In recent years, countries worldwide have recognized the importance of transitioning towards sustainable transportation solutions. Electric vehicles (EVs) have emerged as a key component in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and securing a cleaner transport system. The New Zealand government has recently announced a budget allocation of $120 million to expand the country's electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. This investment aims to provide greater certainty to New Zealanders adopting EVs by expanding the national network of charging hubs, so let's explore how this fund compares globally.
The Government has a goal that, where practicable, its vehicle fleet will be emission-free by 2025/26. As of June 2023, Plug-in electric vehicles represent 1.77% of the vehicle fleet in New Zealand (https://www.transport.govt.nz/area-of-interest/environment-and-climate-change/electric-vehicles-programme/).