Have spent the past 2 days down in Christchurch which is going through a lot of change as a result of the 2010 and 2011 Earthquakes .
Whilst enroute to a meeting I saw the new EV and Hybrid IONIQ models from Hyundai.
The Hyundai IONIQ EV is 100% electric has a 200km+ range and most importantly comes with a 10 year / unlimited kilometer high voltage battery warranty*
*The caveat is for commercial users like taxi and ride-sharing services such as Uber where the warranty drops to 3 year/100,000 km. (This is still pretty reasonable).
More and more Tesla’s and Nissan Leaf’s are starting to populate the streets of New Zealand and the EV charging network is starting to mature across the country.
I think households who have more than one car for family reasons will start looking at EV options for the second or third car.
A key for the uptake is for more public rapid charging stations to get located near malls and parking complexes. In the IONIQ case a Public Rapid Charging station will allow an 80% charge in 30 minutes.
Smart City and IOT ANZ Limited will profile all the EV’s coming to the NZ market in a special feature later this month.