“We know people can get worried when driving an EV that they are going to run out of charge. This installed network of chargers goes a long way in reducing this fear and opens up the region significantly for the use of EVs. “The chargers mean businesses aren’t restricted to only using the vehicles around Christchurch city. They can drive across the region and be confident they can re-charge the vehicle when necessary, all the while helping lower carbon emissions and still meeting their own business’ economic objectives,” Paul says. He says taking part in the initiative gives businesses a chance to assess the benefits of switching to EVs before having to make a firm commitment or monetary investment.
From a total cost of ownership perspective, EVs are forecast to become cheaper than petrol or diesel vehicles within the next few years and the scheme can help businesses consider how they could implement a conversion from a traditional fossil fuel fleet.
Paul says Orion’s own electric fleet will continue to grow as more of the specialised vehicles required by the company come onto the market.