Waiheke is a small island in New Zealand with just over 8,000 inhabitants and a mobile fleet of around 7,000 vehicles. This has been proposed as an objective for the year 2030: to be the first residence in the world exclusively for electric cars.
Sustainable mobility is in the mouths of all governments. Many of these have been forced to limit, or directly prohibit, the use of traditional combustion engines. The objective pursued by Waiheke is an initiative born from the association “Electric Island Waiheke” whose purpose is to turn this small island into the first residential space exclusively for electric cars. Vern Whitehad, spokesman for the association, notes that the price of gas in Waiheke is one of the highest in New Zealand, which is hurting the most vulnerable families. And he is sure that this project will turn their island into a space of cheap and clean energy.
The dimensions of Waiheke make this place an ideal space for the development of this initiative. And the island is 19.3 kilometers long and has a width that varies between 0.64 and 9.65 kilometers, with a total area of about 92 square kilometers. To these dimensions it is added that the maximum distance that can be covered by its roads is lower than the average autonomy of electric cars, such as Tesla, Nissan Leaf, etc.
Currently, the island of New Zealand has a mobile fleet of about 7,000 vehicles as we have indicated before. Of all these cars, only 80 of them have electric motors. The objective is that by 2030 all of its vehicles are electric. For those residents who can’t afford the price of this type of vehicle, it is expected that they can get one of them in the second hand market, since from now to the expected date, considerable growth of this market is expected. New Zealand politicians strongly support this initiative and are moving it to other parts of the country. With this project, not only would it protect and take care of the environment, but it would also be an important saving for citizens.