Expensive members and supporters,
April started with some unbelievable milestones for the electrical automobile motion in New Zealand, and for our personal organisation. The Clear Automobile Low cost launched on April 1st; this new framework, together with drastic spikes in gasoline costs, has catalysed each a surge in public curiosity about EVs. March noticed an all-time file for EV gross sales in New Zealand with a whopping 2,953 plug-in automobiles bought! We’re wanting ahead to watching the April EV gross sales numbers are available in after a full month of consumers profiting from the brand new rebate system.
As an organisation, Drive Electrical has seen elevated engagement from companies and customers. We’re excited to proceed enhancing our new web site as a helpful supply of knowledge New Zealanders as they discover higher transport decisions. The web site launched on thirty first March by way of a webinar with keynote audio system Hon. Michael Wooden, Minister of Transport, and Andrew Casseley, CEO of EECA. Stuff NZ coated the launch; take a look at the article right here.
We have now additionally been busy on the coverage entrance. Drive Electrical has made a submission on the dialogue doc Te Huringa Taraiwa: Te arotake I te pūnaha utu kaiwhakamahi rori | Driving Change: Reviewing the Street Consumer Prices System. The doc covers doable adjustments meant to enhance the Street Consumer Prices (RUC) system and assist the uptake of low carbon automobiles. You possibly can learn the submission, the place we element suggestions and additional concerns for RUC coverage, right here. Our workforce is now getting ready a submission on Auckland’s draft Parking Technique, in session with our board, coverage working teams and key Drive Electrical members.
Whereas the electrical transport motion in New Zealand has seen glorious progress lately, we are going to proceed to work laborious to take care of momentum. Our nation requires a renewed concentrate on charging infrastructure, correct details about EVs and a transport mindset shift that goes far past new automobiles and incentivises biking, public transport and electrified business automobiles. We’re proud to have a rising membership base, a renewed digital presence and an thrilling yr forward.
The longer term is electrical!