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NCEA student investigates road of personal significance – WAKA KOTAHI
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Why more electric vehicles won't make the lights go out – STUFF Aug 2021
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Feebate won't bankrupt farmers, but climate change might
Some of the attendees of Friday's Groundswell protests appear to believe that climate change is neither a threat to them nor their responsibility to address. They're wrong, Marc Daalder writes ANALYSIS: Last Friday saw widespread protests from farmers against freshwater regulations and climate policies like the feebate scheme, targeted at New Zealand's fastest growing source of emissions. Saturday gave the country a glimpse of the future if we fail to reduce those emissions.
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The Road to the Future
In 1898 cars arrived in NZ. It's twenty years later in Christchurch, and another revolutionary vehicle quietly makes its entrance ... meet New Zealand's first electric truck! Delivery man Mr O'Hare bets a hot pie that his petrol­engine truck can beat Mr Harris's electric vehicle. Who will win the race? The Road to the future is based on the true story of New Zealander Ambrose Reeves Harris, who more than a hundred years ago, imported the country's largest fleet of electric vehicles.
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Electric cars ‘will be cheaper to produce than fossil fuel vehicles by 2027’
Electric cars and vans will be cheaper to produce than conventional, fossil fuel-powered vehicles by 2027, and tighter emissions regulations could put them in pole position to dominate all new car sales by the middle of the next decade, research has found. By 2026, larger vehicles such as electric sedans and SUVs will be as cheap to produce as petrol and diesel models, according to forecasts from BloombergNEF, with small cars reaching the threshold the following year.
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Stuff
With battery-powered vehicles primed to become more significant in New Zealand, local work is under way to resolve one perceived environmental problem from these green machines: what to do with exhausted electric car batteries and what are the options in respect to replacement and recycling? It’s a big subject. BIG is onto it.
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Used EVs cheaper over long-term than new petrol cars - study
Used electric vehicles would be cheaper to run over the long term than even new petrol-powered cars, a new Kiwi-led study suggests. The new research comes as the Government has just been told that, to meet its climate change commitments, at least half of all car imports need to be either battery EVs or plug-in hybrids within six years. Most NZ cities are highly dependent on cars and our light-vehicle fleet - 98 per cent of it fossil-fuelled - remains one of the oldest among developed nations.
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Climate change: The rich are to blame, international study finds
The rich are primarily to blame for the global climate crisis, a study by the University of Leeds of 86 countries claims. The wealthiest tenth of people consume about 20 times more energy overall than the bottom ten, wherever they live. The gulf is greatest in transport, where the top tenth gobble 187 times more fuel than the poorest tenth, the research says. That’s because people on the lowest incomes can rarely afford to drive.
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Explore transport options in your business
Go further for fewer emissions by choosing the most fuel efficient vehicles for your business. BUY THE MOST EFFICIENT VEHICLE FOR YOUR NEEDS Fuel consumption differs hugely between different vehicles, even ones of a similar size. Choose the most fuel efficient model that meets your needs and has a 5 star safety rating. It can save you money – and shows your business cares.
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Science in motion | Education Portal
Bite-size classroom activities that support big science ideas relating to road safety. Get students learning hands-on as they explore big science ideas with these engaging activities. Suitable for Years 1-10. Printable instruction sheets. Written by science education consultant Brigitte Glasson. Each activity features concise online teacher support material: NZ Curriculum links Science concepts and capabilities Possible learning objectives
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Stuff
There's no point building cycleways if the public's not ready to use them, says Climate Change Commission chair Rod Carr – so he wants the Government to invest millions in public education campaigns along the lines of road safety and anti-smoking ads. “Given that the science of this has been understood for 30 years... or actually longer... what's getting in the way of getting this done?” said Carr.
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Stuff
After a decisive win for Labour, "feebates" for electric vehicles and a fossil-fuelled car ban could appear on the new Government's agenda, experts suggest. In the lead-up to the election, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced several policies to cut transport emissions. Even so, Motor Industry Association chief executive David Crawford​ thinks the election night results could incentivise Labour to ramp up efforts to decarbonise the country’s cars.
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13 Investigates: Millions of vehicles have unexpected, dangerous front blind zone
(An interesting article that concludes SUVs need cameras on the front of them - as opposed to idea that people might consider smaller cars...) INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Millions of popular vehicles have a hidden blind spot that puts children at an increased risk of being injured or killed. That large blind zone, located directly in front of the vehicles, has contributed to hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries, according to safety advocates who are now trying to warn consumers.
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Impact of secondary school enrolment schemes on school desirability academic achievement & transport
MASTERS THESIS 2017 UCNZ by Andrew Devonport This thesis used a quantitative approach to investigate the potential relationship between a secondary school's desirability and some factors that may influence parental choice. Parental choice can also have transport implications, where students travel further to school if their closest school was bypassed. Because of the potential transport implications this thesis also sought to quantify the environmental impact
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Stuff
California just started the clock on a future that a few years ago would've been unthinkable: dealerships full of nothing but zero-emissions cars. The governor ordered regulators to phase out the internal combustion engine and ban the sale of all new gasoline-fueled cars after 2035. With that, California became the first state in America to impose such a prohibition and delivered the biggest jolt yet to automakers already under pressure to give up fossil fuels and deliver a new generation of ele