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Wellington City and Taupo District Councils are supporting the future of electric vehicles in New Zealand by becoming cornerstone members of the Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles (APEV).

The two major councils are the first authoritative bodies to join APEV, which champions increased use of electric vehicles in New Zealand.

Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says becoming a member of APEV aligns with the city's support for a greener future.

"Wellington endorses electric vehicles, from trolley buses and trains to electric-assist bicycles, and Wellington City Council has both hybrid and pure electric vehicles in its fleet," she said. "Joining APEV provides yet another way for New Zealand's capital to support the electrification of its transport fleet and hopefully encourage the rest of the country to follow our example."

Taupo District Mayor Rick Cooper echoes Wade-Brown's sentiments, adding "the Taupo District Council believes it is the collective responsibility of every person to ensure the New Zealand environment is looked after for future generations. Widespread use of electric vehicles will reduce emissions and ensure we are looking after the pristine environmental assets New Zealand has."

APEV Executive Director Rob McEwen says the support of Wellington and Taupo's councils is a positive start for APEV.

"The support of Wellington City and Taupo District Councils demonstrates that the nation's decision makers are genuinely considering the importance the huge role electrifying our transport fleet can play in creating a sustainable future for New Zealand."

"APEV is aiming to speed up the process of electric vehicle adoption in New Zealand. Electric vehicles offer an emission and oil free solution to the ever increasing cost of imported fuels that the country is currently facing," McEwen adds.

Wellington City and Taupo District Councils join APEV's influential existing members, including Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand, Z Energy, Contact Energy and the Motor Trade Association.

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