The website Autocar says New Zealand has joined an international forum of the world’s top electric markets to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles locally.
It reported yesterday that membership of the Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI) will link NZ into international best practice around EVs, including policy, research and information sharing.
Chief executive of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), Andrew Casely said: “Being part of this initiative puts New Zealand alongside the top electric vehicle markets in the world, demonstrating to industry our readiness to adopt new electric vehicle technologies.
“Transitioning our fossil-fuelled transport fleet to run on clean, renewable electricity is one of the most effective ways for NZ to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet our climate change commitments,” Caseley said.
The website said the EVI has a collective target of at least 30% of new vehicle sales by 2030. EV registrations in NZ have recently passed the 8,000 mark. Other EVI members include Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the UK, the US and the European Union.
It is part of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a forum of the world’s largest and most forward-leaning countries working together to accelerate the global transition to clean energy.
EECA supports the Government’s Electric Vehicles Programme through an information campaign and a Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund.