EV Uptake: Actual vs Target

The first major target for EV uptake was set by the National government in May 2016. A number of initiatives were undertaken with the intent to have 64,000 EVs* on the road by the end of 2021.

Five years later and the number is only half that.

Despite the plan to address Fringe Benefit Tax rules, no changes were made – missing out on a potential EV uptake by corporate fleets.

Barriers to EV purchase in NZ are typically around: upfront cost, range concerns, lack of model variety, and concerns around battery viability.

Climate Commission Targets

As part of New Zealand’s goal reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – transport plays a major role. According to the Clean Car scheme, 50% of monthly registrations need to be EVs* by 2030. This is a very ambitious target. The EECA submissions go even further, recommending that number be reached by 2027.

*These targets include both Battery Electric Vehicles, and Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles (i.e. only cars with a plug) – straight hybrids are not included).

By James Foster
Updated as at October 31, 2021