Emissions Reduction Plan supports widespread adoption
Monday 16 May, AUCKLAND:
The Emissions Reduction Plan released today confirms the
future of mobility in New Zealand will be
Drive Electric Chair Mark Gilbert
says, “If you watch the global automotive market – we’ve
been seeing for some time that EV technology will replace
petrol and diesel cars. This may happen faster than you
“Drive Electric welcomes the
Emissions Reduction Plan released today by the Government.
However, the time for talking is now well over. It’s time
to get on with executing the plan and removing emissions
“As such, we would love to see
broad support across parliament for the transport provisions
in this plan to create certainty for business and
“Most of the manufacturers have
made some form of commitment to going completely electric as
have many countries, including the UK. Today signals that
New Zealand wants to be part of that transition, and avoid
becoming a dumping ground for dirty second-hand vehicles
from other markets.
“This makes so much sense for a
country with our access to renewable energy. EVs will drive
down the costs of owning a vehicle and give New Zealand more
energy independence. The world around us today shows how
important that will be.
“We are pleased to see other
key initiatives that we have been advocating for are
included in the plan:
- The completion of a
national charging infrastructure strategy
- A vehicle
- A social leasing
- And the investigation of extending the
Clean Car Discount to other vehicle types.
- In New Zealand right now there are
more than 70 models of new EVs available.
registrations are up 38% from last year (March 2021 to March
- In April, 39% of all vehicles sold were an
EV, PHEV or a hybrid. (MIA, May
- Globally, more than $400 billion has
been invested in the EV sector in the last decade.
(McKinsey, April 2022).