Robbing Peter to pay Paul, "solving" one problem to then only cause another/others. Wait until we start stockpiling the used batteries!My current view on electric vehicles is that they are a waste of time , because the extra energy to run them is generated by fossil fuel generation, which runs at a thermal efficiency of 25% and a modern petrol car runs at between 30 to 40%. so not counting the huge amount of co2 required to make the lithium they are still making the situation worse than a petrol engine. All that they are doing is transferring the carbon footprint from the car to the power station. A greenie that I was pointing this out to said " but we are 80% renewable to which I replied that we are already using the 80% and you cannot use it twice. The fact is that the renewable energy in NZ is a finite figure of KW and any extra requirements such as extra electric vehicles is generated with fossil fuels. The use of the 80% figure in this context is a complete wrongful miss use of statistics. The use of electric vehicles is only justified if they are charged from a renewable source and the additional load on the national grid is not renewable. However non plug in Hybrids are good for the environment.
Whilst I agree the govt should be seen to be doing their "part" it needs to be tangible and overall effective otherwise a pointless exercise and making any organisations (such as NZDF, police etc) day to day job harder/costlier/limited with no clear benefits just to prove a point is ironically a waste of resources imo. I'm sure there are certain applications but an overall blanket implementation policy is wishful thinking at best, down right dangerous at worst.