The New Zealand government should lead from the front by making sure its own vehicles are powered by electricity – an overseas expert says.
The government has been repeatedly attacked over electric cars – most recently by the Labour Party – which found that between April and October last year only eight of 2000 vehicles bought for the government were electric.
In its defence the government has said it is investigating bulk purchasing of electric cars as part of its pledge to increase the electric fleet in total.
It currently runs 32 diesel-powered BMW limousines.
At the time of their purchase doubts were expressed about the range and practicality of electric cars.
But Mr Carvallo said the government should move fast on this matter – saying there was potential to cut New Zealand’s transport sector emissions by about 25 percent.