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Planning for electric vehicles

On 5 May 2016, the Government announced its electric vehicle uptake package, a cross-government programme of work that aims to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand to reach 64,000 vehicles by the end of 2021, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

Electric vehicles

Cross-agency programme of work on the MoT website(external link).

As part of this programme, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has focused on enabling and supporting public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles by:

  • leading the development of nationwide guidance, to ensure safe, consistent access to, and usability of, the network
  • defining a vision for a nationwide public charging infrastructure network and identifying sites on state highways that could be suitable for charging infrastructure.

National guidance for public electric vehicle charging infrastructure

We have worked closely with local and central government agencies, power companies, technology providers and the motor industry, to produce public charging infrastructure guidance and information.

National guidance

Vision – nationwide public charging infrastructure network

Waka Kotahi believes it is important that electric vehicle drivers feel confident to roam across New Zealand’s state highways. In April 2017, we set a vision for nationwide coverage of charging stations. 

Nationwide public charging infrastructure network


EVRoam is a live database of New Zealand’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure. It collects real-time information from all safe and monitored public charge points around New Zealand, and freely distributes it.


Tools for investors

Waka Kotahi administers land alongside state highways that may be suitable for public charging infrastructure. 

Other sets of transport data

About electric vehicles

An electric vehicle has a different engine to a petrol or diesel fuelled vehicle – it has an electrical motor that is powered by a battery which is charged by connecting it into an external source of electricity.

Electric vehicle types

More about electric vehicles, including electric vehicles at home, electric vehicles in your business, charging, range and cost(external link)