Electric courtesy cars for 24 workshops
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Courtesy EVs give people a convenient way to see what the electric cars are like to drive and to practice charging up at home – a first step to buying one in the future.
This was part of a two-part project led by EVincible, providers of EV consulting and project management services. It was initially rolled out through the YES group of automotive workshops, chosen because they have a high level of expertise in automotive electronic diagnostics.
All 24 of the participating workshops purchased Japanese-imported Nissan Leafs with an average price of $14,000 (including GST). Their customers then have the option of an EV courtesy car to borrow when leaving their own car for repairs. This enables customers to try and EV in their local environment and see if an EV would work for them.
The first EV courtesy car was delivered to a workshop in February 2018.
A survey of the first 50 EV courtesy car users showed for 90%, it was their first EV experience. Fifty-eight percent of them said they were more likely to consider buying an EV in the future.
For the workshops, having an EV means mechanics gain familiarity with the technology and have a vehicle to develop their skills on. It also signals to current and potential customers that the workshop understands EVs and can provide maintenance services, overcoming a common concern for people thinking about buying an EV.
Participating workshops are spread across New Zealand in major urban centres such as Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Taupo, New Plymouth, Christchurch and Dunedin, and smaller centres such as Morrinsville, Waihi, Levin, Waikanae, Porirua, Ashburton, Fairlie and Alexandra.
The total two-part project was approved for $263,450 of co-funding in round three of the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund.
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