Cor­po­rates back elec­tric ve­hi­cles

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EV ad­vo­cacy group Drive Elec­tric has re­cently seen some big cor­po­rate names em­brac­ing the rise of the EV. Jaguar Land Rover New Zealand, elec­tri­cal prod­ucts sup­plier Co­rys Elec­tri­cal, Tyre­line Dis­trib­u­tors and Beau­re­paires are its new­est mem­bers, join­ing the likes of Mer­cury, Merid­ian En­ergy, West­pac and Pow­erco. Jaguar Land Rover NZ gen­eral man­ager Steve Kench­ing­ton says join­ing Drive Elec­tric made sense with all its new mod­els, in­clud­ing its lat­est re­lease the IPACE, set to have a fully elec­tric or hy­brid vari­ant by 2020. “The in­no­va­tion and change ex­pected here in the short term brings the need for bet­ter re­sourc­ing across the in­dus­try,” Kench­ing­ton says. Co­rys Elec­tri­cal sus­tain­abil­ity ad­vi­sor Mar­cel Ro­quette says join­ing Drive Elec­tric is ben­e­fi­cial be­cause it means the com­pany can work with like-minded or­gan­i­sa­tions. “Build­ings, EVS and the elec­tri­cal grid in­ter­act in un­prece­dented ways, rais­ing ques­tions that can only be an­swered col­lec­tively.” Drive Elec­tric also pro­vides vis­i­bil­ity to Co­rys’ initiatives that aim to re­duce its car­bon foot­print and bring to mar­ket more sus­tain­able solutions. Tyre­line and Beau­re­paires man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Grant Rush­brooke says join­ing Drive Elec­tric fits with the com­pany’s aim of adopt­ing new mo­bil­ity solutions in the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor. “In essence when we reimag­ine our busi­ness for the fu­ture, we want con­sumers to use more re­new­ables and to re­cy­cle more. As a col­lec­tive, we will be able to help steer pol­icy, peo­ple and be­hav­iours to al­low us to tran­si­tion into the new drive tech­nolo­gies.” Drive Elec­tric chair­man Mark Gil­bert says the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s level of in­flu­ence to push for more EVS on Kiwi roads will in­crease as its mem­ber­ship grows. “With mem­bers from a di­verse num­ber of sec­tors, in­clud­ing au­to­mo­tive, elec­tric­ity re­tail and dis­tri­bu­tion, fi­nan­cial ser­vices, and car leas­ing, it helps re­in­force that EVS are a key el­e­ment in trans­form­ing New Zealand’s trans­port fu­ture.”

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