Evo­lu­tion flown south for the Spring

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The Evo­lu­tion is def­i­nitely here! With 10,248* EVS reg­is­tered in New Zealand to date and grow­ing all the time, it’s no pass­ing phase, that’s for sure! And with this Evo­lu­tion, the big­gest changes are hap­pen­ing not in Auck­land, but in the far south. Christchurch City Coun­cil was one of the first or­gan­i­sa­tions to adopt Yoogo Share for its fleet – a fully elec­tric car shar­ing ser­vice to pro­vide an ef­fi­cient and clean way for its staff to move through­out the city. Yoogo Share pi­loted in Christchurch for both busi­nesses and res­i­dents, en­ables Cantabri­ans to ex­pe­ri­ence the ‘EV grin’ with an ef­fec­tive form of trans­port but not the up­front or own­er­ship costs of an EV – ge­nius! The charg­ing net­work in Christchurch is grow­ing, with the help of Yoogo, who are build­ing the net­work to support their car shar­ing. If you’re still not con­verted to fleet shar­ing and want to up­grade your ICE (internal com­bus­tion en­gine, or petrol car) to an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, cost­ef­fec­tive EV, there are plenty of op­tions. The most pop­u­lar and af­ford­able EV is the Nis­san Leaf. Auck­land’s Hay­den John­ston from GVI Elec­tric at Au­gust’s Ev­world NZ high­lighted the im­por­tance of go­ing to a rep­utable dealer and get­ting the Leaf Spy re­port for your Leaf be­fore buy­ing. There are many Leafs on Trademe, re­tail­ing for as low as $9,900 for a 2011 Leaf. Their bat­tery life is shorter, but they’re great for most trips you’ll be do­ing around town. A Nis­san Leaf will cost you about $200 in main­te­nance ev­ery year – much cheaper than an ICE car; and will in­crease in main­te­nance costs by $6 per an­num, the price of a hazel­nut latte with an ex­tra shot! The Air Force Mu­seum in Christchurch played host to Novem­ber’s in­au­gu­ral Ev­world South event – the South Is­land ver­sion of the highly suc­cess­ful Ev­world NZ event held in Auck­land this past two years. The show saw wide range of ve­hi­cles on dis­play – in­clud­ing the Hyundai IONIQ and the Kona elec­tric. Ex­hibitors in­cluded car com­pa­nies, e-bike re­tail­ers, en­ergy com­pa­nies, charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture and ride shar­ing initiatives.

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