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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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