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Are we ready
New Zealand is way behind most Western
nations in terms of its readiness to adopt
An EV-ready city looks something like this. You won’t find a scene quite like it in New Zealand.
New Zealand was ‘‘the most EV-
ready country’’, one wonders
what research prompted that
The fact that other countries
have had supportive attitudes,
subsidies and infrastructures in
place for a decade, and a lot longer
than that in parts of France,
seems to have escaped him.
We’re not that ready at all,
which means that VW’s method of
marketing its e-Golf, for instance,
wouldn’t work at all in New
What I like about the e-Golf is
that it looks, drives and feels like
a conventional car, one that has
been voted World, European, New
Zealand and North American Car
of the Year.
The EV version by dint of its
flexibility, cleanliness and
kindness to the environment
would have to be even better,
wouldn’t it? Of course, it’s not
available here, yet, as we really
are not ready for it, mentally or
First deliveries of the e-Golf to
Britain began in the second half of
2014 allowing private buyers to
get it for NZ$52,500 after the UK’s
NZ$10,1505 low-CO2 grant, or for
NZ$465 a month.
There are special lease plans
for business users. ‘‘Customers
are more likely to be fleets, as
with the rest of the Golf range, but
sales will probably be in the
hundreds rather than the
thousands,’’ VW says.
VW claims that the e-Golf is
arriving at just the right time,
with a steady increase in the
number of public fast-charge
points, something that’s barely
visible in New Zealand.
The e-Golf can be charged to
80 per cent of capacity in just 30
minutes from a fast charger, or to
full capacity in eight hours. With
a standard domestic plug, a full
charge takes 13 hours. The
batteries are covered by an eight-
year or 160,000km warranty,
which makes it easier on the
wallet than most combustion
VW has a link with British Gas
(a general energy company) to
provide a free home charger,
including installation, and also
has a deal with Ecotricity to offer
its EV customers low-cost carbon-
free electricity at home.
However, with Nissan Leaf’s
diverted from overseas costing
less than $40,000 and my own 2014
Car of the Year, the BMW i3 also
available – offering equivalent
cabin space and performance for
about the same price as the
3-series, there are E-cars that we
can opt for and that do appear to
fulfil the EV dream.
In addition, the Electricity
Networks Association (ENA) has
announced a nationwide
initiative to install electric
charging stations across New
But that’s it. We haven’t an
economy that can afford the
$10,000 to $15,000 subsidies for
EVs and plug-in hybrids to be
found elsewhere in the world.
Surely a road tax or road-user
system based on a vehicle’s
economy, weight and/or emission
levels could be set up, so that
people get in to the mindset of
seeing small, clean cars and EVs
While we have to disagree with
the transport minister about New
Zealand’s EV readiness, it looks
like things are starting to look up
and perhaps might allow us to
catch up with the really ready
electric car nations who have a
massive head-start on us.
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