FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018
Electric vehicle owners really love their cars – and they’re keen to spread the word during International Drive Electric
Week (8-16 September).
Latest results from an ongoing survey show 77% of electric vehicle (EV) owners are extremely satisfied with their low
emission cars, scoring them 9 or 10 out of 10.
The survey was carried out by Flip the Fleet, a citizen science collaboration of EV owners from across New Zealand. It has collected scores from up to 654 EV owners
every month since September 2017.
The survey found owners find their EVs fit-for-purpose, a pleasure to drive, and to have very low running and
maintenance costs. Their environmental benefits are particularly satisfying for many owners.
EVs are finding a strong foothold in the New Zealand transport scene, with nearly 10,000 registered and excellent
feedback from owners, says Jenny Lackey, Group Manager Strategy and Performance at the Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Authority (EECA).
New Zealand is outstanding on the world stage for the vast network of volunteer EV enthusiasts that are working hard to
spread the word, she says.
“These amazing people give rides and drives in their own EVs at events up and down the country,” she says. “Overseas
experience shows hands-on experience is a key step to people considering buying an EV, so their support is really
helping to move New Zealand towards a low emissions transport system.”
EV events will be held during International Drive Electric Week at locations including Auckland, Wellington,
Christchurch, Whangarei, Napier, Timaru and Cromwell. They include EV displays, rides and drives, and information
An attempt to break the world record for "Longest Parade of Electric Cars" will be held in Christchurch on Sunday 16
September. The current record of 402 cars was set in Denmark.