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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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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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Government Involvment in EV Infrastructure

I think Government could get involved in EV charging infrastructure by setting up charge points based on J1772 standard to make charge points available in all major city shopping centres and public or council buildings. Agree or Disagree?

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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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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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EV Innovation in New Zealand

Behind geothermal, EV innovation represents the best opportunity for NZ to contribute to and benefit from the global cleantech opportunity. Agree or not?

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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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Kiwi opportunity to lead the world

With some innovative thinking and doing, NZ can not only lead the world in electrifying its transport fleet, it can also play a role in supplying niche products and expertise to the global electric transportation sector, helping create a cleaner, healthier future for all.

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Conversion Process

We need to get real information on how much weight different models of cars can take, the process at present is flawed to say the least, the Japanese in some cases take the curb weight and add 55 kg per person, we take this value and subtract 80 kg per person, I'll leave you to figure out what this means to convertors

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NZ Needs a new Energy Policy

Imagine a forward looking energy policy which sets the stage for a new energy lifestyle - one which goes beyond the framework of individual technologies and takes a holistic view of the opportunities presented by electric vehicles, solar power, batteries & fuel cells. Click agree if you would support such an initiative.

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