66 Magazine Issue 4 Summer 2018 - Page 24

AUDI & VEC TOR ALIGN AROUND EV OWNERSHIP Audi New Zealand and Vector have joined together to develop a range of solutions for electric vehicle owners, covering both domestic and commercial facilities. Vector, the country’s largest energy distribution company, has developed a consultancy service in partnership with Audi designed around the needs of broadening numbers of electric vehicle owners. The consultancy service will be centred around the new Audi e-tron arriving in mid-2019. The service will be available through Audi dealership and covers all areas of customer interaction from charging equipment choices, home power capacity checks, and the installations of approved charging equipment, right through to the latest generation electrical storage devices and connected solar power panels. Consumers contemplating EV ownership typically have many questions and given most owners charge to some degree at home, the focus must be on a seamless domestic charging experience to complement the public “fast charging” experience. “When we were looking for a premium national electrical partner, Vector were the clear choice,” said Dean Sheed, General Manager, Audi New Zealand. “The solutions we now have for our customers are second to none and offer innovative storage and generation solutions.” The Audi e-tron is the first fully electric vehicle NORWEGIAN EXPERT SHOWS T H E WAY O N E V A D O P T I O N Secretary General of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle (EV) Association, Christina Bu, was in New Zealand recently to meet with industry and government to discuss what New Zealand can learn from Norway’s world-leading conversion to electric vehicles. 22 66 MagAzine SUMMER 2018 Norway’s adoption of electric vehicles in the last few years is unprecedented, with 40 percent of transport on the Scandinavian nation’s roads now electrified. The NGO that has overseen the rapid transformation of the country’s national fleet to PHEV (plug-in hybrid) and BEV (battery electric) vehicles is the Norwegian EV Association. Playing an important role both nationally and internationally when it comes to from the German brand. The full-size SUV has two electric motors with a total output of 300kW and 664Nm of torque. It will cover over 400km on a single charge and is the first series production vehicle that can charge at fast charging stations with direct current (DC) at up to 150kW. It is also comfortable charging its 95kWh battery at home using normal 240-volt AC power in a “top-up” scenario. The Audi e-tron will also eventually be available with an induction charging pad for home or business use. promoting the transition, Secretary General of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle (EV) Association, Christina Bu, is a powerful voice in the EV industry. Ms Bu paid a visit to New Zealand during November to speak with industry leaders and politicians in back-to-back seminars about her first-hand knowledge of the Norwegian experience. Ms Bu has been keynote speaker and panellist at a long list of summits and conferences throughout Europe and the USA, discussing the challenges for the industry and issues of vehicle availability, charging and infrastructure, residual values, range limitations and cost. Ms Bu’s visit to New Zealand coincided with the country’s EV fleet approaching 11,000 registered vehicles, and the charging infrastructure network continuing to roll out throughout the provinces. But to achieve New Zealand’s national target of 64,000 EVs on the road by 2021, the rate of conversion will still need to grow dramatically. Ms Bu says both consumer and corporate sentiment is swinging rapidly towards EVs. In the important fleet buyer market, more than 30 key New Zealand companies have committed to a fleet of 30 percent EVs by 2019. Converting fleets to EVs provides the largest opportunity to transition towards wider adoption of electric vehicles, says Drive Electric, the EV advocacy group which sponsored Ms Bu’s visit in conjunction with Meridian and EECA.