I am confident that vehicles such as the soon to be released in NZ Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will hasten the mainstream acceptance of 'battery' powered cars. Agree or disagree?
$35000 for a volt in the us should make it $41000 her, not $85000.More incentive such as a $5000 minimum trade in on a lease to buy deal would be a good start.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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
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.
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 »
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.
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.