Na­tional tour stops in Ti­maru

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MATTHEW LIT­TLE­WOOD

The fu­ture looks bright for elec­tric ve­hi­cles, as a dozen made a brief stopover in Ti­maru.

The Bet­ter NZ Trust made the stop-off in Ti­maru on Friday as part of a na­tion­wide road­show.

The trip, which will take about two weeks, will fin­ish in Cape Reinga.

This is the third time the trip has taken place, with a dozen peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing in the jour­ney.

Trus­tee Kathryn Troun­son said peo­ple were of­fered free rides around the block in both the Tesla and Hyundai Ionic ve­hi­cles.

‘‘As soon as peo­ple get in, they no­tice the dif­fer­ence,’’ Troun­son said.

Troun­son has been driv­ing an elec­tric ve­hi­cle for the past three years. It cost her more than $100,000 to im­port her Tesla ve­hi­cle into the coun­try.

The in­crease in the num­ber of charge sta­tions across the coun­try, in­clud­ing in Ti­maru, has made it more Troun­son said.

Troun­son said as the Gov­ern­ment moved to­wards a low­car­bon econ­omy, the de­mand for elec­tric ve­hi­cles would rise.

‘‘There is a goal from the Gov­ern­ment to reach 64,000 elec­tric and hy­brid ve­hi­cles by 2021.

‘‘So far, there are only 7000 in the coun­try, but that num­ber is only go­ing to grow as peo­ple re­alise the con­ve­nience. Ev­ery­one who had a test drive in one has been blown away.’’


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