Shared elec­tric cars for Auck­land

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JACKSON THOMAS

A small but grow­ing fleet of shared elec­tric ve­hi­cles (EV) is now avail­able for Auck­lan­ders to get around.

Car shar­ing com­pany Ci­ty­hop on Fri­day, Septem­ber 15 re­leased its sec­ond shared EV in Auck­land - an SUV - with more to come.

Ci­ty­hop is a car shar­ing business whereby users pay to rent ve­hi­cles, by the hour, via its web­site.

Auck­land mayor Phil Goff said the EV move­ment was al­ready in mo­tion.

‘‘Ev­ery car share ve­hi­cle takes up to 13 cars off our roads and ev­ery elec­tric ve­hi­cle is one less car send­ing car­bon into our at­mos­phere,’’ Goff said.

Ci­ty­hop’s new EV would be avail­able at the Down­town carpark.

On Septem­ber 7, NZTA en­acted a by­law al­low­ing EVs to use 11 pri­or­ity by­pass lanes on state high­ways in Auck­land on a 12 month trial, this in­cluded tran­sit lanes and mo­tor­way on-ramps. NZTA safety and en­vi­ron­ment di­rec­tor Harry Wil­son said the lanes were ex­pected to open to EVs by the end of Septem­ber and driv­ers must check the sig­nage to en­sure they are el­i­gi­ble to use spe­cial lanes.

Amer­i­can elec­tric car gi­ant Tesla was pre­par­ing to open its first New Zealand re­tail store and ser­vice cen­tre at 501 Karanga­hape Rd, Auck­land. The of­fi­cial opening date was yet to be con­firmed.


Mer­cury chief ex­ec­u­tive Fraser Whin­eray, mayor Phil Goff and Ben Carter from Ci­ty­hop test out the new EV in Auck­land’s Down­town carpark.

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