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Planning for electric vehicles

Electric vehicles logo (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 the end of 2021, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

Find out more about the cross-agency programme of work on the MoT website (external link) .

As part of this programme, the NZ Transport Agency has focused on enabling and supporting public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles by:

  • leading the development of nationwide guidance, to ensure safe, consistent access to, and usability of, the network
  • defining a vision for a nationwide public charging infrastructure network and identifying sites on state highways that could be suitable for charging infrastructure.

For further information please contact evprogramme@nzta.govt.nz 

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National guidance for public electric vehicle charging infrastructure

We have worked closely with local and central government agencies, power companies, technology providers and the motor industry, to produce public charging infrastructure guidance and information.

Read more about the national guidance

We are currently working on a symbol for electric vehicle only parking; until this is gazetted it is recommended that road controlling authorities do not put in place electric vehicle only car parks to ensure national signage and road marking consistency. 

Vision – nationwide public charging infrastructure network

The Transport Agency believes it is important that electric vehicle drivers feel confident to roam across New Zealand’s state highways. In April 2017, we set a vision for nationwide coverage of charging stations. 

Read more about the nationwide public charging infrastructure network

Tools for investors

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.

View other sets of transport data

About electric vehicles

An electric vehicle has a different engine to a petrol or diesel fuelled vehicle – it is an electrical motor that is powered by a battery which is charged by plugging it into an external source of electricity.

More information about electric vehicle types

Find out more about electric vehicles, including electric vehicles at home, electric vehicles in your business, charging, range and cost (external link)

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