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New Zealand slow on electric car uptake

Monday 19 Nov 2012 8:54 a.m.

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By 3 News online staff

The concept of electric cars may still seem a little like science fiction to some of us.

But New Zealand's Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles believes they'll be common place within the next decade.

The Association's hosting this country's first symposia on electric cars and has invited New Zealand-born and California-based expert Ed Kear to attend.

Mr Kear says New Zealand has been slow on the electric car uptake.

“Other parts of the world are more pro-active, but I think that over the last couple of years you’re starting to see more and more interest for electric vehicles here in New Zealand,” he told Firstline this morning.

But he says New Zealand has a good infrastructure which would suit electric cars, and the vehicles themselves are extremely reliable.

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