The Government’s gotten itself in a pickle over its electric vehicle (EV) rebate scheme.
Unnecessarily, I would argue.
The issue is whether those whose work necessitates the use of utes — farmers and tradies in particular — should be ‘penalised’ (as they see it) by levies on their vehicles, which tend to rank high in terms of fuel use and emissions, with the rebates going to subsidise ‘normal’ auto users who have numerous EV options.
It is true that today the Uters (ute-users) haven’t a real choice in terms of an EV that can meet their heavy-duty needs. But in fact, they soon will. The truck world is quickly changing.
Recently I wrote at length — Ford trucks on — about the just announced Ford F-150 Lightning, an EV/pick-up truck that outperforms any ute/pick-up now on the road on New Zealand (and Ford manufactures most of those) — all-wheel drive at all times, 230 mile (370kms) and 300 mile (482kms) battery options, full charge overnight, tows 10,000 pounds (4.5 tonnes), hits 96km/hr in 4.5 seconds. Can even power your home for 3-10 days in an emergency. Would sell for about NZ$55k.
Ford sells more pick-up trucks in New Zealand and the world by far than any other manufacturer. It has ‘bet the farm’ on this EV-ute … so soon our Uters will have a super choice. And then soon thereafter they won’t have a choice, because Ford (and others) will cease producing petrol/diesel trucks, full stop.
So yes, Jacinda erred in claiming Toyota has a suitable EV truck. They don’t. Too bad for them.
But Ford does. They go on sale next May, and already 100,000 orders have been placed.
Jacinda, place an order today from NZ for 100 Ford-150 Lightnings. It will only cost $10k to reserve 100 vehicles for delivery next year.
Buy them for the Government fleet. Or have a contest next year and award them to the 100 farmers and tradies who make the best case as to why they deserve one.
Just get them here as fast as you can. Uters will love you.