The fallout from Brexit isn’t all bad – for overseas consumers, anyway. The weak pound has prompted a rush on ecommerce sites and world-renowned furniture designer David Trubridge has taken it a step further and bought an electric BMW i3 at a sharp price. He took the opportunity to chat with Jenny Keown about how Kiwi businesses should be investing in sustainability.
We all know the story by now: since 2009, Volkswagen has been using software on their onboard computers which make their diesel cars recognise when they’re being tested for emissions, turning on a pollution control (known as a ‘defeat device’) which is otherwise inactive. The 11 million cars with the software installed were able to pass rigorous US emissions testing while in fact emitting approximately 35 times the US limit.
Expat Ed Kjaer returned to New Zealand this week for a showing at New Zealand's first electric vehicle symposia in Auckland and Wellington. As Southern California Edison’s director of plug-in vehicle readiness programme, he's learned a thing or two about electric cars and has some informed opinions about where the industry's headed.
They've been around since 2008 so it's common enough to see fuel economy labels on new petrol or diesel-powered vehicles. But ever seen a similar label for electric vehicles? In a move that bodes well for the growth of the electric car market, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority has introduced the electric vehicle label, giving consumers independent, comparative information on the efficiency and running costs of vehicles.
A Kiwi company could be revolutionising the electric car market, thanks to the recent London launch of the world’s first wireless technology, which allows parked or moving electric cars to charge automatically. Called IPT (Inductive Power Transfer), it works by fitting cars with a receiver pad to charge automatically when parked over transmitter pads buried into the ground. The wireless charging pads are designed to function beneath asphalt, submerged in water or covered in ice and snow. Fast-forward into the future, and the technology could be embedded into road infrastructure so IPT cars can be charged on the move.