Showing posts with label NZ. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NZ. Show all posts

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rugby World Cup 2011 New Zealand.

So the opening of the Rugby World Cup happened on Friday at 7.30pm NZ time. I'm not much of a sports fan really but the opening was quite impressive with the ground having some sort of visual display projection technology broad casting on it and people moving around interacting with the images then afterwards heaps of fireworks. Not bad.

Rugby World Cup. I don't think the New Zealand All Blacks will win but i'll still cheer them on. There is a small chance that they could win but there are a lot of very good teams. New Zealand hasn't won a world cup since 1987. Still yay New Zealand Go All Blacks.

There are 20 teams in total. The Rugby World Cup will cost New Zealand $280 Million to host. The final will be played on the 23rd of October 2011 during New Zealands labour weekend which is a long weekend.

I won't be watching much of it. But i'm sure some people will be very happy with all the rugby that's going on.

Monday, September 29, 2008

First fully electric cars available in NZ

The first fully electric car available in NZ, can be plugged in to charge just like a toaster.

Mon, 29 Sep 2008 5:57p.m.

Think electric-powered vehicles, think golf carts - right?

Not any more. The first fully electric, plug-in cars are about to hit New Zealand's streets and their performance is likely to turn the heads of even the biggest sceptic.

In November, Hyundai will become the first local car manufacturer to offer a zero-emission, electric car.

The cars will be retro-fitted locally, meaning their electric motors will be fitted after the petrol or diesel engine they arrive with, is taken out.

It is a version of the car that can be plugged in beside the toaster at home with no special plug required and the amount of electricity required to fully charge its batteries will not be too much more than using that toaster.

It costs about $2 per hundred km to run and has zero emissions.
So, what's the catch? The electric vehicle has the same acceleration and power as its petrol or diesel equivalent but it does have a lower top speed of around 120kph.
Power steering, air con, tow bar, air bags all come as standard features.
The battery costs around $3000 to replace, but only needs replacing about 3very eight years and they are fully recyclable.

The only real catch is the car's range and battery charge time.
It has a range of 120 km and a quick charge of anywhere between 1.5 and 3 hours which gives you 80% of battery life or about another 90km so it is perfect for the city commuter, but long distance is out of the question.

The cars cost around $40,000 NZ Dollars.