FROM THE EDITOR
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.
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