Increasing the use of electric vehicles in New Zealand will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the long term.

A Life Cycle Analysis report commissioned by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) found electric vehicles (EVs) are better for the New Zealand environment than petrol or diesel powered vehicles, across the lifecycle of the vehicle as well as in use.

The report looks at the impacts of a vehicle across its entire life — from resource extraction to production, use on the road and finally disposal at the end of the vehicle’s life.

Pure EVs have around 60 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions than petrol vehicles, and around 80 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions when driven in New Zealand, as a result of our abundance of renewable electricity.

The report can be downloaded from EECA’s website: