There are only a few more weeks until electric vehicles (EVs) will be required to pay road user charges (RUC) in New Zealand.  

Many of you would have seen that from 1st April 2024, light electric vehicles weighing between 1,001kg and 3,500kg will require road user charges (RUC) to operate legally on our roads. For many of us who haven’t owned a diesel vehicle in New Zealand, it will be our first time paying RUCs.

Registered drivers of GoTo Car Share can now choose and book a Tesla Model 3 as part of the fleet of on-demand car hire in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty. The latest edition to the fleet offers a premium driving experience for your next journey, easy long distance trips with minimal charging stops, a weekend away, or a special night out!


EV Car Sharing Revolution Finally Comes to Tauranga With Launch of GoTo Car Share

Tauranga, Bay of Plenty – October 10, 2022 – Residents of Tauranga can now take advantage of EV car sharing, thanks to the launch of GoTo Car Share.  The new company offers the use of EVs from durations of 30 minutes to an entire weekend.

Founder Steven Vincent says that the inspiration for the company stemmed from the growth of the sharing economy, as well as the desire to see fewer cars on the road, which helps to reduce our carbon footprint.  He also observed the popularity of car sharing in major cities in Aotearoa and thought a similar service would be beneficial in Tauranga, which has a population of more than 155,000, with an estimated 52,000 commuter cars on the road each day.

According to EECA, if all light vehicles in Aotearoa were electric, it's estimated that our current total electricity demand could increase by around 20%. If the majority of EVs are charged during off-peak periods, this shouldn't pose a problem as the increase in demand could still be accommodated within New Zealand's current electricity grid, even allowing for the uncertainties of renewable generation.

Friday, 29 July 2022 20:19

The benefits of car sharing

Many of us have previously taken great pride in owning and running a car. And for some people, vehicle ownership remains a necessity due to their home or work location. But, an increasing section of the urban population are starting to view car ownership as a burden. The car sharing industry is answering the call, enabled by shifts in technology and attitudes. The benefits of shared car services span a number of outcomes; including cost, resource usage, health, environmental and more.