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The government has just announced that it's throwing $3.7 million at a few lucky companies, with a view to increasing EV use in New Zealand.
Regular readers will know that I've long been an advocate of developing an indigenous EV "commuter vehicle" design and manufacturing business here in Godzone so you might think that I was pretty pleased to hear about this allocation of taxpayer money.
Well sadly, I'm not that impressed.
I can't help but get the impression that those receiving the funds were chosen on by way of the old-boy's network which has seen handouts given to the least deserving before.
Fisher and Paykel (the recipient of numerous government grants in the past) has been allocated $72,500 to install EV chargers at their premises. The rationale behind this is that it will encourage employees to use EVs rather than conventional vehicles.
Boy, I'd love to have seen the business case for that one!
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.
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