The motoring future is electric
‘‘I don’t want to give it back!’’
Amy Roper had just driven into The Square in a BMW i3. The electric powered city car, with its quirky rear-hinged back doors, and able to do 0 – 100kmh in seven seconds, was named the 2015 AA Car of the Year.
Amy was part of last week’s electric vehicle (EV) convoy that stopped off in The Square during a length of the country promotional tour.
‘‘It’s idiot-proof,’’ Amy says. ‘‘it’s easier to drive than an automatic.’’
She was not looking forward to having to hand the demonstration model back when the Better NZ Trust ‘Leading the Charge’ roadshow was over at the end of the month.
MPs and city councillors joined a small but curious crowd to check out the latest in transport options as they rolled in – late as it happened because of interest shown in the cars up the line.
Amy’s BMW was joined by three 2015 Tesla S models, and a Mitsubishi Outlander, while local owners of Outlanders and Nissan Leaf EVs were on hand to talk about their vehicles.
New Zealand’s first all-electric rubbish truck made by Palmerston North’s Zero Emission Vehicles and owned by the Kapiti District Council also turned up, with company director Andrew Rushworth keen to talk about the vehicle’s development and potential.
Mayor Grant Smith says it would be great to have EV in the council’s fleet but vehicle procurement largely went through central government.
Grant called on local MPs to talk about widening the scope of local government’s choices to include fully electric vehicles, and he’d like to see at least one or two EVs in every local council’s fleet.
Co-ordinator for the Palmerston North leg of the rally, Sue Pugmire says it was a shame The Square’s new EV fast charger wasn’t ready in time, but the cars were able to recharge using the City Council’s concert and events power boxes. The charger will eventually be sited on the Plaza quadrant near iSite.
The stop-over Sue says was a great opportunity to find out more about the plug-in (PEV) and emission-free EVs from their drivers.
‘‘It’s idiot-proof . . . it’s easier to drive than an automatic.’’
Curious Palmy-nauts check out a Tesla Model S electric car at the ‘‘Leading the Charge’’ plug-in electric vehicles stop-over in The Square last week.