New Zealand Could Lead Way on Electric Cars

Brush your teeth, put the cat out, turn the dishwasher on and plug the car in.

Published: 29-Sep-2007

If the Government's climate change strategy is to be believed, this could be the reality in some New Zealand homes in as little as five years.

Electric cars have been desired and designed, discounted and debunked, built and broken for many decades. In fact, they have been everything but accessible to the average motorist.

The Government's latest punt to save the environment - its climate change strategy issued last week - plans to cut per capita emissions in half by 2040 and puts New Zealand up as a willing leader in electric car technology. The question arises: why now, when it has not worked before?


News reports the company will soon divulge plans to sell an EV subcompact, powered by a lithium-ion battery. Pictured is a Colt concept vehicle.

Next generation electric car to be built in joint-venture with Japanese electric power companies.

Italian-built electric car gets 100km (62 miles) per charge.


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