Over the past two years there has been a growing interest in the role that Electric Vehicles (EVs) may play in driving a sustainable transport system for NZ. Their potential to help achieve emissions reductions and greater energy security, along with improved productivity from cheaper running costs, mean that EVs have become central to any discussions about New Zealand’s transport futures.

EV sales, while still very low, are rising as purchase costs are decreasing, performance is improving, and model range is broadening. But it is not easy to predict how quickly they will be adopted into NZ’s light vehicle fleet. Our re