The future of transport at Te Wananga o Raukawa

A $20,000 Nissan Leaf and a $200,000 Tesla at TWOR
A $20,000 Nissan Leaf and a $200,000 Tesla at TWOR

Dozens of electric vehicles stopped in at TWOR on Thursday 14 April, as part of a nationwide road trip to raise awareness of new technology. Lots of interested Ōtaki people took the opportunity to find out about these quiet, racy looking, ultra-modern leaders of energy conservation.

A BMW, another Tesla and a Nisan Leaf gave interested people a silent journey
A BMW, another Tesla and a Nisan Leaf gave interested people a silent journey

There were three Tesla supercars. Costing over $130,000, there are now more than 30 in the country. They can travel over 380km on one overnight charge, accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in less than 3 seconds and will take your breath away with their clever innovative design. At the other end of the spectrum there were a number of Nissan Leafs. They are available second-hand for $20,000, have a range of 160km and are silent and impressive. Ōtaki beach resident, Phil Malpas, is the first local to acquire a Leaf, and if you ask him nicely, will take you for a ride. You’ll be impressed with its quietness, its rapid acceleration and its innovative design. No oil changes, few moving parts, no pollution — they are the future. There are now around 500 Leafs on NZ’s roads.   

MY16_FutureTransport5Best of all, shortly Ōtaki will have its own charging station. In a joint venture between charge.net.nz and New World, brokered by Energise Ōtaki, you’ll be able to charge your electric vehicle while you do your grocery shopping.  Wicked, eh? 

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