Auckland Transport has joined the EV revolution by adding 20 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Vehicles (EVs) to our fleet.
This is the single largest EV purchase as part of the Government procurement programme. The cost of the cars and the charging infrastructure is just under $1.2 million.
As a C40 city, Auckland must play their part in tackling climate change and lead by example. Auckland Transport’s purchase of EVs sends a clear signal that we are serious about reducing emissions and protecting the environment.
Climate change is one of our greatest environmental challenges of time and setting ambitious zero-emission targets will be necessary to make a serious impact on reducing our carbon emissions and contributing to the Paris Agreement.
Achieving this target requires the first step to be reducing the size of Auckland Transport’s vehicle fleet, and then reduce the emissions of the remaining fleet vehicles.
Auckland Transport have already made a concerted effort to “right size” the fleet by removing underutilised vehicles and prioritising the removal of older and underperforming (from an emissions perspective) vehicles. These efforts have allowed Auckland Transport to reduce the fleet size by 15%.
Hyundai Ioniqs are part of the new faster, stronger EV generation with a range of more than 200km. The multi-award winning fully electric car takes around four and a half hours to fully charge, or an 85% fast-charge option taking 25 minutes.
The purchase of 20 EVs will help reduce emissions from AT’s current fleet by 11% (65,662 kgCO2). The EV fleet is expected to save $0.25 per km travelled when comparing the cost of petrol to the cost of electricity to “fuel” the vehicle.
To accommodate these new vehicles, Auckland Transport installed 19 7kW EV chargers and one 25kW DC fast charger at headquarters. We also offer three electric bicycles and six pedal bikes as part of the fleet, providing staff with alternative low-carbon transport choices.