TRANSPORT – Would you like a free electric vehicle for the day?

23 May 2017

A major joint venture is bringing electric vehicles to regular business flyers in New Zealand.

SBN member Christchurch Airport has joined with Wellington and Auckland Airports to launch the Electric Day Pass Scheme. This targets regular business travellers flying into any of the three cities on a weekday and out the same day. It allows them to use an electric vehicle (EV) for the day free of charge.

Rhys Boswell is general manager strategy and sustainability at Christchurch Airport. He says the initiative reinforces the airport’s target to reduce carbon emissions by at least 20% by 2025.

“We are passionate about championing sustainability through protecting the environment, minimising the use of natural resources and improving the quality of life for our community. We are focusing on energy and waste reduction by implementing new technologies. The Electric Day Pass is one way we are creating this change and also promoting the uptake of EVs in the South Island.”

Fellow SBN member AMP is among the first companies to sign up for the scheme.

Blair Vernon, Managing Director, AMP Financial Services, said: “We think electric vehicles are a real game-changer for New Zealand. The trial complements our commitment to ensure that at least 30 per cent of our vehicle fleet is electric within the next three years. Having tested electric vehicles over the past few months, we think this initiative will do a lot to help normalise the electric vehicle driving experience for Kiwis.”

Phil Jones, SBN’s project lead, says: “EVs are being integrated into New Zealand’s transport system. In this case they may also be providing a more sustainable way to plug the gap left by an absence of rapid transit links to major airports.”

To find out more about SBN’s work on electric vehicles, contact phil@sustainable.org.nz