More Government EVs get the green light

Published: 11 September 2019

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking to offer agencies greater choice of electric vehicles and electric vehicle suppliers.

John Ivil, General Manager of New Zealand Procurement and Property, says Suppliers of electric vehicles who are not currently on the All-of-Government (AoG) Motor Vehicles contract are being encouraged to submit proposals to the Government Electronic Tender Service (GETS) by Friday, 13 September.

Electric vehicles have been available for government agencies to purchase through the AoG contract since 2016, but the industry has undergone significant change since then, says John Ivil.

“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.

“This is about creating more vehicle choice for agencies as more efficient options come into the market.”

Reducing emissions and increasing access to electric vehicles is part of the Government’s Broader Outcomes(external link) strategy, which prioritises areas where the Government’s annual procurement spend can help achieve broader cultural, social, economic and environmental outcomes.

“We are committed to reframing how we make our purchase decisions so that we can achieve the most public value. This includes making choices to protect our environment by moving to a low emissions economy.” John Ivil says.

The Government has a goal that its fleet should be emissions free, where practicable, by 2025/26.

The Government Fleet Emissions Dashboard (updated quarterly) was established in April 2019 as a tool to provide agencies with greater transparency of their emissions profile and encourage the transition of their light vehicle fleet to lower emissions alternatives.

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