Growing list of EVs for government agencies to choose from

Published: 30 October 2019

The addition of two more Electric Vehicle (EV) suppliers on the All-of-Government (AoG) Motor Vehicles contract will give government agencies more choice as they work towards having an emissions free government fleet, John Ivil, General Manager New Zealand Government Procurement and Property announced today.

In total there are now 13 vehicle suppliers on the contract with nine of those suppliers able to provide EVs for purchase or lease. 137 government agencies must purchase through the (AoG) Motor Vehicles contract.

“The market is changing and we are doing everything we can to enable agencies to move with the market and make the most of today’s technology,” says John Ivil.

“Additionally, today’s news means that more EVs will be available that are suitable for general government use, along with additional EVs that address the specialised needs of some government agencies.”

Government has set an expectation that, when government agencies replace their existing light vehicles, they will purchase options at least 20 per cent below their current light vehicle fleet’s average emissions profile. This is one part of a larger programme of work to reduce emissions from the transport sector. 

“The Government is committed to reducing emissions and waste as part of New Zealand’s transition to a net-zero emissions economy by 2050, but there will be some circumstances where suitable vehicles aren’t yet available. This may include front-line police vehicles and vehicles travelling longer distances but the expectations will ensure that those departments that can’t move to electric just yet are still picking the most efficient vehicles possible.”

“Advances in technology translates into an expansion of choice for government agencies – we are definitely moving in the right direction.”

“The Government has a target that, where practicable, all government light-vehicles will be emissions-free by 2025/26.” says John Ivil.

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