Charge.net.nz Launched Its DC Fast Charging Network In New Zealand In 2015

Charge.net.nz Launched Its DC Fast Charging Network In New Zealand In 2015

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

Charge.net.nz To Build Fast Charging Network In New Zealand

Charge.net.nz To Build Fast Charging Network In New Zealand

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