We’ve reached a new milestone and there are now 75 ChargeNet chargers are up and running in an electric highway stretching from the far North to the deep South.
ChargeNet, the pioneering, little private company with a big social conscience to promote faster conversion to electric vehicles and reduce New Zealand’s annual $8 billion fossil fuel bill, aims to have 105 chargers installed by the end of 2018.
“We’re taking the hassle out of long distance driving from the Far North to the Deep South and removing the anxiety if batteries run low while you’re on the go with conveniently located fast charge stations, even in small towns,” says COO Nick Smith, who’s just overseen the installation of the Southern Heritage Route charge stations in Cromwell, Roxburgh, Lawrence and Milton.
ChargeNet installed a record 10 stations in March and has a full programme till the end of the year that will bring on stream the rest of Southland from Invercargill to the tourist mecca of Queenstown, the Crimson Coast in Northland and the Alpine Pacific scenic route between Christchurch and Blenheim among others.
You can check out the status and timings of the network of fast chargers at https://charge.net.nz/map/
“There are 8,000 EVs registered in New Zealand so it makes sense that if we want to turn people on to the electric vehicle option then the charging network has to be available,” Nick said. “It also means that as a service provider, we have to make charging fast, efficient and convenient, and that means constant innovation.”
The company is working collaboratively with local government, Z Energy, Foodstuffs, local lines companies and EECA to expand and upgrade charging availability and services to build a user friendly, national charging network and champion conversion to electric vehicles.
EECA, the body that administers the government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, is co-funding more than 20 projects that will add hundreds of public charging stations to the network.
“The government has targeted 64,000 EVs on the road by the end of 2020 and is pushing forward with carbon neutral goals and legislative frameworks to meet climate and environmental goals,” Nick said. “We’re doing our bit to make that a reality.”