Electric vehicles (EVs) including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, are one of New Zealand’s biggest opportunities for reducing CO2 emissions.
85% of New Zealand’s electricity is generated from renewable sources, and this percentage can be increased even as demand for EV charging increases.
The pricing and capability of electric cars has advanced quickly in a short period of time and they are now practical for many Wellingtonians.
Greater Wellington’s support for EVs is part of its wider Climate Change Emergency response. More information this programme can be found here.
Electric bus fleet
Greater Wellington has an ambition for Wellington to be the first city in New Zealand with an all-electric bus fleet. Find out more about that work here.
We have adopted an electric-first policy for our vehicle fleet – this means EVs are the first preference for any new vehicle purchases, unless it can be demonstrated that they are not suitable. We have issued a 30 page paper and the wording of our policy, together with an action sheet with ideas for fleet managers.
Regional Electric Vehicle Working Group
We convene the Wellington Regional Electric Vehicle Working Group (REV-WG). It meets quarterly and is open to sector stakeholders and interested parties from throughout NZ. The situation with EV uptake and charging infrastructure in the region and within each district is summarised by REV-WG in six monthly co-ordination updates.
If you would like to get involved and attend REV-WG sessions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting EVs in the Wellington Region – advisory report
Together with other Wellington Region councils and electricity network companies, we commissioned an advisory report on how these agencies can best support EV uptake. This report was completed in 2019, and its content and recommend strategy so far has been formally endorsed by Greater Wellington and Masterton District Councils. The Council will build the suggested measures in the report into its plans as applicable and appropriate.
2016 Electric Vehicle Symposium
In June 2016, Greater Wellington and the Wellington City Council co-hosted an Electric Vehicle Symposium that brought international experts from Canada, California, the UK and Norway together with a wide range of New Zealand speakers to discuss accelerating electric vehicle uptake in New Zealand.
Click on the links below to view the videos of the speakers on our YouTube channel and for PDFs of the PowerPoint presentations.
GOVERNMENT’S FUTURE TRANSPORT VISION
THE FUTURE IS ELECTRIC
THE FUTURE IS ELECTRIC
REALISING AN ELECTRIFIED FUTURE - Meeting challenges and seizing opportunities
TRANSFORMATION OF NEW ZEALAND’S BUS FLEETS
DRIVING FOR CHANGE – Enabling transition at a local level
DRIVING THE TRANSITION: NZ INCENTIVES & INFRASTRUCTURE
SUMMARY & CLOSING
'Charging Up North' mini-documentary co-funded by Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and Northpower