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