Tagged: electric cars

So it begins: The Climate Change Commission’s advice to government and what happened next - Planetary Ecology

Robert McLachlan Jun 23, 2021

What’s that? You wanted action, not just words, on climate change? And you wanted it now, not next year or the year after? How about something big, really big, maybe also diving right into the heart of an emotional, touchstone issue – say, the private car?  Welcome to the EV subsidy. The New Zealand government has surprised and delighted electric vehicle … Read More

NZ’s clean car discount is a turn in the right direction, but how much will it drive consumer demand? - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Jun 22, 2021

Basil Sharp, University of Auckland   New Zealand faces two enormous challenges if it is to meet its international climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement: biogenic methane emissions from agriculture, and carbon emissions from industry and transport. For now, there seems little prospect of significantly reducing agricultural emissions, short of reducing actual livestock numbers, because the technology is … Read More

Climate policy that relies on a shift to electric cars risks entrenching existing inequities - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Jun 01, 2021

Alistair Woodward, University of Auckland; Kirsty Wild, University of Auckland, and Rhys Jones, University of Auckland   At the end of this month, the Climate Change Commission will deliver its final advice to government, outlining how New Zealand can reach its climate targets. New Zealand has committed to reaching net zero emissions of long-lived greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide … Read More

Could electric car batteries feed power back into the grid? - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Aug 05, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why can’t I use the battery from my electric car to export solar power to the grid when … Read More

Should I ditch my fossil-fueled car? - Planetary Ecology

Robert McLachlan Jan 09, 2020

Yes. Reducing the number of cars in your household, or switching from petrol/diesel to electric, will dramatically reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. It’s one of the easiest and highest-impact climate steps you can take. New Zealand is being flooded with cars The New Zealand vehicle fleet is increasing rapidly. In the five years 2012-2017,  1,420,000 vehicles were imported and 660,000 … Read More

Electric vehicles are their consequences - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Mar 25, 2018

Electric vehicles are increasingly popular, but for society they aren’t as simple as “plug ‘n drive”. Vector energy have produced a useful green paper on the implications of electric vehicles for NZ’s energy system I wrote last year about some of the issues facing a growing electric vehicle fleet here. Vector explores some of … Read More

Electric cars – a slow hope - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Apr 28, 2016

Dr Janet Stephenson Experts, just about everyone and even the government would like New Zealanders to be zipping around in electric cars. But it won’t happen, at least not rapidly. Otago University’s Director of the Centre for Sustainability Dr Janet Stephenson explains. She also tells us why New Zealanders are buying photovoltaic solar panels, wonders why we’re buying … Read More

Electric cars charging ahead in NZ - Guest Work

Aimee Whitcroft Dec 21, 2015

Transport – it’s all around us all the time, but how often do many of us actually think deeply about it? Beyond banging our steering wheel in frustration at gridlocked traffic or a slow truck, or having an opinion about driverless cars, that is. Which brings me to electric vehicles (EV), one of my favourite topics of conversation, … Read More

Episode 33: Sweet and sour - The Sciblogs Podcast

Peter Griffin Jun 22, 2012

A bumper edition this week of the Sciblogs podcast owing to the huge amount of interesting science news around the traps. The last electric sports car? I kick off with my Science Media Centre colleagues John Kerr and Dacia Herbulock analysing what’s come out of the Rio20+ summit in Brazil – what have the world’s nation’s agreed … Read More

The Electric Car and metrics - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Sep 01, 2009

I was reading in the New Zealand Herald at the weekend about a curious problem relating to electric cars. But it's not a technological problem - it's one of language.My car runs on petrol. It's fuel economy is pretty easy to measure. Start with a full tank, take a note of the odometer, run it until the gauge gets … Read More