New Zealand Gets Its First Fast Charge Station

JUL 19 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 4

Site of New Zealand's First Fast Charger Denoted BY Red  Marker

Site of New Zealand’s First Fast Charger Denoted BY Red Marker

Pristine Beach in New Zealand

Pristine Beach in New Zealand

New Zealand’s first quick charger is now operational.

Located in Whangarei, the fast-charge station is free to use and is expected to remain free well into the future.

As expected, New Zealand’s first quick charger is a CHAdeMO unit.

Unexpectedly, the charger gets its juice entirely from hydro, courtesy of Northpower’s Wairua Hydro Power Station.

New Zealand isn’t what we’d call an electric vehicle hotbed, mostly because electric vehicles are so expensive there, but perhaps the promise of free charging will increase EV uptake.

Northpower Network general manager Graham Dawson stated:

“What makes EV’s so logical for New Zealand is that the majority of power generation is renewable … we are very similar to Norway in that respect. “

“Historically, the cost of electric vehicles has prevented widespread adoption, but the importation of low cost, low mileage, used Electric Vehicles from Japan have drastically changed the situation and has given Northpower the confidence to launch this initiative.”

“I’ve no doubt that New Zealanders in close proximity to cities like Whangarei will benefit immensely from adopting electric vehicle technology. Being able to do 100km round trips before the need to re-charge means people can charge-up overnight at home. It’s the way of the future.”

Source: Voxy

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Rain Power
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Congrats to all Kiwis.

You need beutiful cars in your lovely country!

TomArt
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You’d think that island nations would be hotbeds of EV adoption…there is no “road trip” argument because there’s nowhere to go…

Aatheus
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And so many of them spend lots of their GDP importing oil!

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Hopefully the southern cities will get a rapid charger as well. Otherwise, the LEAFs will have to LEAF-frog their way to the north to rapid charge!