Road transport is changing at the fastest rate since the car took over from the horse and cart.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are at the forefront of change around the world and in New Zealand. More than a quarter of New Zealanders say they would now consider buying a battery EV. The below guide answers the questions people commonly ask about this exciting technology. It is produced by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) as part of the Government’s information campaign to accelerate the uptake of EVs in New Zealand.
What are the factors that lead me to say this with such confidence?
1) China says so!
2) Battery costs are falling
3) Battery capacity is increasing
4) Electric car batteries have a very long life
5) Electric vehicles are more reliable
6) Cheaper to fuel
7) Resale value of ICE vehicles
When electric vehicles start to become more common, drivers of internal combustion engine vehicles will be thought of the way smokers are regarded today. And, as fewer petrol (gas) stations will be needed, so they will either need to close down, or convert to electric fuelling stations. As they are shuttered, people with internal combustion engine vehicles will have to travel further and further to find a place to fill up. This inevitable vicious circle means it really is game over for the internal combustion engine.