In early 2021, IAG New Zealand started planning the transition of their 270-strong corporate vehicle fleet to electric and hybrid cars as part of their commitment to reduce their carbon footprint and limit the impacts of climate change. They have a science-based target to reduce emissions from their electricity use and vehicle fleet by 40% by 2025 (based on FY17 levels), and this change will help in delivering on that target.
This week, the team officially began the Electric Vehicle Early Adopter Programme, which will see six volunteers from our NZI business take our first individually assigned electric vehicles (EVs). We already have four EVs in the IAG New Zealand pool fleet. Our three Christchurch drivers were the first to collect their vehicles, and one driver in Wellington and two in Auckland are due to collect theirs in the coming weeks. All drivers will have Hyundai Ioniqs.
The Early Adopter Programme is designed to help us learn from the experience of our volunteers, especially around range, charging infrastructure, ongoing support, cost and carbon savings. Four of our early adopters have home chargers installed, while two will rely on office chargers (which we have in our Fanshawe Street and Christchurch offices) and public charging stations. We will gather insights from the program over the next three months and share these with our other IAG drivers, with a view to encourage broader uptake of electric vehicles over the coming years.
IAG’s EV journey is being supported by our vehicle lease supplier, LeasePlan, who have been integral in assisting us with vehicle choices and home charging infrastructure.