Christchurch only has 4 electric buses in the City. This is bad we need them all to be electric.
Have a read at the pathetic document which has been produced on Transportation for greater Christchurch. Here’s a link to it. Quite frankly, it’s a disgrace. It’s bland and unimaginative. Is this where our transport planning has got to?
In the Press in January John McCrone wrote this great article on transportation in Canterbury https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/117875372/a-trip-back-to-the-future-for-christchurch-public-transport.
Then consider the plan by Auckland Transport for their electrification of their transport fleet which is forward looking and imaginative. Here it is . Look at the savings Auckland Transport recorded ..
To foster debate on electric busses our first speaker for 2020 will be Elizabeth Yeaman who worked for EECA for 2 decades, and who now works as a consultant promoting the electrification of the New Zealand transport fleet.
Elizabeth will speak to the topic “NZ is well suited to electric trucks and electric buses – so what’s the hold up?”
Elizabeth will cover the following topics:
- Why NZ is well suited – some facts including addressing questions like “where will all the electricity come from?”
- The status of electric trucks and electric buses globally
- A look at total cost of ownership
- Comparison between other low carbon technologies, including as hydrogen
- The re-use of batteries
- Challenges such as costs of large fleet charging infrastructure (long term investment) vs short term bus contract
- Policy options to address some of the hold ups.
We will be looking carefully at Transport options at the Tuesday Club and ask the question of why we are missing out on transport funding in this area. Is it because our Local Authorities are not collaborating? Is it because the local NZTA is not pushing our case properly at the national level?
The funding is flowing to other areas. Why not here?