City Council resource and efficiency manager Kevin Crutchley said the award was great for Christchurch as it recognises the hard work done by various organisations.
“These organisations have really made a difference in the uptake of electric vehicles…and that ranges from helping charging stations to be implemented to a number of initiatives taken by the Council,” said Crutchley.
Crutchley is also a supporter of the Christchurch EV Facebook group which has over 1000 members.
“They’re a really active and interesting group…they share ideas and meet up…and that’s great for the community”
The Red Bus company now have three electric buses which run between the City and the Airport which is estimated to save over 100 tonnes of carbon emissions.
Orion, the city's electricity network provider, has also worked with the Council to help implement charging stations.
Anthea Madill started a sustainability education business a year ago and decided to invest in an electric vehicle.
“It seemed like an obvious choice – it wouldn’t be a very good look if we were turning up to run workshops on how to save the planet in an old petrol car,” said Madill.
“Christchurch is an amazing city for driving an electric vehicle as it is quite flat, which means you can go 4-5 days without needing a recharge”