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Government's role in accelerating EV uptake

Without the NZ government stepping up to bat with far more substantial incentives than the exemption from Road User Charges, EV uptake in NZ will continue at a snail's pace. Meanwhile, we will continue to spend billions of dollars importing fossil fuels, when vehicles could have been fueled with surplus overnight electricity, most of which comes from renewable sources. Agree or disagree?

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Building Electric car recharge network in Christchurch

As part of Christchurch rebuilding how about government engage with private companies to build the first city in NZ to get electric car recharge network? Unless there is plan for recharge network how people will be willing to buy Electric car? This in many ways help the city to get back on heel. This could be very similar to the one the Ausies has done at Perth (http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/201209034974/research/perth-gets-australias-first-electric-car-recharge-network) ...more »

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Getting the cost of EVs down

Right now the cost of new electric vehicles in NZ is too high. Seems to me the best options for lowering the price are: 1. Do as Renault have done in Europe and unbundle the battery from the capital cost of the vehicle, with the motorist paying a monthly lease cost for the battery. This would shave somewhere around $15K off the capital cost. 2. A council that wants to own the "EV leadership" space in NZ offering a subsidy ...more »

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Electric Transport is Only Part of the Big Picture

NZ should seek to establish any economic advantage it can achieve by fully developing its significant renewable resources (hydro, wind, solar and marine energy) both to supply the local energy market and to expand the export energy market. Expansion of the export market could be achieved by enabling the processing of NZ primary products (wood, agriculture, fisheries, iron sands, freezing capability, etc), adding value ...more »

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Solar Energy Usage is Becoming more Efficient

With the advent of batteries that have longevity , safety and reliability (BYD sourced Li Fe Sulphate type ) we now have the means to STORE SOLAR ENERGY ......and have domestic electricity storage facilities. The use of LED LIGHTING to light our homes, hospitals, office buildings and streets is absolutely a dream solution soon to become a practical and ECONOMIC REALITY. ...more »

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Formula E city race to NZ

Formula E is a new electric car racing series starting in 2014 with pure electric cars. All courses are city courses with first races being held in prominent cities like Rio de Janeiro and Rome. If we could bring a race to any of our cities, that could increase customer awareness of EVs and could be beneficial to NZ economy as a whole. Currently Auckland is supporting V8 supercars with substantial amount of money. ...more »

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Deploy chargers around Auckland regional parks/holiday spots

Most of Aucklanders go around on weekends to regional parks like Goat Island reserve etc... Currently EVs have limited range, thus reaching Goat Island, which is 75kms one way from City centre, is almost impossible. Placing chargers there could increase usefulness of current EVs substanially, decreasing range anxiety, while results being increased EV uptake. I understand that not all parks have suitable electric ...more »

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Creating a 2nd hand market for EVs in NZ

The quickest way for mass EV adoption in NZ is to create a second hand market. Unfortunately, we can't source these EVs domestically.The number shows as of Nov 2012, there are only 60 EVs registered in NZ. The average NZers can't afford a $69K Leaf price tag. However, I believe from $25K to $45K, will attract more uptake. I've done some research and found that this is possible. I will post an update once I have my first ...more »

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Government subsidy to purchase EVs

New Zealand government should provide subsidies to New Zealanders to purchase Hybrid & Pure Electric Vehicles. While a lot of countries' governments provide substantial subsidies to encourage people to purchase EVs, NZ should also allow pure EV owners to drive on the bus lanes and transit lanes irrespective of single driver or with passengers in the car.

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COUNTRY recharging service stations the priority

Recharging points in the city is of little importance. We shouldn't be commuting long distances in cars, we should be using public transport for this. Widespread car commuting is always going to a disaster for our cities purely on the amount of area cars take up. All the great cities of the world are great because they are not car dominated; they aren't full of motorways, carparks and cars. For those who insist on driving ...more »

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Alternative methods for funding EVs

The industry keeps asking for grants for develping an industry in New Zealand. But there are other options. What about a low interest loans which can be partly or wholly repaid from operational savings afforded by the vehicle.

Also the vehicle companies have to come to the party, as currently their offers are considerably more expensive than in other countries.

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NZ EV Production Model

I think a standardized EV model, based on a 750kg platform featuring a basic design car with standard options can be organically grown here in New Zealand and sold worldwide for $25,000 or less. The car would have a 100km range and a top speed of 100kmph. We have the technology and expertise to make it happen right now. Agree or disagree?

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Cars run on water

I have a mechanical and electrical engineer friend who has created a car running on hydrogen fuel created by zinc platter and water. The only thing is that he is reluctant to make it public although I have seen what he has done. If this gadget were to put into all our cars it will be incredible. Zero pollution and no revenue for the Government. Any fuel running on petrol will be redundant and the end of oil exploration ...more »

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recharging electric cars

I am not an engineer or an electronic specialist but I wonder why we cannot use the air pressure in front of the car through a duct in the bonnet to drive an alternator to produce electricity to re charge the battery while we drive. This would need to know the ammount of energy used to decide the capacity of the alternator and it's production of energy. A rotating drum with helical vanes inside a tube with the shaft ...more »

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