What’s driv­ing the EV mar­ket?

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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.

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