(external link) On 5 May 2016, the Government announced its electric vehicle uptake package, a cross-government programme of work that aims to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand to reach 64,000 vehicles by 2021.
As part of this programme, the NZ Transport Agency’s initial focus is enabling public charging infrastructure for electric vehicle through the development of guidance, to ensure safe, consistent access to, and usability of, the network, and supporting electric vehicle driver incentives.
We are working closely with local and central government agencies, power companies, technology providers and the motor industry, to produce public charging infrastructure guidance and information.
The Transport Agency administers land alongside state highways that may be suitable for public charging infrastructure. If you’re interested in using land for this purpose, please email us.
An electric vehicle has a different engine to a petrol or diesel fuelled vehicle – it is an electrical motor that is fuelled by a battery which is charged by plugging it into an electric power point (a bit like charging your cellphone battery).