The fu­ture of driv­ing is here

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RICHARD MAYS

Elec­tric car driv­ers are hop­ing a rapid charg­ing sta­tion in The Square will be ready in time for Drive Elec­tric Week on Satur­day.

Or­gan­ised by The Bet­ter NZ Trust work­ing with the En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity to pro­mote elec­tric ve­hi­cles in New Zealand, Palmer­ston North’s week is one of 50 tak­ing place around the coun­try.

Driver of a Nis­san Leaf elec­tric car Julie Dalziel will be tak­ing part.

‘‘[It’s] easy to drive, nippy, fun, and com­fort­able,’’ Dalziel said.

‘‘We wanted an elec­tric car and felt the tech­nol­ogy had reached a point where it could do ev­ery­thing we wanted it to do. We’ve had it for three months and love it.’’

Or­gan­iser Sue Pug­mire said hope­fully the city coun­cil’s rapid charg­ing sta­tion op­po­site the Cof­fee Club on The Square would be up and run­ning in time for it.

The week opens with a rally in The Square on Satur­day.

Elec­tric ve­hi­cle own­ers are in­vited to join with oth­ers con­cerned about cli­mate change, re­new­able en­ergy up­take and en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able so­lu­tions at the Rally for De­moc- racy/Stop the TPPA from 1pm.

On Wed­nes­day night at Sum­mer­hill’s Ren­dezvous, speak­ers will talk about the dif­fer­ences and eco­nom­ics of driv­ing a Nis­san Leaf EV.

EVs can take ad­van­tage of New Zealand’s re­new­able elec­tric­ity pro­duc­ing 80 per cent fewer CO2 emis­sions than a petrol or diesel car, and can also be recharged us­ing pho­to­voltaic so­lar cells.

The fol­low­ing week­end sees pa­rades and dis­plays of elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

‘‘The Square’s Pa­rade Park and Ride event on Septem­ber 17 will give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions, see the cars and per­haps go for a ride in one,’’ Pug­mire said.

Leith Pug­mire, Leonie Gar­diner, Daniel and Bren Mor­rim­ire, Julie Dalziel and Rhys Gar­diner with Nis­san Leafs.

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