Jacinda Ardern to get all-electric Audi e-tron to replace diesel fleet car

The Driven

New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern will soon be riding in a clean and green Audi-e-tron electric car, which will replace the government’s standard diesel BMW 7 series vehicles, according to new reports.

The newly re-elected Labour PM already owns an all-electric Hyundai Ioniq as her personal vehicle, but there is now confirmation that one of a number of e-trons ordered by the NZ government is being decked out for a toddler, for use in Ardern’s home town.

Ardern was the first sitting world leader to give birth since Benazir Bhutto in 1990, and famously made history taking baby Neve with her when attending the United Nations general assembly meeting in 2018.

Now, a report from Motoring NZ shares that one of the vehicle being prepared for the NZ government ministerial fleet in Auckland has been checked out for suitability for the addition of a child seat, apparently for Neve, who is now a toddler.

The NZ government has ordered three Audi e-trons, which cost $NZ155,500 (before on-road costs) in long-range ’55’ format, and are being prepared to serve the highest state-level duties.

Two of these will serve to shuttle ministers between Wellington Airport and the government’s parliament, fondly known as the Beehive, while the third with baby seat will be placed in service in Ardern’s home town of Auckland.

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