Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


All-New MINI Electric Hatch And Iconic BMW I3 Surge Into 2020 #LeadingTheCharge EV Road Tour

The Leading The Charge 2020 Road Tour is New Zealand’s largest annual electric vehicle road trip, and a highlight of the country’s EV calendar. This year, the Road Tour runs from September 26 to October 3 and features separate EV tours of the North Island and South Island.

The event is organised by the Better NZ Trust and coincides with International Drive Electric Week, a worldwide celebration of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlights the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more.

The road trip started in 2015 and was initially planned to tackle range anxiety head on and prove that an EV could drive up and down the length of New Zealand with relative ease – and a little careful planning. The drivers are out to once again prove that driving long-distance using 100 percent electric power is possible with today’s charging infrastructure and to encourage more Kiwis to drive an electric vehicle.

This year, BMW Group New Zealand is partnering with ChargeNet NZ, the largest privately owned EV charging network in the Southern Hemisphere, to complete this 1,700 kilometre road tour of the North Island in two of its best EVs – the all-new MINI Electric Hatch, and the iconic BMW i3.

The MINI Electric Hatch is powered by a 32.6kWh latest-generation lithium-ion battery, producing an impressive 135kW of power, perfect for scaling the legendary New Zealand landscape.

MINI Electric

With its batteries mounted low and in the centre of the car in a T-shape, the MINI Electric Hatch also promises MINI’s famed go-kart handling qualities that will make it a joy to drive on this tour.

Capable of a 233-kilometre drive range (WLTP) on a single charge, the 1,700 kilometre road tour may seem daunting to the MINI Electric Hatch at first; however, thanks to some 196 rapid DC charging stations across the country installed by ChargeNet, the MINI Electric can exploit its 50kW fast-charge ability to the fullest, juicing up to 80% in 36 minutes flat.

Designed to revolutionise local emissions-free mobility, 2020 marks the 7th year of production for the iconic BMW i3, the car that kick-started BMW Group’s foray into sustainable electric mobility. Since its launch in 2013, the BMW i3 has been the most widely sold electric vehicle in the premium segment, with more than 165,000 sales logged worldwide.

Customers around the world have since subjected both the vehicle and its original battery to a real endurance test, using the car not only for daily commuting, but also regularly for longer distances and even holiday trips – like the one BMW New Zealand is about to undertake with ChargeNet NZ.

The results are staggering – reports have logged the car using only 13kWh per 100km over the entire course of hundreds of thousands of kilometres.

The BMW i3 also employs extensive use of space-age carbon fibre for lightness, safety and strength; durable recycled plastic in its trim, sustainable wood in the dashboard, and high-tech energy recovery systems to minimise the car’s impact on the planet on the whole.

BMW i3

Thanks to technology like the i3’s kinetic energy recovery system, one owner even reported using the same set of brake discs and pads for 277,000 kilometres without needing to change them – an amazing demonstration of how light the EVs footprint can be for both cost of ownership and the environment.

The i3s futuristic looks, revolutionary design and superlight footprint make it nothing short of an EV icon – one that will prove its case again at #LeadingTheCharge 2020.

Visit for more details of the Leading The Charge 2020 Road Tour.


The ChargeNet NZ story began in 2015 as a few enterprising Kiwis with a dream of encouraging people to turn on to electric vehicles. Through a mix of imagination, determination, and some pretty clever software, they’re now the largest privately owned, EV charging network in the Southern Hemisphere, with a network of 196 fast charging stations available.

It takes between 10 to 30 minutes on average to recharge an EV, many EV owners will still plug in and recharge their vehicles overnight at home. Cost is approx. 30c a ‘litre’ compared to $2.16 for petrol, with used EVs available at dealerships from around $10,000.

ChargeNet NZ is committed to providing and maintaining a world-class EV charging network to keep New Zealand charging into the future. Visit to find a fast-charging station near you.



The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2,520,000 passenger vehicles and more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2018 was € 9.815 billion on revenues amounting to € 97.480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a workforce of 134,682 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.






© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


RNZ: Porirua Most Expensive Region To Rent, According To Trade Me

A rental website shows this town is now New Zealand's most expensive region to rent a house, ahead of Wellington and Auckland cities. More>>


Stats NZ: Nearly 1,000 More Big Businesses Now Than Two Decades Ago – Media Release

There are now 2,690 big businesses in New Zealand employing more than 100 staff – nearly 1,000 or 58 percent more than 20 years ago, Stats NZ said today. Over the 20 years to February 2020, the total number of enterprises in New Zealand increased ... More>>


RNZ: Housing Boom Could Get Worse, Economist Warns

Economists are calling on the Reserve Bank to reinstate lending restrictions, warning the housing market is spiralling out of control. More>>


Westpac: Sets Out Plan To Go Cheque-Free

Westpac NZ has announced details of its plan to phase out cheques, after signalling in May that it would be supporting a move to other forms of payment. Cheques will cease to be available as a means of payment after 25 June 2021. Westpac NZ General ... More>>


NZTA: Major New Zealand Upgrade Programme Projects Go To Tender

Two major New Zealand Upgrade Programme projects are beginning tenders for construction. The New Zealand Upgrade Programme is a $6.8 billion investment to get our cities moving, to save lives and boost productivity in growth areas. The first Auckland ... More>>

Reserve Bank: RBNZ Seeks To Preserve Benefits Of Cash

The Reserve Bank – Te Pūtea Matua is taking on a new role of steward of the cash system “to preserve the benefits of cash for all who need them”, Assistant Governor Christian Hawkesby told the Royal Numismatics Society of New Zealand annual conference ... More>>


CERT NZ: Malicious Computer Virus Targeting New Zealanders

CERT NZ, the government agency which supports organisations and individuals affected by cyber security incidents, says a recent surge of increasingly sophisticated malware attacks is affecting everyday New Zealanders as well as large organisations. The ... More>>


Economy: NZ Small Business Recovery Continues In September

Xero, the global small business platform, today released its Small Business Insights (XSBI) for September revealing an uptick in small business jobs and year-on-year revenue growth in New Zealand. Nationwide, the average number of jobs in the small ... More>>


Courts: Businessman Eric Watson Sentenced To A Four-Month Jail Term

New Zealand businessman Eric Watson has been sentenced to a four-month jail term in the UK for contempt of court, TVNZ reports. More>>

OECD: Area Employment Rate Falls By 4.0 Percentage Points, To 64.6% In Second Quarter Of 2020

The OECD area employment rate – the share of the working-age population with jobs – fell by 4.0 percentage points, to 64.6%, in the second quarter of 2020, its lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2010. Across the OECD area, 560 million persons ... More>>

Spark: Turns On 5G In Auckland And Offers A Glimpse Into The Future Of Smart Cities

Spark turned on 5G in downtown Auckland today and has partnered with Auckland Transport (AT) to showcase some of the latest in IoT (Internet of Things) technology and demonstrate what the future could look like for Auckland’s CBD with the power of 5G. 5G is ... More>>

Stats NZ: Monthly Migration Remains Low

Since the border closed in late-March 2020, net migration has averaged about 300 a month, Stats NZ said today. In the five months from April to August 2020, overall net migration was provisionally estimated at 1,700. This was made up of a net gain ... More>>