New Zealand Sets Aside $6 Million Annually To Promote / Subsidize Electric Vehicles

DEC 2 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 4

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Over in New Zealand, the government has decided to set aside some $6 million annually to promote/subsidize electric cars.

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New Zealand’s NewsHub reports that the goal is to focus on getting businesses to convert fleets first:

“They’re nowhere near as flashy as Teslas, but Waste Management’s rubbish trucks will soon be replaced with electric versions.”

“We have a large fleet – 200 cars, 800 trucks,” says Waste Management’s Tom Nickells. “We’re planning to convert the majority of our fleet across to full plug-in electric over the next several years.”

New Zealand’s Transport Minister, Simon Bridges, is a strong supporter of plug-in vehicles.

He believes that the nation’s plug-in car count will go from approximately 2,000 today to around 60,000 in the next 5 years.

However, the biggest issue, as seen in the Nissan lineup pricing document for New Zealand (below), is that plug-in cars are hit with astronomical fees that drive prices through the roof.

Just look at how much more the LEAF once cost as compared to the the high-line Altima when it was launched in 2014.  As a result demand (and thus sales) were so bad that Nissan pulled the EV from the market last March.

Until this import/pricing problem is rectified, sales of EVs will remain low, and there’s no mention of the $6 million being used to do anything to reduce prices of passenger plug-ins.

Note Current LEAF Price In New Zealand

Note Current LEAF Price In New Zealand

Source: NewsHub

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Google shows NZ gas prices are about $8/gal ($2/liter) and electricity is $0.22/kWh (about the same as San Diego). EV would pay equivalent to almost 200 MPG gas car! It’s too bad more EV aren’t available in NZ. With all their renewables, they’d do quite well in cutting pollution _and_ save money.

I wonder what a few containers filled with Used EV’s would cost to ship there? If right hand drive, from Japan or England, if left hand drive, from the USA!

Yes Robert great idea and this is now happening with direct importers, Nissan were trying to rip buyers off as there are no import duties only an end consumer tax (GST) of 15%.
Doing the MacDonald Big-Mac World Wide Test on the Tesla Model S P100D
Base Model with no options
US$134,500
Canada $180,000 =US$134,023
UK Pound 122,900 =US$152,445
France Euro 146,900 =US$155,655
New Zealand $217,000 =US$153,726
Australia $254,149 =US$189,733

Bought an Japan imported 2011 leaf. Still great battery and just 15000km . Cost me $16,000. Great value for the money.
We start seeing a few leaf around here in Auckland.