Many countries including the UK, Sweden, France, Norway and the Netherlands are phasing out

combustion engine vehicles in favour of EV vehicles. Here in Aotearoa, while there isn’t any

comparable government declarations (yet), demand for electric vehicles, bikes, scooters etc is

growing. This episode explores how EVs compare to fossil fuel cars in environmental terms as well as

in terms of price, user experience and convenience. It’s a broad analysis covering the ‘old favourite’

pros and cons of EVs, new technological advancements and a peek into what our near ‘EV future’

could look like.

Special thanks to Theo Gibson from NZ EV podcast, https://www.podcasts.nz/nz-ev-podcast/; Robyn

Parkison, who was until recently one of New Zealand’s only EV sales women; And Matthew - EV

enthusiatist, EV driver and investor – who all generously gave me their time.

Resources mentioned in the show

 Lithium-ion battery recycling drop off in West Auckland: EcoMatters

(https://www.ecomatters.org.nz/zero-waste/e-waste)

 E World Expo: 6 - 8 May 2021, The Trusts Arena, Auckland

(https://www.conferenz.co.nz/events/eworld-2021)

 EV NZ calculators and buyers guides

o EVS https://evs.nz/home/show/1a2f998/

o Ecotricity https://buyersguide.ecotricity.nz/

o Leading the Charge https://www.leadingthecharge.org.nz/nz_electric_car_guide

o Flip the Fleet https://flipthefleet.org/

o

 NZ EV Podcast: with Theo Gibson & Dee West https://www.podcasts.nz/nz-ev-podcast/

 Robyn has kindly allowed us to share her EV buyers seminar ppt with you all, which is some

of the clearest info I’ve seen overviewing the considerations

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xxa0-xP-

ZOgABBwavmwNchH3XHLl4Zo2Y6QlI_ykwyM/edit#slide=id.ga8b8bb633d_0_310

 2017 video on cobalt mines (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcJ8me22NVs)

SOURCES

Green House Gases

 NZ’s GHG emission sources (https://www.stats.govt.nz/indicators/new-zealands-

greenhouse-gas-emissions)

 EVs EECA Life Cycle Assessment of Electric Vehicles in Aotearoa

https://genless.govt.nz/assets/Individuals-Resources/ev-lca-exec-summary-nov-2015.pdf

 EVs v Fossil cars stuff report (https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-

news/116599831/climate-explained-the-carbon-footprint-of-electric-versus-fossil-cars)

Lithium

 How does Lithium mining work, 2018 (https://blog.grabcad.com/blog/2018/02/20/how-

does-lithium-mining-work/)

 McKinsey & Company Lithium and cobalt: A tale of two commodities, 2018

(https://www.mckinsey.com/~/media/mckinsey/industries/metals%20and%20mining/our%20in

sights/lithium%20and%20cobalt%20a%20tale%20of%20two%20commodities/lithium-and-

cobalt-a-tale-of-two-commodities.ashx)

Cobalt

 Amnesty’s 2016 Cobalt Child Labour video

(https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2016/06/drc-cobalt-child-labour/)

 Guardian’s 2020 update ( https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/05/cutting-

cobalt-challenge-battery-industry-electric-cars-congo )

Battery tech

 Teslar’s Battery Day announcement, 2020. 16 min version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK79ioBW8Mg

 Forbes analysis (https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesmorris/2020/07/11/teslas-shift-to-

cobalt-free-batteries-is-its-most-important-move-yet/?sh=478d7f8a46b4)

EVs don’t make our problems go away

 Dr Mike Joy’s 2020 EV facebook post

(https://www.facebook.com/DrMikeJoy/posts/2497658943865422)

 6 -20 new nuclear power plants in UK (https://www.carbonbrief.org/factcheck-how-much-

power-will-uk-electric-vehicles-need)  

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