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EVolocity holding launch events

Source: Evolocity Facebook page

EVolocity is holding regional launch events throughout the month of March. 

EVolocity gives high school students a practical way to engage in engineering and sustainability, while also learning a lot about electric vehicles and their benefits. 

“The EVolocity Youth Programme is, in my opinion, the best scheme in New Zealand to promote engineering in high school and get students actively involved in exciting projects.” – Assoc. Professor Mike Duke, University of Waikato.

Dates and Times

Christchurch: March 12, 4pm – 6pm at ARA. RSVP here.

Wellington: March 13, 4-6pm at Sustainability Trust. RSVP here

Hamilton: March 15, 4pm – 6pm at Wintec Rotokauri campus. RSVP here.

Auckland: March 17, 10am – 12:30pm at Univ of Auckland Newmarket. RSVP here.


  • School teams compete to see who can equip a mountain bike with an electric motor and get it going under electric power in the fastest time.
  • Mix and mingle/view bike challenge.
  • Welcome and speeches.
  • Exhibits.
If you’d like to engage with EVolocity – for example by becoming a sponsor or a mentor – please get in touch with rob.mcewen@evolocity.co.nz or call Rob on 021 728 875.
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Affected PCCs to return early April

Courageous Ace

Due to the risk of entering New Zealand with possible Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) and or, Yellow Spotted Stink Bugs (YSSB) on board, the Courageous Ace is now sailing to Singapore for treatment.

Courageous Ace aims to arrive in Singapore on the 12th of March. Discharge, cleaning, inspection and re-loading of the vessel will follow on from this and the vessel will depart Singapore on the 24th of March with arrival in Auckland from around 4th – 6th of April. 

Glovis Caravel

The Glovis Caravel underwent fogging off New Zealand on the 29th of  February. As the Glovis Caravel is still classed as high risk by MPI and with the logistical difficulty of fogging vessels out of New Zealand territory, Mitsui Osk Lines (MOL) have made the decision to send the vessel to Singapore for treatment also.

Glovis Caravel aims to arrive in Singapore on the 14th of March. Discharge, cleaning, inspection and re-loading of the vessel will follow on from this and the vessel will depart Singapore on the 27th of March with arrival in Auckland from around 7th – 9th of April. 


Treatment will be undertaken in Singapore to eradicate BMSB/YSSB from the cargo and vessels in order for the earliest possible safe delivery of cargo into New Zealand.

MPI are being kept updated on all countermeasure plans to meet their requirements.

Once cargo is discharged in Singapore any remaining BMSB/YSSB will come out of their state of hibernation and emerge from cargo, no longer posing a risk.

The Courageous Ace and Glovis Caravel will also be cleaned, and insecticide applied by fogging.

After the cleaning at Singapore, the Courageous Ace and Glovis Caravel will reload all units and resume their voyage to New Zealand

MOL will continue to work with MPI to re-evaluate the risk profile and discharge plan for both vessels based on above countermeasures and treatments. 


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Used cars up year to date

Registrations of used imported passenger vehicles were slightly down compared to February last year, with sales decreasing by 1.7 per cent or 212 units bringing this month’s total to 12,048.

Year to date, the used imported passenger market is still up 2.3 per cent – or 574 units – compared to the first two months of 2017.

Toyota has retained the top spot with a market share for the month of 23.8 per cent with 2,872 registrations. Nissan sold 1,996 for a 16.6 per cent market share.

The battle for top used car model was close with the Suzuki Swift back in the top spot, but only by 9 units, while the Mazda Axela was second and the Nissan Tiida was third – bumping the Mazda Demio into fourth.

There were 581 Swifts sold during February –  up 5.4 per cent on the same month of last year; Axela registrations totalled 572 units –  an increase of 0.4 per cent, and 514 Tiida sales – a decrease of 4.8 per cent. 

The three models hold 4.7 per cent, 4.8 per cent and 4.2 per cent of the monthly market share respectively.

In terms of regions, Invercargill went from 132 sales in February last year to 184 last month, an increase of 39.4 per cent. Rotorua and Gisborne also did will compared to a year earlier showing increases of 25.9 and 23.2 per cent respectively.

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Used light commercials steady

The number of used light commercials registered in New Zealand last month came in at 948 resulting in 1,972 being sold so far this year. This represented an increase of 2.4 per cent against the year-to-date total for 2017, which was 1,626.

Once again, the Toyota Hiace was the top used commercial model.

Last month, there were 300 used Toyota Hiaces registered. Two Nissans took out second and third – the Caravan on 74 and NV200 with 41.

Toyota secured a market share of 42.9 per cent with 407 registrations. It was followed by Nissan with 203 and 21.4 per cent, and Mazda on 41 and 4.3 per cent.

The Toyota Hiace remained the dominant model, with a 32.6 per cent market share and sales of 300 last month. This was more than 200 ahead of the Nissan Caravan and Nissan NV200, who had sales of 74 units and 41 units, respectively. 

