Backing elec­tric mo­tor­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - ANUJA NADKARNI

Kiwi cor­po­rates are step­ping up their so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity by en­cour­ag­ing em­ploy­ees to use elec­tric cars on work trips.

The elec­tric day pass lets fre­quent fliers trav­el­ling be­tween Auck­land, Welling­ton and Christchurch dur­ing the week to book a free elec­tric Volk­swagon e-Golf for their visit.

The pro­gramme was launched ear­lier this year in con­junc­tion with Volk­swagon, Europ­car rentals and the three cities’ air­ports.

More than 100 cor­po­rates have signed up to the pro­gramme in­clud­ing AMP, Air New Zealand and Ice­breaker.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of AMP New Zealand said

‘‘Peo­ple are in­creas­ing aware of their car­bon foot­print and are tak­ing the proac­tive ap­proach to re­duc­ing it.’’

the com­pany is look­ing to con­vert its fleet to elec­tric cars.

He said the day pass was a good way to nor­malise the elec­tric driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Stephen Jones, gen­eral man­ager of Europ­car NZ said the pro­gramme was de­vel­oped to ac­knowl­edge the fu­ture of mo­tor­ing lies in sus­tain­able op­tions.

‘‘Peo­ple are in­creas­ing aware of their car­bon foot­print and are tak­ing the proac­tive ap­proach to re­duc­ing it...This was a nat­u­ral step as we evolve with the mar­ket and de­velop green friendly mo­tor­ing so­lu­tions,’’ Jones said.

There are two elec­tric cars avail­able at the Europ­car sta­tions at each of the air­ports.

The e-Golf was built along­side its petrol and diesel coun­ter­parts with a driv­ing range of about 150km, ex­pected to in­crease to 230km in later mod­els in­tro­duced to­wards the end of the year.

The all elec­tric Volk­swagon car is ex­pected to be on sale in New Zealand next year. The cars can be charged in pub­lic charg­ing sta­tions or at homes or ho­tels in an or­di­nary plug socket.

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