Free plug-in and charge stations for Electric Vehicles at Auckland City carparks

Auckland electric vehicle drivers are now able to park and recharge their batteries at Council owned carparks around the city.

Auckland Transport and leading electric vehicle charging provider, ChargeNet NZ, have formed a strategic partnership to install the first 27 of a network of 60 conveniently located free standard electric vehicle charging stations around Auckland.

First Stage EV Charging Locations

 Carpark  Level # of chargers
Downtown Level 1B 6
Fanshawe Street 1A 6
Victoria Street Level 6 entry to car park 3
Ronwood Level 1C 6
Civic Level 1 6

Auckland Transport, which operates 20 electric vehicles and two electric buses, was awarded $160,000 from the government’s EECA Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund for electric vehicle charging infrastructure around the city.

“We’re serious about reducing emissions and protecting our environment,” said Cynthia Gillespie, the Chief Strategy Officer from Auckland Transport. “Transport accounts for approximately 38% of our city’s emissions.  Providing EV charging infrastructure starts the journey on the encouragement of EV uptake in Auckland.  This approach, along with a mode shift to public transport, has the potential to significantly reduce the current level of greenhouse gas emissions.”

ChargeNet NZ CEO, Steve West, says the strategic partnership demonstrates how local government transport providers and the private sector can work together to promote clean energy options and make it easy for motorists to switch to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles.

“More than half the 8,000 electric vehicles registered in New Zealand are in the Auckland region. Now users can park, plug in and recharge with no worries and continue with their business while their car gets a top up,” Mr West said. “Building this user-friendly network in Auckland takes away the anxiety of batteries running low with the convenience now of recharging on the go.”

ChargeNet NZ, a leading advocate of switching to clean energy transport options, is pioneering the installation of a nationwide recharging network stretching from Invercargill to Kaitaia. To date, ChargeNet has supplied 79 fast chargers. Currently 92 DC fast chargers are on the ChargeNet network by by the end of 2018 well over 100 chargers will be operating to make long distance electric vehicle travel a clean, quiet and hassle-free experience.


Important Information

  • The free charging stations are standard AC and will provide drivers with a top-up charge – most electric vehicle owners will still likely recharge overnight at home or at a ChargeNet station
  • To use the chargers, you need to have a ChargeNet account. You can freely sign up for one at https://charge.net.nz/
  • To start the charger you can use the free ChargeNet app (available from Google Play or the Apple Store), a ChargeNet fob, or through https://charge.net.nz/
  • Users need to bring their own cables. Either Type 2 to Type 1 (j1772) or Type 2 to Type 2. Charging units are socketed and have no cables attached. You can purchase cables from a variety of providers including Chargemaster, Blue Cars, OEM Audio, Juice PointE Charge, and others
  • Normal parking fees apply
  • Charging locations are here https://charge.net.nz/about/ac-charger-project/

For more information please contact:

Shawn Moodie, ChargeNet Media Office

021 968 738 or shawn.moodie@charge.net.nz

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