New Zealand joins global Electric Vehicle Initiative

New Zealand has joined a multi-government forum of the world’s top electric vehicle markets dedicated to accelerating the uptake of electric vehicles.

Membership of the Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI) will link New Zealand into international best practice around electric vehicles (EVs) including policy, research and information sharing, said Andrew Caseley, Chief Executive of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

“Being part of this initiative puts New Zealand alongside the top electric vehicle markets in the world, demonstrating to industry our readiness to adopt new electric vehicle technologies.

“Transitioning our fossil-fuelled transport fleet to run on clean, renewable electricity is one of the most effective ways for New Zealand to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet our climate change commitments,” said Mr Caseley.

“Joining the EVI is yet another way we are signalling our intention to speed up New Zealand’s transition to low-carbon economy.”

The EVI has a collective target of at least 30 per cent of new vehicle sales by 2030. EV registrations in New Zealand have grown at an exponential rate since 2013 and recently passed the 8,000 mark.

EVI members include Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the UK, the USA and the European Union.

It is part of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a forum of the world’s largest and most forward-leaning countries working together to accelerate the global transition to clean energy. 

EECA supports the Government’s Electric Vehicles Programme through an information campaign and a Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund.

Media enquiries:

Kathryn Fitzpatrick, Senior Communications Advisor, EECA

Phone: 04 470 2238 or 027 403 3378