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Powering rowers with home-grown energy

  • 19 Jun 15

Rowing New Zealand sponsors Bankstream and Mighty River Power have powered up Olympic medallists Peter Taylor and Rebecca Scown with two plug-in electric hybrid Audi A3 e-trons.

The Rowing New Zealand partners have teamed up with Giltrap Group to support our rowers in their preparation for the upcoming World Rowing Championships, and their campaign for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Richard Reese, Bankstream GM, says this is a great opportunity for Peter and Rebecca and he hopes the high-performance athletes enjoy driving these high-performance innovative vehicles.

“I am so pleased that we can supply our talented athletes with Audi A3 e-trons. We know what a positive difference it can make to the athletes daily lives by having affordable transport to and from training, with an electric range of 50km this is perfect and allows them to use virtually all electric mode with little need for the petrol mode.”

Toni Laming, Mighty River Power General Manager Strategy and Communications, said the Company is a long-standing supporter of Rowing New Zealand and proud to be able to back its athletes and power them up with home-grown energy.

“We jumped at the chance to help provide the Audi A3 e-trons to Peter and Rebecca – not only will this help with their training, manage their costs and reduce their environmental impact, but also give them insight into the fantastic benefits of driving a car that can be plugged in at home with a three-pin plug and fuelled by New Zealand’s treasure of renewable electricity. Every day they train at one of ourkey hydro resources, Lake Karapiro, the home of our elite and U23 national rowing squad.
“As a country, 80% of our electricity comes from renewable sources – hydro, geothermal and wind – so it absolutely makes sense that our cars are powered with this clean, home-grown energy.

“Mighty River Power are currently shifting 70% of our fleet to electric, and are already seeing the benefits of significantly lower running costs and a sustainability initiative that’s real. We’re really happy that Peter and Rebecca will be able to experience these same benefits with their e-trons.”

Peter and Rebecca say they are thrilled to have the support and are looking forward to driving their new cars.

“I’m really excited about the performance of the e-tron and getting to plug in at home– it works out at the equivalent of 30 cents a litre compared to petrol. I am most definitely not going to miss pulling into the service station. This is going to be great!” says Peter.

“A huge thanks to Bankstream and Mighty River Power – we really appreciate their support,” says Rebecca.

Bankstream and Mighty River Power wish Peter, Rebecca and the rest of the New Zealand Rowing team good luck in their 2015 international campaign.