Sunday, April 14, 2024

EV expo sparks interest of 9,000 visitors

Around 9,000 people visited Christchurch City Council’s ‘Take Charge’ electric vehicle expo in Te Pae at the weekend.

The Christchurch event was the largest of its kind and the first in the country to bring the vehicles of so many manufacturers together in one space, Council said in a statement.

There were 56 battery electric vehicles including cars, off-roaders, vans, motorcycles, mopeds and even a ute displayed in Te Pae’s exhibition hall.

“The fantastic turnout shows people are really interested in finding out about this technology and how they can make the switch to a zero exhaust emission vehicle,” says Council’s Resource Efficiency Manager, Kevin Crutchley.

“I’d like to acknowledge all our exhibitors for their enthusiasm in helping to bring the event to life and promote this exciting battery electric vehicle technology.

“It was really pleasing to see people from all ages viewing the large range of new battery electric  vehicles on offer and engaging with experts so they could learn more about the benefits of this technology,” he said.

On-road petrol and diesel transportation makes up about 36% of Ōtautahi Christchurch district’s greenhouse gas emissions and the Council has set a target of halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (from its 2016/17 baseline).  

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