KiaOra India | VOL 3 ISSUE 3 | October 2021

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Exclusive Interview: Michael Wood Extending the Road User Charges exemption for light electric vehicles to April 2024, will save owners around $800 a year. The Clean Car Import Standard will also mean more climate-friendly cars are available and giving families average lifetime fuel savings of nearly $7,000 per vehicle. Electric vehicle chargers are now available every 75km along most state highways to give Kiwis confidence. Low Emission Transport Fund will have nearly four times the funding by 2023 to continue to grow the nationwide EV charging network and support other low emission refuelling networks.

An Artist’s impression of the Airport-Botany Rapid Transit Project (NLTP website)

We have also established a Clean Car Sector Leadership Group to help increase uptake. We have also proposed Sustainable Biofuels Mandate to prevent over a million tonnes of emissions while Kiwis switch over to electric. Micromobility can help reduce emissions - is the government looking at increasing the uptake of these electric powered transport devices? Micromobility, such as e-scooters, are a useful tool for getting around our cities sustainably. We’re currently looking at what further work needs to be done to help encourage uptake. With a focus on mobility for New Zealand and sustainability for the future - will the government focus on the use of clean energy for charging stations? Will they be working in collaboration with industry bodies to create an ecosystem for EVs? In New Zealand, EVs emit 80 percent less CO2 than an equivalent petrol vehicle because electricity generated here is typically at least 80 percent renewable. We are 8 | KiaOra India | October 2021

Minister of Transport launching the largest ship simulator in the southern hemisphere at the NZ Maritime School.

partnering with the industry through our Clean Car Leadership Group to drive innovation and uptake of clean cars. The Group includes Drive Electric, Sustainable Business council, Motor inzbc

Industry Association, Vehicle Importers Association, The Akina Foundation, Consumer New Zealand and Vector Limited.”

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