PHOTO CAPTION: Mitsubishi i MiEV is being tested in New Zealand.

New Zealand Electric Car Fleet Could Be Powered by Wind

The iMiEV will be built in Japan from August, initially priced at about $60,000, and Mitsubishi NZ hopes it will be on sale here from next year.

Published: 24-Mar-2009

New Zealand's entire fleet of cars could be made up of electric vehicles powered by wind turbines, a conference will hear today.

Dr Bruce Smith, director of modelling and forecasting at the Electricity Commission, will tell a biofuels and electric vehicles conference in Wellington that electric vehicles have the ability to smooth the peaks and troughs of electricity supply so efficiently they could triple the country's capacity to use wind power.

He estimates that if 2.5 million of New Zealand's roughly 4 million registered vehicles were electric, the whole electric fleet could run off 3000MW of wind generation - about three times the amount of wind power that is built or ready for construction today.


TH!NK city is 95 percent recyclable, and is designed to meet the strict safety requirements of both Europe and the US, as a highway-safe road car. Pictured is Th!nk Open convertible.

New infrastructure may help launch electric cars in Israel and Denmark. Pictured is Renault Z17, a possible candidate for both Israeli and Dane electric car programs.

Production of the Smera will commence in 2009, and Lumeneo expects to produce 250 unit next year.


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