The Government is to assist with co-funding of 19 projects linked to electric vehicles (EVs).
Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods announced the move at Porirua Motors, one of 19 automotive workshops around NZ now offering customers use of an electric courtesy car.
The new funding of $3.87 million is part of the fourth round of the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).
“Part of the focus on this round is to demonstrate light and heavy electric vehicles in sectors of the economy where the technology is relatively unproven.
“Projects to get the go-ahead include a lines maintenance electric truck with an elevating platform; NZ’s first all-electric water truck; five supermarket distribution electric trucks; and electric vans with purposes including parks maintenance, rural postal delivery and food rescue.”
“The round also continues to build New Zealand’s EV public charging network. Twenty-two more public fast chargers will be installed to build drivers’ confidence in the accessibility of SH1 between Christchurch and Blenheim; the Southern Scenic tourist route; and the Kapiti and Horowhenua coasts.
Three new fast chargers at central North Island locations will accept standard payment cards.
“Through this fund, a total of $13.97 M in Government funding is being matched by over $23 M third party funding - 24 projects from previous rounds have put results on the road so far.”
Dr Woods said the target was to double the number of EVs every year to reach 64,000 by the end of 2021.