What’s driving the EV market?
The commercial fleet sector plays a key part in supporting government targets for electric vehicle registration, developing the second-hand vehicle market and raising awareness about EVS on New Zealand roads. Many of New Zealand’s large and SME organisations have made a commitment to achieving higher EV penetration in their fleets, but the road to full electrification can be bumpy. The EV Fleet Development Forum brings to light some of the challenges that can occur when making the switch to electric in the commercial fleet, looking into business case development, getting board buy-in and investigating the opportunities and challenges with the current EV options. Mark Lloyd, AA, hosts the forum, sharing his considerable insight into the sector after close to a decade of working within the energy sector, and his experience involving the Tesla Powerwall and grid scale battery systems at Vector. Nicholas Robilliard from Meridian energy presents the keynote at the forum, sharing Meridian’s work into the total cost of ownership and residual value for companies investigating the viability of the electric fleet. The forum features a panel with leading industry experts – Henrik Moller from Flip the Fleet, Phil Jones from Sustainable Business Network, Geoff Bold from F&P Healthcare, and Dennis Kelly from Fleetpartners NZ.
This panel aims to share firsthand experiences of developing EV fleets discussing challenges such as leasing options for fleet development, carsharing with EVS, the best models for EV fleet development and the intangible benefits of committing to zero carbon transport. In addition to the EV fleet development forum, there will be a motor industry forum, network and infrastructure forum, and local government forum each with the goal to provide a platform for deep discussion on some of the biggest barriers to NZ’S EV uptake currently. Conferenz will host the forums on the 9th of August, with an industry conference and expo at the ASB Showgrounds on the 10th of August, with a co-located trade day. There is a free to attend public day on the 11th of August, with a large expo to tantalise the curiosity of all EV curious and converted EV enthusiasts. For more information and programme updates, please see evworld.nz.