kingdragonfly: If the NZ government is serious about EV's, they need to subsidize them.
They need to lead, preferably, or get out of the way.
If a private company like Vector wants to have free EV charging, then let them.
If Vector's customers don't want to subsidize EV Vector customers, then choose another provider.
The Commerce Commision saying they can't runs contrary to the government stated goal of encouraging EV's
New Zealand is only a small country with limited resources and the Government seems to believe that the current number of people converting to EVs each year is more than satisfactory to meet their targets. It's just as well the Government has this viewpoint because we are spending money at such a fast rate on other projects that there isn't much left for low priority things such as subsidising EVs so the rich pay less.
Remember also that NZ doesn't have the pollution problems of some other major countries and that our emissions are less than one-fifth of one percent of global emissions, so a few more EVs on the roads doesn't make a perceptible difference to the global emissions problem and we all have to be patient and wait for EVs to come down in price.
Which raises the point that new EVs are so ridiculously expensive that car manufacturers love Government subsidies on new EVs because it allows them to continue to charge huge amounts for electric vehicles that will ultimately sell for half the price they are now.