Charging Our Future

Closed 11 May 2023

Opened 22 Mar 2023


In May 2022, the Government released Aotearoa New Zealand’s first emissions reduction plan. The plan sets out how Aotearoa New Zealand will meet the first emissions budget for 2022–25 and put us on track to meet future emissions budgets.

Transport is one of our largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions and is responsible for 17 per cent of Aotearoa New Zealand’s gross emissions and 39 per cent of total domestic CO2 emissions.

The Emissions Reduction Plan includes the action to rapidly adopt low-emissions vehicles including by improving EV-charging infrastructure across Aotearoa to ensure that all New Zealanders can charge when they need to. 

While electric vehicles are not a panacea, they have a big role to play as part of our future decarbonised transport system, complementing increased opportunities for adults and children to safely walk, cycle and use high-quality public transport.

We need an EV Charging Strategy to provide certainty to all parties about the role government will play in supporting EV charging infrastructure.

This is particularly true given:

  • EV ownership is already ahead of projected levels
  • the technological environment for EVs is dynamic.

For these reasons, we are releasing the draft Charging Our Future strategy, along with this discussion document, for public consultation.

The Government is also conscious of the need to allow all New Zealanders access to EV charging and the benefits of EVs, no matter where they live or which demographics they belong to.

These aspirations are incorporated in the vision of the draft strategy: that Aotearoa’s EV charging infrastructure supports the transition to and use of low-emissions transport by being accessible, affordable, convenient, secure and reliable.

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