We’re delighted to announce the addition of six Hyundai Kona to our  Electric Vehicle light fleet. Waste Management currently has 36 light  vehicle EVs, and six EV trucks, which are scheduled to reach  approximately 100 and 20 respectively by year end.

Our purpose at Waste Management is to safeguard our beautiful  environment through sustainable management of our resources. In line  with this and our sustainability commitment For Future Generations, we endeavour to prioritise the impact of our decisions using an environmental lens.

Each Kona will save between 30,000-50,000kgs of greenhouse gas  emissions every 10 years. This transition to electric, together with our  Landfill & Energy Parks that power the equivalent of 20,500 homes  with renewable energy annually, has further strengthened Waste  Management’s reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as transitioning  to a circular economy.

With a range of over 450km, our six new Kona are being distributed to  our regional teams in Dunedin, Hastings, New Plymouth, Hamilton,  Auckland and Kerikeri, to address the common concern of ‘range anxiety’  and meet their long distance travel needs.

Exciting benefits of the Hyundai Kona include:

  • Low cost to run - equivalent to paying around 30 cents per litre of petrol.
  • Cheaper to maintain - EVs have less moving parts than a conventional petrol/diesel car, meaning less servicing is required.
  • Better for the environment – no harmful emissions. Kona are run by  renewable energy, and are constructed from eco-friendly materials.
  • Near silent, reducing noise pollution and ensure a relaxing driver experience.
  • Efficiency – EVs use 90% of energy created, compared to that of traditional petrol/ diesel fuelled vehicles at roughly 30%.
  • Longer range – Kona have a range of over 450km, compared to 200km-285km available in other models.

Waste Management has planned to add over 50 Kona to our growing EV light  fleet throughout 2019 as our diesel/ petrol vehicle lease terms end.  Our team look forward to becoming increasingly Powered by waste!