Waiheke Island to be the World’s first EV residential island

Auckland’s Waiheke Island is soon to be the world’s first electric vehicle (EV) only residential island with the goal to implement this by 2030.

At an Electric Breakfast in the Waiheke, Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association secretary general Christina Bu told attendees communities like Waiheke are driving  pivotal EV change.

Spokeswoman for advocacy group Electric Island Waiheke says ditching fossil fuel vehicles from the island will have economic and environmental benefits.

Waiheke is home to 86 registered EVs along with electric bikes, e-scooters and e-motorbikes. The initiative aims to get to 7000 to replace the island’s conventional vehicles.

“Everyone knows the environmental benefits but few know about the economic benefits of EVs,” Whitehead says, adding the island has some of the most expensive petrol in New Zealand.

Because of the short distances travelled on Waiheke, the island could use EVs which are no longer suitable for “mainland” purposes, he says.

EVs need to be much cheaper to make them affordable to many island residents, Whitehead adds.

“Electric Island – bring it on!” Waiheke Local Board chairwoman Cath Handley told the launch, a measure to make the island more sustainable.

Source: Plan for world’s first EV residential island
3 Dec 2018

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