Sustainable living, Things to do  |  16 Sep 2022

If you are toying with the idea of getting an electric vehicle, then make sure you visit Te Pae Convention Centre this weekend for the Take Charge Christchurch Expo.

More than 50 battery electric vehicles will be on display at the two-day expo, which has been organised by Christchurch City Council to showcase the growing range of battery electric vehicles now available.

There will be battery electric cars, vans, ute, off-roaders, motorcycles and mopeds on display at a range of price points.

Audi, BMW, BYD, Fiat, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Nissan, Peugeot, Polestar, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla, Volkswagen, LDV, Applestone and Tuatara will be among the four-wheeled brands represented at the event.

Battery electric motorcycle and moped brands at the event will include Go Charged, Horwin, Lifan, Lima, Niu, Super Soco, Sur Ron, Talaria, Timemoto and Ubco.

Admission to the expo is free and there will also be opportunities, courtesy of a number of exhibitors, for people to win prizes such as going into a draw to win the use of a battery electric vehicle for a specified time.

“We really encourage the public to come down, take a look at the battery electric vehicles and ask questions of the expert exhibitors so they can learn all about this exciting technology,’’ says Council Resource Efficiency Manager Kevin Crutchley.

“On-road petrol and diesel transportation makes up about 36 per cent of our district’s emissions. If we want to achieve our stated goal of halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 then we need to encourage people to make the shift to zero exhaust emission vehicles and to other modes of zero emission transportation.

“If you have been thinking about how you can play your part in helping to combat climate change, pop along to the expo this weekend and see if a move to a battery electric vehicle might be right for you,’’ Mr Crutchley encourages.

The Take Charge Christchurch Expo will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm, Saturday 17 September and 9am to 5pm, Sunday 18 September 2022. People can enter Te Pae Convention Centre via the main entrance on Oxford Terrace.