About a month ago, Flickster Sigurd created this video of his electric vehicle – EV to those in the ever-growing community – charging overnight, and shared how much it cost, with our Facebook community. (And check out his cool number plate!)
(You can also check out Sig’s trip ‘over the hill’, testing his EV’s range over the Rimutakas.)
“Recharging my car after a typical day of driving in just 95 cents! 2011 Nissan Leaf model G fully electric (no petrol!) car, slow-charging with a 1.8kWh (230 volt 8 amp) portable www.JuicePoint.co.nz EVSE unit with electricity from www.FlickElectric.co.nz. Car purchased from www.evimports.co.nz. With the car’s charge timer programmed for 11pm, I get an off peak rate of 11 cents a kWh unit. My recharge takes 8.6 units over 5 hours so is much cheaper than petrol cars. Wellington, New Zealand.”
Sigurd had been a Flickster for a couple of weeks at the time, and since then he has continued to reap the rewards of charging overnight when rates are lower. In Wellington, night rates (11pm – 7am) are especially good because the lines company drops its charges significantly overnight, and we pass this price signal straight through to customers of course.
It turns out there’s a ‘tidal wave’ of electric vehicles coming to New Zealand in the coming years, according to Drive Electric chairman Mark Gilbert. Right now, there is a budding community of EV enthusiasts charging – pardon the pun – the EV force throughout the country, with community pages, meet-ups and promotional events.
I (Nic) recently went to a Drive Electric event to educate myself a little more about the world of EVs. And to put it lightly, there are a lot of passionate advocates for EVs – because of our generation mix in NZ, they’re particularly sustainable here; they cost less than petrol cars when you factor in lifetime running costs; and there are an increasing number of public charging points throughout New Zealand. A few progressive organisations are joining the EV revolution too, using them for company fleet.
While New Zealand is home to less than 9000 EV’s right now, there’s a driving force (another pun!) of organisations and owners who are trying to change that, and would love to see New Zealand mimic other countries that subsidise EVs. Norway is the world leader, with the greatest level of incentives – about 25% off the purchase price is subsidised, and all fully electric cars can drive in bus lanes, and use toll roads and city street parking and charging stations free. This has contributed to a rapid adoption of electric cars – close to 70,000 in little over two years.
Norway is also the only other country in the world with a strong spot-price retail market – 58% of consumers there buy their power from spot-price based retailers. Coincidence? We think not.
If you’re interested in learning more, this weekend in Wellington the ‘Go Green Expo’ will have the mighty Tesla LOLGAS and Nissan Leaf outside the TSB arena. There will be an opportunity to have a chat with EV owners – they’re a super helpful bunch and you never know, you might score a test drive!