Dunedin bid to gather most electric vehicles

Dunedin woman Pam McKinlay is hoping more than 200 electric vehicles owners will assemble in...
Dunedin woman Pam McKinlay is hoping more than 200 electric vehicles owners will assemble in Dunedin in September to set a New Zealand record for the most electric vehicles at the same place at the same time. Photo: John Cosgrove.
Electric vehicle (EV) owners in Otago are being called on to help set  a New Zealand record for the largest number of plug-in cars in the same place at the same time.

Christchurch holds the record with 100, but Otago event organiser Pam McKinlay is hoping  to attract the owners of more than 200 Otago EVs  to the record attempt at the harbourside car park at Forsyth Barr Stadium  on September 10, Mrs McKinlay said.

Otago was second in New Zealand behind Auckland in having  the highest number of EVs registered per 1000 people, with more than 240EVs in the region.

The event is part of Dunedin’s Great Big EV Day Out gala, coinciding   with National Drive Electric Week. There would be information booths to talk attendees through range  and connectivity questions and  electric vehicles would be available to test drive.

As at December 31 last year of the 4.8 million vehicles registered in New Zealand 2503 were pure EVs and 16,520 were hybrids.

- John Cosgrove

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