Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Electric vehicles likely to supersede light rail

Electric vehicles likely to supersede light rail

“Renewed talk about the need for investment in light rail for Wellington comes as a surprise and would cost a huge amount of money and be a white elephant within a very few years,” Mayoral Candidate Jo Coughlan said today.
“The future is electric and it is one that will see the introduction of autonomous vehicles quicker than many people realise. We would welcome the opportunity to be part of any Government trials.

“Light rail is electric, but it is confined to expensive rails on a set route. Electric cars, busses and bikes are also electric, however they have far more flexibility on where they can travel. People want that flexibility.

“We need to be practical. This is why I am so focused on improving the roading network and removing the obvious roading choke points such as Mt Victoria and The Terrace tunnels.

“As Mayor I will be working with the bus operators and Regional Council to accelerate the roll out of a bus fleet that is significantly electric within my first term and that is on track to be fully electric within 10 years.

“And I will work to help facilitate the putting in place an infrastructure that will support the transition to electric vehicles. This is clearly accelerating and I want to ensure this trend continues.

“By 2030 or thereabouts we are likely to have a near fully electric vehicle fleet that is becoming increasingly driverless. And these vehicles are increasingly likely not going to be owned by individuals, but by what are today’s equivalent of rail, bus and taxi companies – public transport operators.

“It is certainly not clear that there is a place for light rail in this future and I will not be irresponsible as Mayor in supporting what is obviously wasteful expenditure.

“I want Wellington to be the most sustainable city in New Zealand. We are already essentially self sufficient in renewable electricity generation. If we can reduce our petrol and diesel use as technology advances, our greenhouse gas emissions will be minimal. And long term our public transport usage will be much greater than would be the case than if we short sightedly put all our eggs in the light rail basket.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice.

Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne under a bus More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>



Mental Health Foundation: 'Positive First Steps'

“The heavy reliance on pilots and targeted approaches in the package announced today makes it plain that additional funding will be needed so that activities that work can be made available throughout New Zealand,” says Mr Robinson. More>>


'Gift' To NZ: Synod Considers Third Christchurch Cathedral Option

Members of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch will consider three, not two, options regarding the future of the ChristChurch Cathedral... The new option is for the Synod to gift the Cathedral building to the Government for the people of New Zealand. More>>


PM's Presser: Labour's Water Policy 'Reckless', Says English

The Labour Party has "bumbled into" its policy to charge for water in a "reckless" way that would put a Labour-led government on a collision course with both Maori and other water users, Prime Minister Bill English said at his weekly post-Cabinet press conference.. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election