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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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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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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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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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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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