Kiwis love electric vehicles

With more electric vehicles popping up on our roads every month it seems Kiwis are loving electric vehicles. 

But just how popular are they? Check out the media release below for some more info. 

Kiwis eye electric vehicles

More Kiwis are considering an electric future after the number of views on electric vehicles (EVs) increased by a whopping 330 per cent in the last 12 months, according to the latest Trade Me Motors data.  

Head of Trade Me Motors Alan Clark said electric vehicles were becoming “an attractive alternative” for car buyers. “People in the market for a new or used car are attracted to their smooth and silent performance, low maintenance costs and environmental benefits.”

He said the financial outlay was increasingly competitive too. “The average price of an electric vehicle on Trade Me Motors is $23,300 which is less than 15 percent dearer than a non-electric hatchback of a similar age. This gap has shrunk very quickly over the past few years.”

In the last year, the number of electric vehicles for sale has increased dramatically. “The number of electric vehicle listings climbed 127 per cent since August last year with the Nissan Leaf proving to be the most popular model amongst Kiwis,” Mr Clark said.

“Our three main metros are a prime example of where electric vehicles are thriving, with a dense population and access to numerous charging stations, they are a convenient alternative.”

Between June and August this year, the Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury regions were leading the charge on EVs making up 39.6, 12.5 and 14.2 per cent of EV watchlist activity on Trade Me.

Mr Clark said that the number of EVs in Auckland was likely to climb over the next year. “The announcement from the NZ Transport Agency earlier this month that it will allow EV drivers to use selected special vehicle lanes in Auckland for the next year will flush out more electric vehicles as Super City commuters attempt to save time.”.  

Regional New Zealand is yet to succumb to the charms of the electric vehicle with Northland and Southland only making up 3.3 and 1.2 per cent of Trade Me watchlist activity. “We simply don’t have enough public charging ports for electric vehicles outside the main metros. Once this infrastructure improves and public charging points are almost as common as petrol stations we will see far more electric vehicles in non-urban areas,” Mr Clark said.

“This switch to electric vehicles is a very different mindset for many Kiwis who have known petrol and diesel vehicles their entire lives.

The technology will only get better and the range of electric vehicles will broaden to appeal to more people.”

Mr Clark said he didn’t see EVs eclipsing petrol or diesel vehicles anytime soon. “We’re a clean green country and electric vehicles give anyone worried about their carbon footprint an eco-friendly alternative but they’re a long way from taking over the garages and carports of the nation.”


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