New electric vehicles added to All-of-Government Vehicles contract
New Zealand Government Procurement has announced that fifteen new electric vehicles have been added to the All-of-Government (AoG) vehicles contract, as part of an initiative to drive the uptake of electric vehicles within New Zealand.
As a result, agencies now have the compelling option of choosing electric vehicles over conventional petrol or diesel cars, helping achieve New Zealand’s goal of a low emission future.
Electric vehicles from Audi, BMW, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Renault have been added to the panel options, along with an existing electric vehicle from Mitsubishi.
For the first time ever, the AoG contract provides for the supply of near-new used electric vehicles as they become available, which will enhance the affordability of electric vehicles for agencies.
The panel of electric vehicle suppliers is open, which means car manufacturers can apply to join when they have new, or near new, electric vehicles available to supply the New Zealand market.
This procurement has achieved its aim of enhancing the number of Electric Vehicle models available through the AoG panel and provides access to the broadest range of product available to New Zealand at prices that are exceptionally good against the recommended retail price.
All of the vehicles meet the servicing and safety standards required by government and provide Agencies a wide range of vehicles for matching against Agency fit-for-purpose and value for money requirements.
Working with the private sector is another key part of the joint government-industry programme to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand to reach 64,000 vehicles by 2021.
New Zealand Government Procurement will work with the private sector to increase electric vehicle fleet purchases by periodically combining government agency demand for EVs with private sector demand before approaching the panel.
This approach is aimed at achieving improved pricing while increasing the choice of vehicles available in New Zealand; an important step towards creating a favourable environment for business to be switching to electric vehicles.
More information on the Electric Vehicles contract is available here.
Agencies currently participating in the AoG Vehicles contract can access these new panel options via the standard catalogue which will be refreshed by Tuesday 20 December 2016.