Government funds innovative EV projects

New Zealanders will soon see more of electric vehicles’ versatility, with co-funding for 19 diverse projects announced by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods.

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Andrew Caseley (left) and Minister Woods attend the announcement at Porirua Motors with successful fund applicant Mark Nixon (centre).

Minister Woods announced the successful projects today at Porirua Motors, one of 19 automotive workshops around the country now offering customers use of an electric courtesy car, thanks to a co-funded project given the green light last year.

$3.87 million of new funding will support 19 projects under the fourth round of the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, administered by EECA.

Projects to get the go-ahead include a lines maintenance electric truck with an elevating platform; New Zealand’s first all-electric water truck; five supermarket distribution electric trucks; and electric vans with purposes including parks maintenance, rural postal delivery and food rescue.

Minister Woods also announced round five will open on Wednesday 15 August.

Minister's press release - Beehive website

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