Scoop Images and Report by Rory McKinnon
It might seem unwise to play with an electrical appliance in the rain, but that didn’t stop Transport Minister Steven Joyce and Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast from getting up close with Mitsubishi’s new electric cars at their official launch in Civic Square today.
The mayor said Wellingtonians cared about the environment and used public transport, but cars were still a major part of the city’s fabric. Wellington would be an ideal place to trial the vehicles because of its short commute times, she said.
Mr Joyce said that early adopters of the new iMiEVs would not be required to pay road user charges.
The trial is sponsored by Meridian Energy, Mitsubishi Motors, New Zealand Post Group and The Wellington Company.
Media release from EECA
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) today welcomed the launch of a trial in Wellington of four full electric vehicles.
“Electric vehicles provide many benefits, including reducing air pollution, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing noise on our roads,” EECA chief executive Mike Underhill said.
“Using electric vehicles makes particularly good sense for New Zealand, as it allows us to use our electricity produced locally from mainly renewable sources instead of using imported fossil fuels.”
The four vehicles are Mitsubishi iMievs, which will be used by the Wellington City Council, New Zealand Post, Meridian Energy and The Wellington Company. EECA will assist the Wellington City Council with the trial by helping to monitor and disseminate the results.
“Electric vehicles have excellent potential for New Zealand, and are in keeping with our clean green image, which is one of the reasons Mitsubishi is keen to work with us.
“We’ll continue to work with Mitsubishi and other car companies to encourage them to bring electric vehicles to New Zealand, despite high demand from many other countries.”
More information is available on the Energywise website www.energywise.govt.nz