost just $7 - $10 for a charge of approximately 100kms.

The Government has committed to a zero-carbon future by 2050, which will involve reducing transport emissions quite heavily – hence the focus on developing NZ’s EV fleet and making it easy to own and get around in an EV. Local Government authorities are also working on their communities implementing the future infrastructure that will be needed in carparks, buildings etc.

The performance of EVs has significantly improved since they first launched too. In today’s market you can get EVs that have fast acceleration and a higher torque output than your typical petrol or diesel car. Some EVs accelerate 0-100kp/h in just 2.7 seconds and the high torque output from the electric motor usually eliminates the need of a transmission or clutch, offering continuous smooth power.

Another positive is the running costs of EVs are low. According to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) an EV costs the equivalent of 30 cents per litre to run, which is seven times cheaper than petrol. Their online tool also shows that although you might pay more upfront for an EV than a regular petrol or diesel car, after just a few years of owning that EV you could have paid off any price premium and start to save money by reduced running and maintenance costs.

If you want to learn more about EVs or have a go at driving one, head to the free EVworld NZ public expo at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland on Saturday 11 August. There will be a range of EVs to drive/take a ride in, free seminars about the latest in the world of EVs, and more than 100 exhibitions which cover everything EV. To pre-register and go into win the use of a Hyundai Kona Electric for a month, or win your very own Rev Bikes Maverick e-bike - go to evworld.nz.

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