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15 EV projects in New Zealand receive funding and next funding round opens

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Staff Writer | August 14, 2017
Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins announced funding for 15 projects in New Zealand to increase charging facilities for electric vehicles and switch more trucks, buses and vans to electric power.
Judith Collins
Green vehicles   Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins
The projects are the latest to be funded under the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

Collins announced projects that were conditionally approved under the second round of the fund to receive $3 million.

She also announced the opening of the next funding round with a further $3 million available.

“The projects we announced today show there’s an electric vehicle for almost every job, be it rental cars, waste trucks or courier vans. These options make more sense because of how cheap electric vehicles are to run and maintain and how easy they are to charge,” Ms Collins said.

“We are investing nearly $1 million in charging infrastructure with projects on key tourism routes including Christchurch to Picton, Dunedin to Queenstown, and Queenstown to Invercargill.

“Also in the mix are exciting developments such as installing street charging for Wellington residents who don’t have a driveway or garage, and chargers that give buses a boost as they stop for passengers.

“The fund projects will add further momentum in New Zealand where more and more people and businesses are making the switch to electric vehicles.”

The fund is one of 14 initiatives in the Government’s Electric Vehicles Programme, which has a target of doubling the numbers of electric vehicles every year to reach 64,000 by the end of 2021.