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Are electric rubbish trucks the future of Auckland and New Zealand?

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Are electric rubbish trucks the future of Auckland and New Zealand?

Unless you’ve been living under a literal rock, have just returned from a long, strange trip in the Messier 81 galaxy and/or have somehow freed yourself after being press-ganged into the service of the Dark Fleet, you’re undoubtedly aware electric vehicles are hot topics – including in Aotearoa. But electric rubbish compactors? They’re now on the road in Auckland. So, what comes next?

Cars

Of all the brands sold in New Zealand, none was rocked in 2015 quite as significantly as Volkswagen after the emissions scandal broke. So, if there’s one person who’s learnt a thing or two about change, it’s the car brand’s general manager Tom Ruddenklau.

Josh Pemberton, an intern at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, describes the Ag Dialogue exercise Motu ran last year. This short film exploring what reducing emissions really means for New Zealand’s farming communities was one result.