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The future is here now
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Here’s a car that is
literally leading the
Maetzig spends a
morning driving the
Filling up with power at the EV charging station at Auckland’s Sylvia Park retail centre.
ou just know the
motoring future is
here when you find
yourself part of this
scenario: You are
enjoying a coffee
outside a cafe in a suburban
shopping centre, while across the
way your electric car is parked at
an EV charging station where it is
topping up its supply of battery
That happened the other day at
Sylvia Park in Auckland, which
late last year became the first
retail shopping centre in the
country to instal EV (electric
vehicle) chargers. And it’s all free
too – so we simply turned up in
our electric car, plugged it in at
the charging station, then
wandered over to the cafe for a
leisurely coffee and a bite to eat.
Now while the presence of an
EV charging station may be a
relatively unusual sight, everyone
needs to get used to it. Experts
claim that over the next few years
thousands of New Zealand
motorists will be turning their
backs on vehicles that run on
fossil fuels and running electric
cars instead. The Energy
Efficiency and Conservation
Authority estimates that we could
have 15,000 electric vehicles on
our roads within five years, and
that by 2040 about 40 per cent of
our cars could be electric
While most of the electricity
stored in each vehicle’s battery
pack will come from them being
charged overnight while parked
in the family or business garage,
there will be a need for a lot more
public and private charging
stations throughout the country.
Shopping centres, hotels, airports,
local authority sites and maybe
even service stations are all
locations that are certain to
feature fast-charge EV stations in
It’s all rather exciting. And
adding to the excitement is the
fact that there are already some
pure electric cars on sale in the
country. Cars such as the Nissan
Leaf, which was launched
internationally in 2010 and which
is now the best-selling electric
vehicle with more than 165,000
sold. And cars such as the model
we parked at Sylvia Park – the
BMW i3, a very futuristic-looking
hatchback that so far has been
sold to 20 customers, 80 per cent of
them resident in Auckland.
That Auckland popularity is
an important piece of information
for a couple of good reasons. One
is that at this stage there’s only
one BMW i-car dealership and it
is in the city of sails. The second is
that the i3 is very much a city car
even when fitted with a two-
cylinder 647cc petrol generator
that acts as a range extender, the
vehicle’s maximum range is 340
kilometres in its most efficient
drive mode and with the driver
treating the accelerator pedal as
gently as if it were a raw egg, and
that means this car would not
make it on a single drive from say
New Plymouth to Auckland or
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