Electric Vehicle Bootcamp – New Zealand’s Unique Approach to Promoting EVs
Back in April, New Zealand’s Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology held a rather unique EVolocity bootcamp to generate interest amongst secondary school students in electric vehicle technology.
The so-called bootcamp was free to attend and was the first of its kind in New Zealand.
In 2015, CPIT intends to take this EV bootcamp idea nationwide
Kay Giles, CPIT CEO stated:
“We were very happy to get involved in an initiative that helps secondary students engage with new technology in a practical and innovative way. Electric vehicles are definitely the future as we explore better and more sustainable options for our world.”
“EVolocity gives students a chance to get involved, try out STEM – or science, technology, engineering and maths – subjects and see if it’s a direction they want to go. That is the first step to training people to fill skills gaps in New Zealand and promoting more innovation in our industries.”
The day-long bootcamp sees students assembling various components of a kit into a finished product. The kit, we assume, has some tie to electric vehicles.
EVolocity has several big name sponsors, including Schneider electric. The grand idea is to get New Zealand up to speed on electric vehicle technology with the hope that someday soon New Zealand will be home to several EV manufacturers, even if limited to electric bikes and scooters.
Rob McEwen, Executive Director of APEV (one of the EVolocity sponsors) stated:
“It’s great to be working with CPIT on this programme. Our hope is that as the school projects progress, students will get real insight into the advantages of electric transport, not just in terms of the environment but in terms of performance as well and that they will then share what they’ve learned with their parents and their communities. We also hope that the project will spark interest in science, technology and engineering and perhaps even lead to some commercialisation opportunities.”
Today, New Zealand is not known for being an electric vehicle hotspot, but programs such as the EVolocity bootcamp seek to change New Zealand’s EV status.