National is promising one in three cars in the government fleet of 15,500 cars will be electric or electric-hybrid by 2021.
The target was announced by Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett on Saturday.
“A new National government will use the buying power of government to achieve the target and increase the number of electric vehicles in New Zealand,” Mr Bridges said.
Since May 2016, the number of electric vehicles registered in New Zealand has grown from about 1300 to more than 4200. The Government already has a target of having 64,000 electric vehicles in New Zealand by 2021. “We want the public sector to lead by example,” Mrs Bennett said. More than 85%t of the country’s electricity is generated from renewable sources, and a fully electric vehicle has 80% less emissions than a petrol vehicle. NZN