Provided through FTA's Low or No Emission Vehicle Program, the $3 million grant will allow VIA to replace 15 gasoline-powered paratransit vehicles with low-emission propane vans, prioritising accessibility and environmental sustainability.
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The new service will provide Aucklanders with on-demand transport to and from the Half Moon Bay ferry terminal, which serves the Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands.
Vehicle that can complete at least part of their journey with zero emissions, such as hybrid or plug-in cars, will still be allowed to be sold until 2035 as part of the new ambitious policy.
By 2020, these 16 fleets will put more electric vans on the road than have been purchased by the whole UK industry in the last year.