National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Whangarei, New Zealand
Sep 08-16, 2018

Days: September 8-16, 2018 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: September 8, 2018 07:00 to 10:00
Location: Whangarei Farmers Market
36 Water Street
Whangarei, New Zealand 0148
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2018.

Event Report

"Whangarei New Zealand's Most EV Friendly City" Lived up to its name during the International Drive Electric Week 2018. We enjoyed fantastic Spring Weather and the Whangarei Farmers Market Proved to be a favourite with over 265 people directly engaged, over 35 test drives and lots of in-depth questions. We have seen the level of questions go from curious to serious. Petrol prices are $2.35 per litre and going up. We also had the new Hyundai Kona, 2018 LEAF, Renault Zoe, E-Golf, Tesla Model S and a guest appearance from EVIA the restored 1956 Ford Fairlane.

Our static display at Whangarei District Council main Foyer attracted lots of attention and we ran through more than 300 fliers about EVs.

Very happy with the level of interest and community engagement.

photo by: Russell Watson c.o. Northpower
Tesla Model S, Renault Zoe and Hyundai Kona at the Whangarei Growers Market.

Event Description


Saturday 8th September O7:00 to 10:00 Whangarei Farmers Market - We plan to kick off Drive Electric Week internationally at 07:00 at the Whangarei Farmers Market. We will have EVs on display and have EV owners available to answer any questions and give test drives.   

Saturday 8th September 10:30 to 12:30 Drive to the Totara Café 11 Wairau Dr, Tikipunga, Whangarei 0112.  Join us for morning tea and chat about EVs and why they are so important for New Zealand to be able to meet the Paris Climate Change Targets for reducing CO2 emissions. New Zealand's grid is approximately 85% renewable and closer to 95% renewable at night when most charging happens.

Wednesday 12th September Northland Regional Council, 36 Water Street Whangarei, 17:30 till 19:30 - After 5 EV event with Guest Speaker EV Super Star Carl Barlev.

Saturday 15 September  07:00 to 10:00 Whangarei Farmers Market, we will have EVs on display and have EV owners available to answer any questions and give test drives.   

There will be a week long Electric Car display at Whangarei District Council, Forum North Foyer showcasing Whangarei "New Zealand's Most EV Friendly City" award  September 8 to 16. 

Registered Attendees

There are currently 21 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 4
Other Plug-In Vehicle 2
BMW i3 1
Ioniq Electric 1
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 1
Nissan Leaf (2018+) 1
6 Models 10

Registered attendees report 214,200 electric miles driven.

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