Growth of EVs in NZ: Charts

These charts show the size and growth of light electric vehicle fleet in New Zealand.

The number of EVs have been growing slowly and steadily, but fall well short of initial governmental targets (anticipating 64,000 EVs on NZ roads by 2021).

To get a true picture of the EV growth – see the EV market share charts (hint: EVs are only 2-3% of all registrations).

Total Light EVs in Fleet







Comparing EV Categories

When viewed as a percentage, it’s clear that plugin hybrids have stayed fairly static – maintaining around 25% of the fleet.

New full electrics (BEVs) are actively increasing, while used imports are trending downwards. Most used imports are the Nissan Leaf, and this downward trend should be expected to continue.


  • BEV – Battery Electric Vehicle (Full electric).
  • PHEV – Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle (charged externally as well as combustion engine).
  • Data Sources: Updated monthly from EV fleet data at Te Manatu Waka / Ministry of Transport. The fleet size includes all EVs registered, less those that have been scrapped or de-registered.
By James Foster
Updated as at October 31, 2021