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THIS award is still in its in­fancy, much like the mar­ket seg­ment it honours. The elec­tric ve­hi­cle sec­tor still needs time to set­tle in and de­fine its own pa­ram­e­ters. As such, the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try recog­nises all man­ner of elec­tric ve­hi­cles from bat­tery elec­tric hy­brid ve­hi­cles (BHEVS) to plug-in hy­brid elec­tric ve­hi­cles (PHEVS) and of course pure elec­tric ve­hi­cles (EVS) as a col­lec­tive group and thus, so do we. There are of course, a num­ber of note­wor­thy con­tenders for an award of this na­ture, span­ning such a di­verse range, which makes se­lec­tion of an out­right win­ner that much more chal­leng­ing. Our cri­te­ria this year com­prised many facets and con­sid­er­a­tions, but of sig­nif­i­cant weight was the on­go­ing com­mer­cial ap­pli­ca­tion of the award-win­ning ve­hi­cle in a va­ri­ety of pro­fes­sional roles. With that in mind, our judg­ing panel awards the EV of the Year award to relative new­comer to New Zealand, LDV – a brand which has demon­strated its com­mit­ment to emis­sion-free and fuel-free mo­tor­ing with­out the ad­van­tages of a host of con­ven­tion­ally-fu­elled ve­hi­cles pro­vid­ing a solid base to spring­board from. The judg­ing panel con­sid­ered too, the choice of hero ve­hi­cle – a van. With this par­tic­u­lar ve­hi­cle, LDV has pro­duced an EV which more than pulls its own weight in terms of serv­ing the New Zealand mar­ket. Its abil­ity to carry a large pay­load over a re­spectable dis­tance at a not in­signif­i­cant speed, cer­tainly set the LDV head and shoul­ders above other al­ter­na­tively fu­elled ve­hi­cles driven over the 2017/18 year. Of a seem­ingly lesser – but by no means in­valid – con­sid­er­a­tion is the LDV’S abil­ity to high­light the clean, green im­age of New Zealand, the EV80 serv­ing as a highly vis­i­ble trav­el­ing bill­board for a num­ber of high-pro­file busi­ness en­ti­ties. It is, in short, an ex­cel­lent am­bas­sado­rial ve­hi­cle for the coun­try.

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