NZ to offer more EV incentives, as registrations reach 10,000

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NZ flags new policies to encourage EVs, including a penalty for buyers of high emissions vehicles and a rebate for low or zero emission cars.

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The New Zealand government is putting together a package of incentives to encourage more people to with to electric vehicles, even as the number of EV registrations reach 10,000.

“Countries who are dragging the chain need to get their act together,” minister for climate change James Shaw said this week. And this apparently includes New Zealand.

The promise comes as New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ahern, prepares to address the United Nations Climate Week in New York to promote New Zealand’s initiatives geared at curbing climate change.

So, it is not on track to reach its 2030 and 2050 targets, which seems to be the reason why it is proposing new initiatives on EVS.

“Like every other country in the world, we’ve got to bin the curve,” Shaw told NZ news site Newshub.

New Zealand’s transport emissions account for 17 per cent of all greenhouse emissions, and the country has already taken some measures, unlike Australia, to encourage EVs.

Continue reading the full story on RenewEconomy’s electric vehicle dedicated website, The Driven…

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