Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Time to map your EV summer roadie says Minister

Transport Minister, Michael Wood, is reminding Kiwis to consider the environment while enjoying summer season road trips.

“The summer roadie is a great way to explore our beautiful country, accessing amazing beaches, bush and baches, and doing it in a low-emissions vehicle helps us keep it this way for generations to come,” said Minister Wood.

“The success of the clean car policies has meant there are now more than 62,000 EVs on our roads, sixty percent more than at the end of 2021.  It’s great to see more and more people contributing to Aotearoa New Zealand’s climate efforts by making the switch to EVs.

“People can make the switch with the knowledge that there will be a charger available when they need one, with charging stations every 75km for over 97 percent of our state highway network.”

He said mapping out charge points before you head off will help drivers avoid busy roads and access public chargers when there is less demand.

“Tools like Waka Kotahi’s online journey planner, which collects real time information about charger location and availability, means that you can confidently plan your road trip without stress.”

Alternatively, people can also look to stay in accommodation where they can charge their EVs overnight while they recharge themselves to avoid fatigue, he said.

“Keep an eye out for EECA’s campaign this month with advice for EV drivers on where to get the latest information on chargers, the best ways to charge EVs, and EV charging etiquette.”

“EV charger availability is only going to get better as we develop our national EV charging strategy which is set for release in early 2023, work with the sector on innovations like temporary charger stations, and roll out more infrastructure,” Mr Wood said.

The Minister also took the opportunity to remind holiday-makers about something even more important than a full charge.

“Getting to your destination with enough battery life is important, but nothing is more important than getting to your destination alive. Be safe on our roads this summer – wear your seatbelt, don’t drive impaired or fatigued, put your phone away and drive safely within the speed limit,” he said.

More information on the Journey Planner can be found on the Waka Kotahi website.

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