EVWorld NZ



Join 200+ key stakeholders shaping the new Electric Vehicle fleet in NZ.  

The evworld NZ Industry Conference is a great way for Fleet Managers to understand the demands and opportunities of the future NZ fleet, the role of EVs including their advantages, and how introducing EVs into your fleet has a strong cost benefit analysis for CAPEX and OPEX. 

Work with the key stakeholders as the future regulatory and commercial landscapes are moved forward. 



Opening remarks from the Chair
Andrew Caseley, Chief Executive, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
International Keynote: The global outlook for the EVolution

Great strides are being made internationally with initiatives to support EV growth with goals of a more sustainable future. Peter Harrop evaluates the international EV World with what is driving global development, key learnings from the rollout overseas and opportunities to increase uptake as a result.

  • Analysing market forces driving the global uptake of EVs
  • Overcoming EV anxiety – examining effective policies and practices from governments to support ownership
  • Lessons from markets that do not offer incentives for EV uptake and market uptake predictions
Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx
The New Zealand context: Are we embracing the EV opportunity?

The government has set ambitious targets to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand with the goal of 64,000 EVs by 2021, recognising that EVs are the greatest opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and meet climate change targets. Hear from EECA, one of the organisations driving the success of the EV movement with developments in charging infrastructure, innovative technology and the impact of the EVs across the country.


Elizabeth Yeaman, Managing Director, Retyna Consulting Ltd
Morning break & refreshments
The EV business case: Procurement and Total Cost of Ownership

EVs can be a good way for procurement activity to support the broader businesses strategic goals. In this presentation members of the Westpac procurement team explain the defining features of an EV's Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

  • How can TCO analysis of EVs be engineered to deliver as much value to the business as possible?
  • What considerations, in addition to charging infrastructure, must be part of your analysis?
  • How does the TCO differ between an EV and the fossil fuel equivalent?
  • How can the true value proposition of an EV be quantified?
Brendon Baker, Corporate Sales Manager, BMW Group
Quickfire case studies: Learning from the early EV adopters

New Zealand has some excellent examples of EV pioneers who have committed to converting their fleet to EV, seeing it as an intelligent business decision whilst recognising that sustainability is a responsibility the private sector must undertake. Hear their stories, their lessons learned and what you need to know for your own EV fleet.

  1. Foodstuffs’ stories from trials of the Nissan EV delivery vans
    Mike Sammons, Sustainability Manager, Foodstuffs
  2. The Waste Management case study – upgrading and updating your fleet
    Adam Weller, Sustainability Manager, Waste Management New Zealand
  3. Green Cabs – lessons learned in pioneering an EV fleet
    Rob Wheeler, Wellington Manager, Green Cabs
Panel discussion: Maximising the EV opportunity in the commercial fleet

If New Zealand is to reach its EV goals, there needs to be investment from both the public and the private sector to move toward fully electric fleets. Can EVs be considered a business investment and a sustainable solution? Hear from thought leaders and join the discussion on the opportunities, business case and intelligent argument for both sides.

  • Policy drivers for the uptake of EVs and their outcomes to date
  • Assessing and meeting the tipping point for mass market adoption
  • Overcoming challenges to create a cost-effective leasing model
  • Addressing progress in the heavy fleet environment and overcoming barriers to adoption
Ken Shirley, CEO, Road Transport Forum
David Vinsen, Chief Executive, VIA, the vehicle import association
Brent Lewers, Principal Advisor - Electric Vehicles Programme, Ministry of Transport
Geoff Tipene, ‎Director, Drive Electric
Lunch break
Transmission tomorrow: the impact of EVs on electricity networks

With an increasing uptake of electric vehicles, there will be significant impact on the grid design and management to support the uptake of EVs.  Hear from New Zealand’s largest electricity distribution business, who is supporting the uptake of EVs by installing charging infrastructure, about this.

