Lux­ury range of elec­tric ve­hi­cles hit the Waikato

Te Awamutu Courier - - Driven -

Pre­mium elec­tric ve­hi­cles will be pop­ping up across the Waikato with Coombes John­ston BMW be­com­ing an au­tho­rised BMW i elec­tric ve­hi­cle deal­er­ship.

The deal­er­ship is now sell­ing the range of BMW i series elec­tric ve­hi­cles, which in­clude the fully-elec­tric BMW i3, an emis­sion-free hatch, and the BMW i8 which is be­ing mar­keted as a “pro­gres­sive sports car” show­cas­ing the lat­est in driv­e­train, de­sign and con­struc­tion tech­nol­ogy.

Coombes John­ston BMW’s head of busi­ness, Richard John­ston, says the range of­fers the en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able con­scious buyer the pre­mium style, ex­pe­ri­ence and fea­tures BMW are renown for, along with a long list sus­tain­able de­sign fea­tures.

“The BMW i3 is pow­ered us­ing a fully emis­sion-free elec­tric mo­tor and is per­fect for both ur­ban and open road driv­ing,” says Richard.

“It has a real-world range of 200km, which would eas­ily cover all des­ti­na­tions in and around Hamil­ton city.

“You could also eas­ily man­age a com­mute from North Waikato, Cam­bridge, Te Awa­mutu, Mor­rinsville or South Waikato through to the Hamil­ton CBD.”

Elec­tric ve­hi­cle (EV) sales in the Waikato are al­ready tak­ing off. The Waikato is one of the fastest grow­ing re­gions for hy­brid and EV reg­is­tra­tions with Min­istry of Trans­port fig­ures show­ing al­most dou­ble the num­ber of reg­is­tra­tions this year com­pared to 2017.

Coombes John­ston BMW Hamil­ton sales man­ager Nick Davies an­tic­i­pates an in­creas­ing num­ber of new BMW i3 ve­hi­cles to be sold over the next 12 months.

The En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity (EECA) cal­cu­lates charg­ing an EV at home overnight equates to pay­ing about 30 cents per litre for petrol — about six or seven times less than the cost of petrol.

“If we put cost and ef­fi­ciency aside, one thing you can­not dis­pute is that the BMW i range are bet­ter for the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment than tra­di­tional in­ter­nal com­bus­tion engine ve­hi­cles, with zero tailpipe emis­sions and zero noise pol­lu­tion,” says Nick.

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