So, Greens, where exactly are these electric cars going to go? That’s right: roads!

The Green Taliban hate cars…unless they are electric cars full of rare earth metals mined from third world countries leaving a toxic sludge behind in a wrecked environment…but hey…electric cars.

Now they want to embrace electric cars and are proposing their second ever tax break to encourage more car use…think about that for a minute.

The Green Party has added a second tax break for businesses to its manifesto in a bid to boost electric car use in New Zealand.

The party announced today it would scrap fringe benefit tax when businesses purchased electric cars for their fleet.

The tax is applied to any perks which staff receive as part of their employment, including motor vehicles.

It was estimated that the proposed tax break would cut the upfront costs of an electric car by 36 per cent.

Subsidies never work…there are major problems in US states with subsidies that are distorting the market like these.

The exemption would last for seven years. Under a low-uptake scenario the policy would cut the Crown’s revenue by $24 million in the seventh year.

In order for the policy to work, further investment would be required in charging technology.

The Greens also proposed a $10 million investment in fast-charging stations, which took 30 minutes to charge a car.

The policy received some initial support from the business sector, with Xero boss Rod Drury describing it as a “good move”.

I wonder if Rod is going to give up his petrol driven sports cars if he is going to walk the talk?

Now here is the problem for the Green Taliban…they’ve opposed every single roading infrastructure project in the past 10 years…every single one of them. The same MP now promoting increased car usage is the same Julie Anne Genter who whinges about cost benefit ratios for highways and other roads.

But what do these new fangled electric cars they all want us to drive run on? Yeah…roads.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.