Electric Vehicles for Business
The increase in electric vehicles (EVs) on our roads has the potential to make a significant contribution to climate change through de-carbonising New Zealand’s transport sector (which is currently responsible for 40% of the country’s emissions).
- Electrifying your business fleet benefits your bottom line, reduces overall emissions, and results in internal cost savings.
- Converting to an EV fleet can significantly contribute to New Zealand’s goal of having 64,000 EVs on the road by 2021.
- EVs also contribute meaningfully to the national target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.
- EVs utilise New Zealand’s abundant supply of renewable energy and reduce polluting emissions, thus improving air quality.
We’re committed to using electric vehicles
As a Board member of Drive Electric, we’re committed to using EVs in our own business too, as well as reducing the number of vehicles we own through a smarter use of our fleet. Our passenger car fleet is currently 50% fully electric vehicles (a combination of Hyundai IONIQs and Nissan Leafs), and we’ve committed to increasing this to 90% by 2020.
We’re also currently trialing fully electric vans suitable for some maintenance activities, further reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, and when supported by 100% renewable generation, reducing carbon emissions.
We are proud to already support New Zealanders who have chosen to drive electric in Auckland, Christchurch and Palmerston North by providing free charging stations at malls within these centres.
Working with customers to electrify their fleets
We are working with our commercial customers to electrify their fleets, actively sharing information on how we are transitioning our fleet to electric vehicles and how we’ve made that a commercially viable proposition for our business.
Should you decide to electrify your fleet and install charging infrastructure, we would be happy to assist in carrying out a needs assessment, creating a business case and a transition plan.
Carrying out an internal measurement process is a great way to find out how efficiently your fleet is being utilised and to figure out ways to improve efficiency. This analysis not only enables you to make the best use of your current fleet, but also informs your EV purchase decisions.
Building a business case and linking your transition plan with your environmental/ carbon management plan will allow you to highlight the environmental improvements and/or emissions reductions you could achieve as a result of this project.