EV Fast Charging Arrives At Gas Stations In New Zealand, Take Notice Rest Of World
Z Energy, a traditional petrol refueling company in New Zealand has teamed up with EV charging network Charge.net.nz to provide fast charging stations at locations in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Z says it pumps more than 2 billions liters of fuel and a year, but when it comes to dispensing electricity (at approximately $5-$10 a pop, or 25 cents a minute) it will be foregoing keeping any revenue for itself; rather it will be providing the service as a convenience courtesy to its customers.
Z sustainability manager Gerri Ward on the decision to include an EVSE station at popular locations (via NZHerald):
“We’re not an oil company, we’re a transport energy company and we’re committed to meeting the needs of our customers, whatever they might be.”
As for the fees collected, everything goes to Charge.net.co.nz:
“There’s nothing commercial in it for us – we don’t expect to make any money out of it. It’s there as a service.”
Today, six fast charging locations are in operation at the busiest Z stations, but the company says it is open to making more spaces available at other sites, such as in Waiouru and Sanson – both seen as key “long distance” travel points.
Also on hand for the unveiling of Z’s Auckland Airport charging station on Friday was EV-celebrity and activist Chelsea Sexton, who added some of her own thoughts on the station and the need for public fast charging in the above video provided.
Currently there are just over 1,000 plug-in vehicles on the roads New Zealand, as compared to some ~3 million light vehicles.
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NZHerald.co.nz, hat tip to Miggy!