Adoption of new energy technology commendable forward thinking

LETTER

Eastland Group’s announcement that it is considering establishing a regional charging system for electric vehicles and that it plans to electrify three quarters of its own fleet is commendable forward thinking.

Announcing plans to electrify much of the company fleet, Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd said the company viewed the proposal along the same lines as its other investigations on how regional New Zealand can take advantage of new energy technologies. Government funding is available for the establishment of things such as a regional EV exchange station.

A charging network links in with Eastland Group’s solar research trial launched earlier this year which is designed to help the company understand how consumers engage with emerging technologies and how these would impact on the network.

Development of solar energy for private homeowners is something of a two-edged sword for the Eastland Group. It has the ability to take the strain off a lines network that was shown to be vulnerable last week, although few believe it will ever fully replace electric power. On the other side, solar power has the potential to have a serious effect on Eastland Group’s earnings and the lines company is the jewel in its crown.

There seems to be general agreement that electric vehicles are the way of the future but there are some handicaps to overcome. Unfortunately there is a price differential for these vehicles and their range will have to be increased in a district like this which is so geographically widespread. That will hopefully come as technology advances, but there are an awful lot of internal combustion engines both here and throughout New Zealand. They will take many years to be replaced. Petrol/electric hybrids will become increasingly popular in the interim.

That should not deter Eastland Group, our district council, local businesses and the general public from keeping a close eye on the situation and being ready to adapt when they can. It could all be part of making Gisborne a green region that could be a national leader.

Eastland Group’s announcement that it is considering establishing a regional charging system for electric vehicles and that it plans to electrify three quarters of its own fleet is commendable forward thinking.

Announcing plans to electrify much of the company fleet, Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd said the company viewed the proposal along the same lines as its other investigations on how regional New Zealand can take advantage of new energy technologies. Government funding is available for the establishment of things such as a regional EV exchange station.

A charging network links in with Eastland Group’s solar research trial launched earlier this year which is designed to help the company understand how consumers engage with emerging technologies and how these would impact on the network.

Development of solar energy for private homeowners is something of a two-edged sword for the Eastland Group. It has the ability to take the strain off a lines network that was shown to be vulnerable last week, although few believe it will ever fully replace electric power. On the other side, solar power has the potential to have a serious effect on Eastland Group’s earnings and the lines company is the jewel in its crown.

There seems to be general agreement that electric vehicles are the way of the future but there are some handicaps to overcome. Unfortunately there is a price differential for these vehicles and their range will have to be increased in a district like this which is so geographically widespread. That will hopefully come as technology advances, but there are an awful lot of internal combustion engines both here and throughout New Zealand. They will take many years to be replaced. Petrol/electric hybrids will become increasingly popular in the interim.

That should not deter Eastland Group, our district council, local businesses and the general public from keeping a close eye on the situation and being ready to adapt when they can. It could all be part of making Gisborne a green region that could be a national leader.

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Stuart Dow - 2 years ago
So could reopening the railway line to cart freight. Rail is far more environmentally friendly than heavy trucks. If Gisborne wants to be a green region then rail MUST be part of the equation! And it can be electrified in the future, if viable. You can't electrify a heavy truck!

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