Ebbett Loan Fleet Goes Electric

We are delighted to announce that we will be upgrading our entire loan car fleet from fossil fuel to electric vehicles in 2019, further demonstrating our commitment to being one of the region’s leaders in automotive sustainability.

Further to the success of our Think Blue Waikato scheme (www.thinkbluewaikato.co.nz) we have now been approved for co-funding of our loan car replacement project in the latest round of the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, announced at the end of January.

The fund, administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), aims to encourage innovation and investment in projects that accelerate the uptake of electric and other low emission vehicles in New Zealand.

The co-funding investment will allow us to run a full EV fleet of nine loan cars, to be offered to customers as short-term replacement vehicles if their own vehicles are unavailable for use while being serviced. We expect this scheme to allow around 2500 customers per year to experience the amazing e-Golf, with expertise and advice on-hand to support the learnings around driving electric.

Dealer Principal, Poll Oosthuizen said “Whilst our Think Blue Waikato scheme has been great in helping businesses transition their fleet to EV, we still felt there was a job to do in offering our individual customers the same ease of access to trialling electric vehicles. We’re delighted that EECA agreed that this project would be a benefit to the region and we can’t wait to get started.”

“Electric vehicles are great for the environment, not only for the zero tail pipe emissions but also because 85% of NZ electricity is renewably generated so we benefit on both sides. We are really committed to being leaders in a more sustainable Waikato and this is another project we can run to help with that goal.”

So, in the next few months, if you book your car into our workshop you’ll be able to drive away in an e-Golf for the day – a great opportunity to give them a try!