Simon Mackenzie, Group Chief Executive, Vector
EV world technology - advancing the EV movement

Part A: Technology companies globally are rapidly improving EV technology to assist with its global uptake. HMI are currently trialling NZ’s first autonomous vehicle and have identified that the next generation of AVs will demand intelligent batteries. Take this opportunity to hear from a leader of the EVolution on the future of battery technologies and the impact on both AVs and EVs into the future.

Dave Verma, Director Australasia AV Initiatives, HMI


Part B: The development of electric vehicles in New Zealand is contingent on the development of a nation-wide charging network. Hear from one of the leaders in the area on the success of the charging infrastructure so far and the future opportunities to allow for mass adoption of electric vehicles in the commercial fleet sector.

Steve West, Managing Director, ChargeNet NZ

OEM & Distributor panel – meeting the demand to service the 2021 goal

The EVolution is a shared journey and one of the key pieces of the puzzle is the OEM and distributors of EVs. The New Zealand market has been impacted by poor demand and leadership in the Australian market, so what can be done to meet the demand of the New Zealand market?

  • Developing New Zealand’s attractiveness as a market opportunity and EV destination for OEMs
  • Understanding the pipeline of supply to the new and used markets
  • Responding to changes in the service proposition for the motor industry
David Crawford, CEO, Motor Industry Association on New Zealand
Cliff McKenna, Principal Academic Staff Member , Wellington Institute of Technology & Whitireia Community Polytechnic
Henry Schmidt, Managing Director, Autolink Cars
Conrad Healy, Sales & Product Planner, Hyundai Motors New Zealand
Hayden Johnston, General Manager, GVI
Afternoon break & refreshments
Local government panel: Regional initiatives, challenges and opportunities

We bring together some of the most active local government bodies to share their experiences with encouraging EV adoption in their jurisdictions with innovative projects, charging infrastructure and facilitating collaborative efforts to increase the ownership of EVs.

  • Evaluating the success of current incentives to encourage EV adoption
  • Opportunities to foster collaboration within local government projects
  • Funding and ownership models to accelerate EV infrastructure – public versus private responsibility for development
Liz Halsted, Policy, Plans and Sustainability Manager, Auckand Transport
Vicki Buck, Councillor, Christchurch City Council
Councillor Sue Kedgley, Wellington Regional Councillor, Greater Wellington Regional Council
Political panel: Plans and policy to meet our ambitious EV targets

The way forward to meet New Zealand’s climate change targets is clearly intertwined with electric vehicles, but how are we going to meet the challenging targets set last year? What policies and incentives are needed to support and accelerate the uptake of EVs in the commercial sector? This is your opportunity to hear each party’s vision for New Zealand’s transport future and their roadmap of the journey to 64,000 EVs by 2021.

Julie Anne Genter, Member of Parliament, Green Party & Spokesperson for Transport, Auckland Issues, Health, ACC, Sports & Recreation, Youth, and Associate Finance
Brooke van Velden, Auckland Central Candidate, ACT Party
Michael Wood, MP for Mt Roskill, Labour Party & Spokesperson for Ethnic Communities, Transport, Consumer Affairs & Revenue
Tracey Martin, List Member of Parliament, NZ First
Tim Macindoe, Associate Minister Transport, National Party
Summary remarks from the Chair
Andrew Caseley, Chief Executive, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

Who should attend? 

  • Key government & transport policy/regulatory influencers
  • Local government 
  • Fleet owners & managers 
  • EV industry stakeholders 

Advisory Panel

  • David Crawford, Motor Industry Association
  • David Vinsen, IMVIA
  • Dee West, Better NZ Trust
  • Diane Green, Vector
  • James Cozens, Sol PR
  • Ken Shirley, Road Transport Federation
  • Liz Yeaman, EECA
  • Mark Gilbert, Drive Electric
  • Patrick Reynolds, Greater Auckland
  • Phil Jones, Sustainable Business Network
  • Steve West, ChargeNet NZ
  • Brent Lewers, Ministry of Transport



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