Toyota CEO welcomes Government's Clean Car Discount Scheme

News 09/07/2019
Toyota New Zealand CEO Alistair Davis Source: Toyota NZ

The Government has announced a proposed incentive scheme to push Kiwis into cleaner, low-emission vehicles. 

Toyota New Zealand says the Government’s planned consultation on clean car standards and discounts is an encouraging step towards reducing New Zealand’s automotive carbon emissions.

Alistair Davis, Chief Executive of Toyota New Zealand joins Magic Talk Drive to discuss the scheme.

The first question guest host Brendan Telfer asks Alistair is whether he believes the Government has gone far enough with their proposal?

I think it would be great if New Zealand could subsidise electric cars and low emission vehicles like Norway,” he says.

The reality is we’re not as rich as Norway.

Telfer then wanted to know what have Toyota done recently to improve their emissions output?

The toyota CEO explains that they have “introduced more hybrids to our lineup as they reduce emissions by 20%.”

On the question of electric vehicles Brendan questions whether the prices of those vehicles are too high for the average kiwi?

Alistair agrees saying, ‘they are expensive vehicles which the clean car discount scheme partially offsets.”

Low emission cars like hybrids are much more affordable.

After then describing the percentage of sales Toyota sees with low emission cars Brendan asks if they have buyers have been slow on the uptake of the cars?

Alistair explains that uptake has been low, “ that's why we welcome what the Government is doing in this space.”

“The Government has two strategies, the first is the clean car discount which will help lower the price of lower emission vehicles.”

The second strategy is possibly more important.

“The second strategy is to set standards for companies to lower their emission outcomes.”

The targets are daunting.

Alistair explains that current standards allow an “average 180 grams of carbon per kilometer” while the Government proposals “aim for 105 grams carbon per kilometre by 2025”.

Bringing us in line with places like the European Union.

"That’s a big ask."

When asked Alistair stated that he did believe there is an urgency for these standards to be implemented.

Absolutely, you could say they are ten years too late.

He goes on to say, “we took the lead and introduced an emission trading scheme in 2008 and then sort of lost our way for a decade”, but he believes people are realising how important it is.

Climate change is a burning issue.

Finally he says he is hopeful that this proposal from Government might help change the minds of drivers who seem reluctant to adopt lower emission vehicles.

You can listen to the full interview above.