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Auck­land needs to be fast track­ing prepa­ra­tions for the elec­tric car revo­lu­tion or risk be­ing left be­hind.

The French have an­nounced they will ban the sale of petrol and diesel ve­hi­cles by 2040. The UK is look­ing to adopt the same target. And car man­u­fac­turer Volvo has an­nounced it will make only fully elec­tric or hy­brid cars from 2019.

Elec­tric ve­hi­cles are al­ready a com­mon sight in Auck­land. There’s even a smat­ter­ing of driver­less cars around. Elec­tric ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer Tesla is soon to open its first re­tail store in New Zealand with a show­room on K Rd.

But I fear au­thor­i­ties are not do­ing enough to pre­pare for the revo­lu­tion in New Zealand. The roll-out of elec­tric charg­ing sta­tions needs to be fast tracked. I’m hear­ing sto­ries that some new apart­ments don’t have a sin­gle charg­ing sta­tion.

Leg­is­la­tion also needs to adapt to le­gal is­sues self-driv­ing cars pose, such as li­a­bil­ity.

Auck­land is al­ready play­ing catch up on public trans­port. Let’s not let it hap­pen with elec­tric cars. NEWS DI­REC­TOR: John An­thony, 027 427 3313, AD­VER­TIS­ING EN­QUIRIES: Jodi Mc­mur­trie­mur­trie@fair­fax­me­ or 027 565 8638 SALES MAN­AGER: Rachel Ham­blyn rachel.ham­blyn@fair­fax­me­ CLAS­SI­FIEDS: 09 525 2100 or DE­LIV­ERY: 09 525 2022 or de­liv­ or www.snade­liv­ POSTAL AD­DRESS: PO Box 1327, Short­land St, Auck­land, 1140. 50,073 au­dited cir­cu­la­tion (ABC for 12 mths to 31 Dec 15). De­liv­ered each Wed­nes­day and Fri­day to: Eller­slie, Glen Innes, Glen­dowie, Ko­hi­marama, Mead­ow­bank, Mis­sion Bay, Mt Wellington (in­clud­ing Panama Rd), Orakei, New­mar­ket, Pan­mure, Par­nell, Pt Eng­land, Re­muera, St Johns, St He­liers, Stone­fields and Ta­maki.

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