More than 6,000 electric vehicles (EVs) are now registered in New Zealand, an early Christmas for the EV community.
This time last year there were 2,547 EVs registered and numbers have increased 136% in the year.
This year’s 3,485 total registrations were made up of 2,154 used electric cars, 62 per cent of 2017 registrations followed by 649 new electric cars, 19 per cent of registrations.
Not surprisingly Auckland continues to lead the charge to EV ownership regionally. Auckland accounts for 50% of the light EV fleet, a total of 2864 vehicles, considerably above its share of the nation’s population (34%)
On a per capita basis, Auckland is clearly ahead of the Canterbury region fleet (696) and Wellington (679). The units of EVs registered in Auckland has increased 117 per cent since December 2016 when the fleet size was only 1,319.
Infrastructure and charging stations are ever-expanding across the New Zealand to support the growing number of EVs on our roads. The amount of fast chargers available throughout the length of the country are also increasing, giving EV drivers greater confidence on longer journeys.