Where are the EV's that will solve this issue? Nowhere. If you can provide evidence that there're 500,000 EV;s at ports in NZ with the same on the way continually to update our fleet then I agree. There isn't though. So we can act NOW and reduce emissions from ICE vehicles, but you dont support reducing emissions.You only support EV subsidies.
If somebody supports EV discounts, this is mainly because they want people to buy EVs so that this will help meet NZ's emission targets, and I think this is the view of most of the people who have posted to this thread.
However, there is less support for the view that the Government should provide discounts for some petrol vehicles, and no other country in the world has done this.
The point is that a Hybrid helps achieve the emission goals, albeit not as well as a pure EV. The hybrid is however much more affordable and readily available than any EV, and is therefore much more likely to adopted by the low to middle income earners.
An $8K subsidy on a $60-$80K EV vehicle will not result in low-to-middle income earners buying an EV, therefore we won't see a high adoption rate.
A smaller subsidy on a Hybrid (either standard or PHEV variant) will make a big difference to emissions due to the far superior tailpipe emissions compared to a standard ICE, and much higher adoption rate; more models are readily available, and at a much better price point.
Remember than a PHEV used in the daily commute, is quite likely to never engage the ICE. Should that not receive some sort of subsidy as a bridge to pure EV?
What other countries have chosen to do isn’t necessarily relevant to our own decision-making process. They have different generation profiles (green v hydrocarbon), different economies, different access to EV vehicles etc.
The best solution would be to push everyone to a pure EV, but that's just not practical at this point in time.