Comparing February 2018 with the same month of last year, Blenheim had an increase in sales of used commercial vehicles of 350 per cent – up from 2 a year ago to 9 last month.

Rotorua experienced a 75 per cent increasing to 28 units last month up from 16 in February 2017.

The third biggest percentage gain was recorded in Invercargill – a jump of 40 per cent on the back of 14 registrations.

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Update on MOL affected vessels

An update has been released on progress of the Mitsui Osk Line (MOL) car carriers delayed by the discovery of BMSB.

 Courageous Ace

The Courageous Ace has been fogged in Brisbane and MOL is currently making plans to send the vessel down to Auckland.

The vessel may undergo another round of fogging on arrival, however it is up to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to decide what process it has to go through.

Current location of the Courageous Ace

Glovis Caravel

Glovis Caravel is currently moored outside of Auckland.

The vessel will be fogged again this week before coming in to port as per Ports of Auckland instructions.

The vessel will then be inspected by MPI who will decide what process it has to go through.

Current location of the Glovis Caravel.

Morning Christina

This vessel has been fogged and treated in Australia and is moving down the coast of Australia and is expected to be in Auckland around the 4th-5th March.

This vessel will need to be inspected by MPI on arrival, but at present the MOL are feeling happy about the vessel passing the inspection.

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Car importer $5000 out of pocket

Luxury car importer thousands out of pocket after brokerage goes bust.

An Auckland luxury car importer is $5000 out of pocket due to customs broker, Online Logistics going into liquidation.

Online Logistics was used by overseas shipping companies to import goods locally, acting as a middle man to pay GST and duties to Customs on behalf of importers in order to clear goods into the country.

On 17 November 2017, an application for putting Online Logistics into liquidation was filed in the High Court at Auckland. The application was heard on Friday 9 February 2018 where the liquidation was finalised. 

An Auckland dealer, who asked not to be identified, ordered a BMW in November through an international shipping company, and paid customs broker, Online Logistics $3938 in GST, a $1300 shipping fee, and $42.82 for a customs transaction fee.


The GST was payable to Customs while the shipping fee was owed to the shipping company.

In order for importers to receive their goods customs brokers must lodge declarations and pay the associated duties and GST on behalf of clients.

After receiving word from the shipping company that it hadn’t been paid, and that the BMW was waiting for clearance in Auckland, the importer said he tried unsuccessfully to contact Online Logistics. 

He told the NZ Herald that he received a letter from the company in January saying it had stopped trading “due to an unforeseen financial situation, and we have been left with no option but to close down immediately”. The letter instructed him to contact another company for his car.

In an email seen by the Herald on Sunday, Customs told the importer they had no record of a payment by Online Logistics on his behalf, despite the company’s invoice saying the payment had been made immediately.

The man had to repay $3632 in GST to clear his car – less than Online Logistics had asked for. The shipping company waived its fee a second time because of the circumstances.

Customs said it couldn’t comment, except to confirm it had applied to the High Court for Online Logistics’ liquidation. A hearing was held in early February.

The BMW importer told the NZ Herald he was now “wary” of importing anything else.

“You would think these people are vetted by Customs but that doesn’t seem to be the case at all.”

Although customs brokers must be registered by them to be declarants, there is no public register people can rely on to choose brokers.

“It is quite concerning as it seems quite a few of these guys are complete cowboys, in an industry you would expect to be quite tightly regulated,” he said.

He said Online Logistics would have been aware since November they were facing liquidation, and should never have invoiced him.

“There’s no excuse for it. They should have stopped trading.”

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MPI issues guidelines for treating cargo

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has issued new recommendations to guide the industry in managing the biosecurity risks associated with vehicles and machinery imported from Japan.
These recommendations are provided to reduce the risk of the presence of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) and Yellow Spotted Stink Bugs (YSSB) on this pathway for the remainder of the “stink bug risk season.”

Click here to read MPI’s biosecurity guidelines for importers.

Please note: MPI considers these recommendations to be the minimum mitigation measures needed, to increase the prospect of incoming vehicles and machinery achieving compliance.

MPI encourages all operators to apply any further measures that they deem appropriate or useful in preventing the presence of pests. 

These recommendations may change if new information comes to hand.
If you find any evidence of insect infestation, phone the 24/7 MPI Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline on 0800 80 99 66 and report it immediately.
More info is available on the MPI website.
For any questions, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email technical@via.org.nz.
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EVs to cut oil consumption

The continued development of self-driving electric vehicles (EVs) and travel sharing are set to dent oil consumption by 2040, BP said in their annual Energy Outlook report.

Unlike previous BP Energy Outlooks, this year’s Outlook is described with reference to the ‘Evolving Transition’ scenario, which assumes that government policies, technologies and societal preference continue to evolve at a manner and speed similar to the recent past.

“BP’s strategy has to be resilient and adaptable to significant changes in the energy industry. This Outlook considers the possible implications of some of these changes and helps inform our long-term planning. We cannot predict where these changes will take us, but we can use this knowledge to get fit and ready to play our role in meeting the energy needs of tomorrow,” explains Bob Dudley, group chief executive.

