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The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) works to improve the fuel efficiency of New Zealand’s vehicle fleet and reduce carbon emissions from transport. Electric vehicles tick both boxes – making use of New Zealand’s abundant renewable electricity generation, reducing our reliance on imported fossil fuels and reducing carbon emissions in use in New Zealand by 80%.

EECA is delighted to support the Better NZ Trust on their #LeadingTheCharge journey to inspire New Zealanders to take up electric vehicles



Charge Net NZ are building a nationwide network of Fast DC Chargers that 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.


Supplying our office electricity is NZ energy retailer, Ecotricity.  

Ecotricity's mission is to provide Kiwis and Kiwi businesses with 100% Pure Renewable power, and to electrify New Zealand's vehicle fleet.

They source their electricity from sustainable and renewable means. Currently the electricity supplied by Ecotricity is sourced from carboNZero Certified hydro generation.

Ecotricity has also contracted the supply of new wind generation which is in the process of also being carboNZero Certified to help the development of further renewable generation projects.

Click here to learn more about Ecotricity


Sudima Hotels & Resorts is a proud supporter of electric cars and offers guests charging stations at their Sudima Christchurch Airport hotel.

Sudima take their environmental and social responsibilities very seriously. They continually strive to ensure their hotel procedures are friendly to the environment and to the welfare of the team. Local communities are also important, and they support their sustainability initiatives whenever possible.



Volt Vehicles are a car importer operating in Auckland, New Zealand, specialising in pre-owned Electric Vehicles (EV) from Japan.

They have chosen to stock the Nissan Leaf  and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV because they believe these to be the best value EVs due to their quality of finish and features in the cars.

However they are in a position to import any car to order from Japan. Simply let them know your preference and they can supply current pricing, specifications, and delivery times for any vehicle.  

The solution, not the problem.

Click here to learn more about Volt Vehicles


Powerco strives to deliver reliable energy to your door. They keep the lights on and gas flowing to more than 430,000 homes, businesses and organisations across the North Island.

Powerco energy brings warmth, comfort and security.  They do this safely and efficiently and when supply is interrupted respond quickly so you can get on with your lives. 

Powerco are proud of their small town origins and local history. You will see them getting behind community groups and events – it’s important to them to support worthy causes and organisations.

At Powerco, they are preparing for the future to provide a trusted service that evolves with changing technology.


Recently Air New Zealand announced that they are moving their 70 car fleet over to electric vehicles and have signed contracts with BMW, Mitsubishi and Renault. They hope that this will give a boost to both supply and demand of EVs in NZ.

Air New Zealand’s focus is on doing what they can within their business to achieve better sustainability. They have flown Chelsea Sexton to New Zealand and are on the same journey as The Better NZ Trust to help promote sustainability in NZ.

Thank you.


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Swedish company Charge Amps was founded to make a change. To make fossil fuel dependency a part of history sooner rather than later. To challenge the status quo both within the traditional car industry and the green tech development. 

They create smarter charging solutions with the end consumers best interests at heart. They want EV charging to be simpler, cleaner and a whole lot more convenient than stoping at the gas station.

Charge Amps choose to work together with the car industry to turn the EV market into the default choice of car owning, instead of a niche for the most dedicated.

Click here to purchase products in New Zealand


Spark announced in February 2016 that it was piloting the use of Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers fitted to phone boxes near Auckland, a move the company has dubbed ‘Spark Plugs’.

Spark Plugs give electric vehicle drivers the ability to ‘top-up’ their car batteries at selected phone boxes, extending their car’s range and combating 'range anxiety'.  Spark Plugs will help make planning long distance trips easier, with more places to plug in and recharge along the way.

“We are proud to be playing a small part in the growing electric vehicle movement in New Zealand – every little bit makes a difference to our future. Electric vehicle drivers justifiably feel good about doing their bit for the environment, and we want to help that feeling last a little longer." Rod Snodgrass (Spark Ventures CEO)

Find your local charging station here

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Taking action for the environment means looking ahead.

Launching in New Zealand during the #Leadingthecharge road trip, the Renault ZOE, and also the KANGOO, heralds the start of a new era for Renault in New Zealand, one in which electric mobility becomes available to everybody.  Throughout its 118 years of history, the brand has shown its ability to innovate ad to bring technology within everybody's reach.  it combines all Renault's electrical expertise in a compact and attractive design.


Orion is committed to environmental sustainability in their operations. They have developed and implemented an environmental sustainability policy which includes the use of electric vehicles and have a fully electric car, a Nissan Leaf, in their fleet.

