A University of Canterbury study has found that Christchurch has a number of features which make it ideal for the deployment of electric vehicles.
The rebuild is a particular opportunity to put in place infrastructure, such as charging points at workplaces, and policies to create an electric-vehicle-friendly environment.
New Zealand has modest average private commuting distances, with light duty vehicles typically travelling less than 40 kilometres a day and only 10% of these vehicles covering distances of more than 84 kilometres – well within the range capabilities of current electric vehicles.
In addition, most of New Zealand's electricity comes from hydro, wind and geothermal sources. So, switching to electric vehicles would immediately reduce carbon emissions, as well as reducing the lifetime cost of owning and operating the vehicle.