To Build Fast Charging Network In New Zealand

JUN 14 2015 BY MARK KANE 8

The New Zealand company intends to build a nationwide charging network of 75 fast chargers in the next three years.

The first 23 chargers already were received from Australia-based Tritium.

Those are Veefil 50 kW DC fast chargers with both CHAdeMO and Combo plugs.

Well, 75 would seem to provide almost sufficient coverage of the islands. Managing Director Steve West said:

“We’ve identified around 75 sites across the country and our aim is to have fast chargers installed on all of them by the end of 2017. EVs are perfect for New Zealand; our electricity generation is 80 percent renewable and fossil fuels are expensive to export to a relatively isolated Pacific island nation. New Zealand currently has only around 250 pure EVs, but second-hand vehicles, particularly from Japan, are becoming available at a very reasonable price and as we roll out the fast charging network, I anticipate we will see a rapid uptake in the country.”


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I wonder how much range a used Japanese market Leaf taxi would have in New Zealand.? I am currently renting a used JDM Nissan in Christchurch NZ and the Nav and all controls are in Japanese so it wouldn’t be that useful for an individual or a rental because of the lack of range. Would be a good market for the Chevy Bolt though whenever that come out.

I don’t understand the map without some kind of index.

Do you mean *fast* chargers or do you mean *rapid* chargers? If they are 50kW then they are *rapid* and can charge a typical EV in half an hour. If you mean *fast* then it’ll take 4 hours. A slight difference! Please lets get the terminology right. It is confusing enough for ordinary people without confusing this extremely fundamental issue.

A rapid charging infrastructure means that most New Zealanders can look forward to a speedy and successful start to a transition away from ICEVs. If they are mostly merely ‘fast’ then they are going to be sorely disappointed.

Lets stick to kW numbers pls.

Its single number where PR wont have anything to say!

“Fast” “Rapid” WILL be abused, because why not?

Hear hear. KW peak is the only thing that matters. If an article gives me that then I don’t care about any other jargon they might abuse, they’ve written the best thing they could possibly write.

I think that somebody got right idea.

Gamble that EVs adoption on island will be fast, is good one!

“Our current rates are: 25c / minute + 25c / kWh”

That’s bloody brilliant. I wish NRG would adopt those in the southeast. I find myself needing a five or ten minute ‘kiss’ from the Chademo but I sure as hell don’t want to pay the full $10 that EVGo charges you for every hit. So I hit the free L2 for 45 minutes. Screw you, NRG EVGo, screw you.

I can only watch on in envy as we’re selling Australian designed and built units overseas while there’s practically no QC infrastructure here. Hope there will be plenty of uptake in NZ!