Heaps of EV news out today. (and expect more to follow, it's the paris auto show)
New Battery pack (41kWh) for Renault Zoe (Europe's most popular Electric car, available new in NZ) has been announced (current pack is 22kWh), plus other upgrades like slightly more motor power etc. Link. Gives 400km Range on the super optimistic European (NEDC) test. (I would guess more like 200km- 250km would be realistic in the real world)
LDV has announced they are bringing a full size Electric van (think ford transit size) to the electric market. It has a 75kWh battery capacity. Pricing hoped to be in the 60-70k mark (Significantly more than the diesel LDV V80, but similar to a ford transit, and much less than the much smaller renault kangoo pure electric van) Link
Rumours about an upgraded nissan leaf battery capacity continue. (Nissan and Renault have a design alliance, and I would pick a nissan announcement to be near now the renault announcement is out of the bag).
Industry sources indicate that NZ is going to move towards a european "type 2" charging system (much better for NZ than type given we have readily available three phase power, and that type 1 cannot support it). The european system works on a "bring your own cable" basis, public chargers have only a type 2 socket, and you plug your own cable into the charger, and the other end into your car (for nissan leaf's this is a type 1 to type 2 cable).
The three phase charging becomes more useful necessary with vehicles with big batteries like the tesla, and LDV van above. High current single phase loads are quite frowned upon in an industrial setting.