Clean Car Accelerator

SBC membership offers the chance to be a part of industry-wide collaborations with other businesses facing similar sustainability challenges. By pooling time, resources, ideas and energy together to tackle these challenges, our members are able to influence change faster and on a larger scale than they would be able to achieve alone. Click here to learn more about our other collaborations. 

What is the Clean Car Accelerator?

Transport is Aotearoa’s second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for 39% of CO2 emissions, and is the fastest-growing source of emissions (80% growth between 1990-2019). Travel in light vehicles (of which MoT shared there were 4 million in Aotearoa in 2020) accounts for 65% of transport emissions (MoT). By the end of the decade more than 50% of vehicle sales need to be electric to meet our emission reduction targets. That would be annual sales of 150,000 EVs (NZTA).

That means we need to have 1.2 million EVs by 2035.  

Meeting this target will require significant investment and planning to support access to supply, as well as the development of nationwide charging infrastructure. 

In 2021, a group of SBC members working on the light vehicle fleet transition formed the Clean Car Accelerator (or CCA) collaboration. The CCA’s functions were to input into SBC representation on the Clean Car Sector Leadership Group (reporting to Minister Wood), share member insights, opportunities, challenges and learnings on fleet decarbonisation. These conversations also served to help SBC develop best practice guidance for all our members.

“As a Product Manager, I’m constantly looking for opportunities to help solve problems, especially in the sustainable mobility space. Being a member of SBC, specifically the Clean Car Accelerator Programme, has allowed me to connect directly with stakeholders and learn from them on what it means to shift mindsets and policies within their organisations, and the practical implications of transitioning to lower emission fleets.“

 Tania Marinas (Group Product Manager at SG Fleet)

Please note: Clean Car Accelerator workshops are currently on hold until work within the wider Clean Car Sector Leadership Group has resumed. We will update this page when more information is available.

Member best practice examples

SBC members are leading the way with the light vehicle transition:  

  • Meridian have a 100% electric light passenger fleet and provide some useful tips and tricks For others to follow suit.  
  • Genesis produce useful resources within their EV adoption-related topics, including determining what the most sustainable EV is and insights into the usefulness of NZ’s charging network.  
  • The Warehouse Group support the expansion of national charging infrastructure 
  • EECA share climate action ideas and offer insights to encourage EV uptake through their Genless platform by informing people about the purchase and use of EVs.  

Please see further resources linked below, including blogs on engaging employees in the light fleet conversion and support for home charger installations.   

Further Resources

SBC National EV Charging Strategy Submission

SBC National EV Charging Strategy Submission

The Sustainable Business Council (SBC) and Climate Leaders Coalition (CLC) present this high-level submission in response to the consultation on The Government’s long-term strategic vision for Aotearoa’s national electric vehicle charging infrastructure system.

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