BMW To Expand The DC Fast Charging Network In New Zealand

OCT 19 2016 BY MARK KANE 17 Launched Its First DC Fast Charger In New Zealand Launched Its First DC Fast Charger In New Zealand in 2015's Tesla Model S’s Tesla Model S about year ago began installations of multi-standard DC fast chargers in New Zealand.

Now, with about 20 on-line, reinforcement stations will arrive from BMW, which intends to help build an electric highway by 2018 with total of 100 chargers – a significant amount for a country the size of New Zealand.

“The partnership will establish 100 DC-fast-charging stations that will enable a pure-EV to drive all the way from Kaitaia to Invercargill. Charge Net already operates 20 such stations; the next 80 will be completed by the end of next year.”

After Nissan resigned from importing new LEAFs earlier this year, there are apparently only two all-electric series produced models available – the BMW i3 and Renault ZOE.

On the government side, we see applause for the project, with goal of 64,000 plug-in vehicles on the road by 2021 (although we would still like to see more direct action taken by the government to promote EV adoption, and make the cars more affordable):

Electric highway to encourage EV uptake

Transport Minister Simon Bridges says a nationwide network of fast-charging stations will help address one of the main barriers to electric vehicle (EV) uptake in New Zealand.

BMW Group New Zealand has announced it will partner with Charge Net NZ to help stimulate the installation of a network of fast-charging EV stations. More than 100 stations will be installed across New Zealand.

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Pristine Beach in New Zealand

“A big barrier preventing households and businesses from choosing EVs is the limited availability of public charging infrastructure. Increasing the number of charging stations will give New Zealanders the confidence to use EVs for longer distance travelling,” Mr Bridges says.

“Currently there are more than 30 fast charging stations in New Zealand, with more opening every week, and more than 100 other public charging stations across the country. However, long distance travel on battery alone still causes range anxiety.

“This initiative to grow an electric highway of fast charging stations is a great example of the innovation and partnership approach that needs happen to help us meet our target of 64,000 EVs on NZ roads by 2021.”

“Now we want New Zealanders to consider choosing an EV as their next car given the confidence they can have in the supporting infrastructure.”

Developing guidelines for the installation of public charging infrastructure is one of the 14 initiatives the Government announced in May as part of its Electric Vehicles Programme.

“I have asked my agencies to support councils and the private sector in developing public charging infrastructure by providing clear and accessible guidance and information around the infrastructure, and by clarifying the regulatory framework. I expect to make an announcement about this soon,” Mr Bridges says.


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Article is about BMW, yet the photos are Leaf and Tesla. It looks like NZ will become CCS country.

Hehe, it did occur to us – but we didn’t have any EVSE photos with an i3…so we went with what we had, (=

Tesla should have most of the NZL EV market to themselves as Nissan stopped selling the LEAF and GM will not sell a RHD Bolt.
Tesla are due to open next year in Auckland.

Second-hand Leafs, mostly ex-Japan, make up about half of the EV fleet in NZ.

BMW is just helping Nissan to sell more Leafs

Careful with those new hi-power charging cables.

Not to worry! I think he’s the maintenance guy.

New Zealand currently has about 2000 EV’s and PHEV’s on the road.

Leaf is still most our most common electric vehicle by quite a margin. Car dealers import them from Japan and U.K. for locals to buy online or off their showroom here. If you visit which is our equivalent of EBay, you shall see about 200 Leafs for sale from different dealers.

Great to see NZ and Charge Net NZ profiled.

The Tesla charging got my interest, are they using Mennekes Type-2 plugs here? And listing the Renault Zoe that seems like it, it was only ever produced with the Type-2.

Does that mean they also have 3 phase 230/400vac?

Hi Seth, you can check out the charge Type here:

Yes, we have 3 phase 230/400 and Teslas here have Type-2. The current deployments of Level 2 chargers have been tethered Type-1 but the recommendation now is socketed Type-2 as the more universal answer. Type-1 car owners may be able to borrow a Type-2 to Type-1 cable at that location or need to carry a cable.

A guide covering the NZ EV scene is at

Yet is deploying CCS Combo 1 connectors. Probably as BMW has made the incorrect decision to deploy type 1 CCS ports on their NZ i3s. Same crazy crap is happening in Australia. Type 1 ports on Euro derived cars even though we have 400v 3phase everywhere. It shouldn’t matter if the onboard charger takes three phase or not, just have the correct socket. I’m sure BMW can retrofit all their cars to type 2 CCS.

Will be helpful if Tesla moves to CCS type 2, it will likely correct the situation.

I was struck by the statement: “a significant amount for a country the size of New Zealand”.

As it happens, NZ is slightly larger than the U.K. in area.
Population is about 1/14th that of U.K.

Will be interesting to see how the economics of charging work out. Hope so. Fingers crossed.

One thing in New Zealand’s favour here is it’s long narrow shape. Basically any long distance trip here involves a small number of main highways, if you provide fast charging along those routes you are pretty much done!

The important question should always be, how many stalls at each location! One stall at each location is useless.

Unfortunately one charge session is all that is usually supported for this initial rollout although there can be two parks allocated. No major queuing yet but it will be interesting to see what happens. There is discussion about adding a Type-2 to each location which would help for those with Leafs who wanted that last charge to 100% and release the 50kW for others.