Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced a record funding boost, totalling more than $11 million, towards low emission transport.
31 new low emissions transport projects will share over $11 million of funding to help more Kiwis make use of new transport technology.
The funding is made up of $4.3 million of government co-funding and $7.3 million of funds from the private sector, and is the largest round of new funding from the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund yet.
The Government is also funding a further 34 new public charging spaces for electric vehicles right around New Zealand, including several at South Island tourism hot-spots, to create a national infrastructure of EV charging.
TIA members who have received funding:
Ngāi Tahu Tourism EV Charging Network - $139,000
In partnership with ChargeNet, Ngāi Tahu Tourism plans to install seven public fast-charging stations, helping to expand coverage of the electric vehicle charging network to five of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations. The proposed locations are Franz Josef Hot Pools, Dart River Adventures Glenorchy, Earth and Sky Takapō (Tekapo), Shotover Jet Queenstown and Hukafalls Jet Taupō. The stations will help fill in key gaps in tourism routes.
EV-Friendly Rotorua - $132,000
ChargeNet will install three public 50kW fast chargers at key tourism locations in Rotorua, further expanding coverage of the electric vehicle charging network. The intended locations are Rotorua Airport, Rotorua Skyline, and Rotorua Te Puia, all of which receive significant numbers of visitors each year, and lie on the main routes into and out of Rotorua.
Real Journeys: Electrifying the Journey - EV Stage 1 - $167,254
Real Journeys will start transitioning its fleet through procurement of two Hyundai Konas, and installation of EV charging stations in three locations at Te Anau, Queenstown and Manapouri, helping to further expand electric vehicle charging and viability in tourism destinations.