Whilst traditional cycling and walking remain the most carbon friendly means of transport, over 30 million Electric Bikes were sold Worldwide in 2012. Estimates are that will rise to over 47 million in 2018 with China expected to remain the most important market. In New Zealand, annual sales are well in excess of 2,000 and the latest additions to our growing fleet of electric bikes include specialised farm (UBCO) and mountain bikes, designed here in New Zealand. NZ Post are significantly #leadingthecharge in the use of electric bikes and micro EVs.
“Keen on EVs: Kiwi perspectives on electric vehicles, and opportunities to stimulate uptake” which was Published by the Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago in 2015 states that “The increase in electric bikes, which is already occurring, may also have a stimulating effect as people get used to electrified personal transport”.
The Better NZ Trust are working with Electric Bike retailers and advocates to help promote the use of Electric Bikes, especially in key areas like Auckland where increasing use could have a significant impact on traffic congestion.
“What if I want to drive from Auckland to Wellington?”
One of the biggest deterrents for people considering purchasing zero emission Electric Vehicles is something called range anxiety.
This was clear in recent research (2015) by the Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago in their report “Keen on EVs: Kiwi perspectives on electric vehicles, and opportunities to stimulate uptake”. This stated that a main barrier to uptake (of EVs) was that people were concerned about range. Interviewees were worried that “EVs would not have enough range to meet their mobility needs. Due to lack of charging points, long trips were considered not viable with a purely electrically powered vehicle. Even if there were more charging points, the time taken to charge the vehicle was also a concern”.
Charge Net NZ, a supporter of The Better NZ Trust, are #LeadingTheCharge and want to encourage charging infrastructure so that EV owners anywhere in New Zealand will never have to worry about range anxiety again.
Fast DC Chargers let any EV owner quickly fill their “tank”, typically in 10-25 minutes. Free from the constraints imposed by the hazardous nature of traditional fossil-based transport fuels, EV charging stations can be placed in much more convenient locations like shopping malls and supermarkets where you would typically park for at least 20-30 minutes anyway.
How does Fast Charging work?
Electric Vehicles have a charger built in that converts the AC power from the grid into DC power for the car’s battery. Due to size and weight constraints this onboard charger is limited in power and so typically takes 6 hours to fully charge a car.
A Fast DC Charger is a much larger version of the onboard charger, and converts high power 3-phase AC into very powerful DC current. This dramatically reduces the charge time, usually to less than 25 minutes.
We would like to hear from you if you would like to see charging infrastructure in your community. Charge Net NZ are installing Fast DC charging stations to supplement charging infrastructure around the country, so EVERY EV owner can realistically travel from Cape Reinga to Bluff.
“We Want People to Get the EV Grin!”
“EV Grin” is something that happens to Electric Vehicle (EV) drivers. The power, performance, responsiveness and silence of the EV experience is something new and exciting that The Better NZ Trust wants to share with as many people as possible.
The more people we get to arrange test rides and drives in the growing fleet of New Zealand Electric Vehicles, the better.
Our annual #LeadingTheCharge Road Trip is a major part of our programme to educate New Zealanders in the health, environmental and financial benefits of owning an electric vehicle as well as showing that owning an EV can put a smile on your face every day.
If you are interested in experiencing your own EV grin, we are happy to assist you in arranging a test drive or ride in an EV in your community.
“There are other areas where NZ has the ability to take action. One is in improving people’s knowledge about EVs, their environmental benefits, and their whole-of-life costs compared to petrol or diesel cars. Another is the potential to convert conventional cars to EVs through retrofitting, which is already happening in a small way. Increasing people’s familiarity with EVs will also help, such as seeing them on the road, and enabling people to go for a drive in one so they know what it feels like” University of Otago Centre for Sustainability report.
The Better NZ Trust is taking that action.
“We’ll Give You the Facts, and Let You Decide”
The Better NZ Trust works at many levels to educate New Zealanders in what can be done at an individual and corporate level to adopt zero carbon renewable energy technology.
Our current programme is incredibly varied – ranging from visits to schools and arranging local events such as painting competitions to working closely with University researchers and relevant Government departments.
The Annual Road Trip is a massive undertaking for the Trust bringing EVs to many major locations in New Zealand and enables us to raise funds to support our work.
If you would like us to arrange a visit to your school, please use the contact us form.