Orion believes that the demand for electric vehicles will increase. They are planning for a future where electric vehicles are more common and working through various scenarios and their potential impact on their network.

As well as supporting The Better NZ Trust they are a key sponsor of Evelocity which is focused on promoting the environmental and economic advantages of electric transport in New Zealand.


Interislander travels the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand and is one of the most spectacular journeys in the world. The 92 km journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand’s most iconic tourist experiences and while providing their passengers with a comfortable, safe and enjoyable trip they take responsibility to reduce the environmental impacts between the two islands and contribute positivity to the community.

“Supporting the #LeadingtheCharge Road Trip on behalf of The Better NZ Trust is something we are very proud of” Julie Wiezoreck Senior Communications Advisor, KiwiRail


Ampfibian Pty Ltd is an Australian company headquartered in northern NSW. Based on the insight that safety and convenience go hand-in-hand, it designs and manufactures personal power adapters. The company is committed to improving electrical safety for people and businesses.

Ampfibian have developed and sold the first legal 15A to 10A adapter (the RV-02) for use with caravans, recreational vehicles (RVs) and motorhomes. The Ampfibian product range has since expanded to include domestic, trade, and industrial adapters.

Click here to purchase products in New Zealand


Northpower has grown to become one of the largest multi-utility contractors in New Zealand, with a reputation for excellence and innovation, operating throughout the North Island of New Zealand and in Perth Australia.

As a locally owned company, Northpower believes it is important to support Northland businesses. Northpower actively participates in community events and runs a community education programme. Main sponsorships include the Northland Electricity Rescue Helicopter, the Northpower Native Bird Recovery Centre and the Enterprise 4 Education programmes.


Born electric: with the BMW i mobility concept, everyday travel can be 100 % electric and a pleasure before, during and after each journey. Because BMW i thinks beyond the vehicle – and leaves nothing to be desired with its innovative mobility services.

BMW i is a comprehensive and ground-breaking concept for sustainable mobility. It represents visionary electric vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability. And it thrills with its innovative vehicles: the all-electric BMW i3, a locally emission-free car for city driving that is sustainably designed throughout, and the BMW i8 as the most progressive sports car.


PowerNet Limited manages electricity networks on behalf of its respective owners Electricity Invercargill Limited and The Power Company Limited who each hold a 50% shareholding in the company.

PowerNet is charged a fee for the use of those two networks and adds maintenance costs and overheads to this.  The total fees are on-charged to electricity retailers through what is known in the industry as wheeling fees or line charges.

Electricity Invercargill Limited (EIL) is owned by the ratepayers of the Invercargill City Council (ICC) and The Power Company Limited (TPC) is owned by the Southland Electric Power Supply Consumer Trust (SEPSCT)which represents consumers connected to their network.


solPR are a communications agency that harnesses the power of rigorous thinking and creativity. PR is about managing relationships and solPR are interested in communication that works. That’s it. It’s that simple.

They are absolutely passionate about asking the right questions to create simple yet sophisticated communications campaigns that they, and their clients,
are very proud of.


Thank you to Sign Craftsmen for providing the signwriting for the vehicles involved in the road trip.

Signcraftsmen have been designing and manufacturing quality signage for over 40 years and are proud to continually exceed the highest design standards. They work with all business types; from tradespeople through to large corporates, cafes and restaurants through to business franchises—they are experienced in working across all industries.

Click here to learn more about Sign Craftsmen


WEL Networks are a leading community owned New Zealand electricity network company with headquarters in Hamilton, Waikato.

They have a 100 year heritage serving Hamilton city, and the towns and farming community of the Waikato.  The company itself was formerly established in 1989 and has been a part of the Waikato's coming of age as a leading commercial, agricultural and educational hub.

We connect a vibrant and growing community of more than 160,000 people to reliable and cost-effective electricity services through around 85,000 installation Connection Points.


Mitsubishi vehicles have been an iconic Kiwi brand since the late 1960s.  The range was smaller back then and the motoring world was a simpler place – but that would change.

The flagship electric vehicle in their range is the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle.

Outlander Plug-in Hybrid brings you incredible technology, almost unbelievable efficiency and stunning new styling. It’s the first time plug-in hybrid technology and a full electric vehicle has come together. The result is a very stylish and eminently practical SUV. Many luxury features are also included, as is a real feeling of performance. Whichever way you look at it, it’s just better.