Steve and I happened across the EV community here in NZ nearly a decade ago now.
Back in the beginning, it was impossible to purchase an Electric Vehicle, so conversions were the order of the day. His original conversion sits on the shop floor at the ChargeNet/solPR headquarters in Rosedale on Auckland’s North Shore.
We have made lifelong friends who have been tinkering with conversions since the early days. The most notable probably being Allan and Ann Miller (Allan has been driving an MX5 conversion for several years now) Tom and Tab, and Nick Smith. We work and play together and rarely a week goes by that we don’t speak to each other, all thanks to running into them at some point, somewhere while we went about busying ourselves with EV geek behaviours. There are too many other people who we see in work and social circles that we might not have met without our combined passion for all things Electric and sustainable.
Things have changed so much and so quickly.
We are officially a full EV family with a Tesla Roadster, Tesla P85+ S and a Nissan Leaf in our garage. There is a Lexus 450H on the asset register for my PR firm solPR, but day to day we drive and thrive in all Electric Vehicles.
I have to take a moment and say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has been so kind to us, and all the friends we have made on our road trip, and just through the work we are doing to try and encourage the uptake of this far superior commuter technology here in New Zealand.
The EV community here in New Zealand is warm, kind, intelligent, enthusiastic and welcoming. We have made, and continue to make friends from all corners of Aotearoa. We’re a diverse and colourful bunch, brought together through the solidarity of wanting a better future and knowing that there is a cleaner, smarter, and far more fun way for Kiwi’s to get from point A to B.
Thanks for taking the time to tune into what we’re doing, and please get in touch with me, or anyone in of us if you want to know more about what’s going on with team #LeadingTheCharge.