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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.

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