Electric vehicles score highly for satisfaction

Electric vehicle owners really love their cars – and they’re keen to spread the word during International Drive Electric Week (8-16 September).

Latest results from an ongoing survey show 77% of electric vehicle (EV) owners are extremely satisfied with their low emission cars, scoring them 9 or 10 out of 10.

The survey was carried out by Flip the Fleet, a citizen science collaboration of EV owners from across New Zealand. It has collected scores from up to 654 EV owners every month since September 2017.

The survey showed owners find their EVs fit-for-purpose, a pleasure to drive, and to have very low running and maintenance costs. Their environmental benefits are particularly satisfying for many owners.

EVs are finding a strong foothold in the New Zealand transport scene, with nearly 10,000 registered and excellent feedback from owners, says Jenny Lackey, Group Manager Strategy and Performance at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

New Zealand is outstanding on the world stage for the vast network of volunteer EV enthusiasts that are working hard to spread the word, she says.

“These amazing people give rides and drives in their own EVs at events up and down the country,” she says. “Overseas experience shows hands-on experience is a key step to people considering buying an EV, so their support is really helping to move New Zealand towards a low emissions transport system.”

EV events will be held during International Drive Electric Week at locations including Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Whangarei, Napier, Timaru and Cromwell. They include EV displays, rides and drives, and information sessions.

An attempt to break the world record for "Longest Parade of Electric Cars" will be held in Christchurch on Sunday 16 September. The current record of 402 cars was set in Denmark.

More on Flip the Fleet’s survey results - Flip the fleet website

International Drive Electric Week (IDEW) events calendar - Leading the charge website

Download EECA’s Buyer’s Guide to Electric Vehicles

Find out more about EVs at:

www.electricvehicles.govt.nz

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Notes to editors

  • Flip the Fleet is a citizen science project that provides scientifically reliable information on the benefits and constraints of electric vehicles in New Zealand.  The project is partly funded by the government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, administered by EECA. See www.flipthefleet.org
  • Leading the Charge is a project of the Better NZ Trust, which is supported by EECA to hold a nationwide community outreach programme of public events aimed at promoting the uptake of EVs.
  • EECA runs the Government’s information campaign to promote EV uptake.

Media enquiries:

Kathryn Fitzpatrick, Senior Communications Advisor, EECA

Phone: 04 470 2238 or 027 403 3378

Email: kathryn.fitzpatrick@eeca.govt.nz