Transport analysis

The oil and gas giant believes that there will be a 100-fold growth in electric vehicles by 2040, with its chief economist Spencer Dale painting a world in which we travel much more but instead of using private cars, we increasingly share trips in autonomous vehicles.

In the ET scenario, 30 per cent of car kilometres are powered by electricity by 2040 from almost zero in 2016. At the same time, the number of EVs is set to increase from 3 million today to over 320 million by 2040, representing roughly 15 per cent out of a total car fleet of 2 billion.

As a result, fuel demand from the car fleet is forecast to dip to 18.6 million barrels per day in 2040 from 18.7 million bpd in 2016, when it represented around one-fifth of total oil demand, according to BP.

BP expects autonomous vehicles to become available in the early 2020s. Their initial high cost means the vast majority of the cars will be bought by fleets offering shared mobility services. The average electric car is expected to be driven about two and a half times more than an internal combustion car, according to Dale.

Fuel analysis

In the ET scenario, renewable energy is the fastest growing source of energy, accounting for over 40 per cent of the increase in energy supplies.

By 2040 oil, gas, coal, and non-fossil fuels are projected to each provide around a quarter of the world’s energy.

Natural gas grows much faster than either oil or coal, with its share in primary energy overtaking coal and converging on oil.

Oil will grow, although is projected to plateau in the 2030s. Coal consumption is broadly flat, with its share in primary energy declining to 21 per cent, the lowest since the industrial revolution.

“We are seeing growing competition between different energy sources, driven by abundant energy supplies, and continued improvements in energy efficiency. As the world learns to do more with less, demand for energy,” says Dale. 

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Porsche drops diesel engines from range

Porsche has ended production of all of its diesel-powered models in light of growing consumer scepticism over such vehicles and a growing interest in hybrid and pure electric technology.

Diesel powered versions of both the Panamera and Macan SUV have now been cut from the line-up – Porsche confirming that the final Macan S Diesel rolled off the firm’s production line last week, with all outstanding customer orders for the vehicle completed.

Porsche has also opted not to release a diesel-powered variant of the all-new Cayenne. The first generation version of the firm’s flagship SUV arrived on sale in 2002, with a diesel option arriving in 2009.

Explaining the decision, a statement from Porsche reads: “Diesel engines traditionally play a subordinate role at Porsche. Porsche does not develop or build diesel engines itself. Currently, the demand for diesel models is falling, whereas interest in hybrid and petrol models is increasing significantly.”

The statement also confirms that ongoing investigations by environmental authorities in light of 2016’s Volkswagen group ‘Dieselgate’ emissions scandal have led Porsche to call time on diesel.
With diesel on the back burner, electrification will step into the foreground for the Porsche brand. Further hybrid models – including a hybrid version of the next 911 – are in the pipeline, and a pure EV to arrive next year in the form of the production Mission E.

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New Zealand charges ahead

There were 407 electric vehicles (EVs) registered last month, a huge 96.6 per cent increase compared to January 2017, when a mere 207 vehicles were registered.

This brings the current overall total of EVs in New Zealand to 6,603. 

So how do these figures compare to other countries? 

According to Chargemaster, Europeans charged ahead with plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and battery electric vehicle (BEV) purchases, purchasing 80,000 more than they did in 2016.

With sales almost perfectly split between the two types, BEV’s are proving just as popular as their longer range cousins, with 287,270 vehicles being brought in 2017.

Across the European Union population of 508 million, this is a per capita ratio of 0.0565 per cent of the total population.
New Zealanders in comparison brought 4,055 EVs in 2017 against a population of 4.7 million, or 0.086 per cent of the total population. 

Therefore, New Zealanders are buying EVs, per head of population, 1.5 times faster than Europeans.

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Infected car carrier heads to Australia

Mitsui Osk Line’s (MOL) have announced a plan to deal with the current biosecurity risk posed by a large quantity of stinkbugs found on board their cargo ship, the Courageous Ace. 

On Friday, MOL spokesman Yaro Nikitin said in an email to customers that live Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSBs) were discovered on board the vessel on February 6. 

The vessel was then treated as per the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) direction the following day but an MPI inspection on February 8 “revealed a significantly large quantity of alive BMSBs”.          

“Due to the biosecurity risk that the vessel poses to the New Zealand economy, MPI have directed us to re-load all import cargo onto the vessel and undertake treatment offshore,” said MOL spokesman, Yaro Nikitin.

An MOL spokesman spoken to by Autofile on Friday said MOL and MPI were looking into further options to ensure the bugs are fumigated before the ship can return to the Ports of Auckland.  

At present, the Courageous Ace is drifting off New Zealand, however a plan has been revealed for the vessel to head to Australia to carry out the fumigation process.  

Once MOL have finalised a port in Australia and the required fumigation process has been completed, the Courageous Ace is expected to return to Auckland in approximately 10-12 days.


The Courageous ace – an MOL car carrier

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