(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.
As part of this programme, the NZ Transport Agency has focused on enabling and supporting public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles by:
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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.
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.
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.
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 powered by a battery which is charged by plugging it into an external source of electricity.