Electric vehicle options in New Zealand

The increasing variety of EVs in the New Zealand market means there is now an EV to suit your work and lifestyle.

Electric vehicles available in New Zealand

Mass-produced electric cars have been on sale to the New Zealand public since 2011, both new and as second-hand imports.

When thinking about purchasing an EV, considerations should include operating costs. EVs cost far less to operate than petrol and diesel vehicles - the equivalent of paying 30c per litre for petrol. This means that if you look at the total cost of owning a vehicle, rather than just the one-off purchase price, an EV is a great option for your next car.

Price guide for new and used EVs - EV Talk website

New EV models available in New Zealand - Drive Electric website

Types of electric vehicles

Battery EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs are the two main types of electric vehicle.

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs)

  • A purely electric vehicle, powered only by the battery, which can be charged by plugging into an electric power point.
  • Examples: Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe and Tesla S. Renault Kangoo and Nissan eNV200 vans are also available in New Zealand.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)

  • Have two engines: one powered by a battery, which can be charged by plugging into an electric power point, the other engine fuelled from a fuel tank, which generally uses petrol or diesel.
  • Examples: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, BMW i3 (range extender model) and Audi e-tron.

Hybrids that don't plug-in are more fuel efficient than a comparable petrol car, but are not electric vehicles. Their batteries are only charged by re-capturing energy when braking or from electricity generated by the engine. The Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid are examples of these kinds of hybrids.

 Read more about hybrid vehicles