We’ve compiled this guide of 10 essential EV charging tips to help new drivers charge their vehicles efficiently and effectively. From choosing the right charging station to understanding charging speeds, these tips will help you make the most out of your EV driving experience. So whether you’re a new EV driver or considering making the switch, keep reading to learn how to charge your vehicle like a pro.
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A comprehensive guide to public EV charging
If you’re used to plugging in your mobile phone or laptop,
you’ll be happy to know that charging your electric vehicle (EV)
is just as simple. However, since there are some nuances to
charging an EV, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to public
EV charging to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Frequently Asked QuestionsMore FAQs
Yes, to use the ChargeNet network you will need to create an account. Creating a ChargeNet account is simple, free and takes just a few minutes. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be able to access the rapid charging network instantly and enjoy easy billing and payment. To create your account, click the ‘Sign Up’ button.
Creating a ChargeNet account is simple, free and takes just a few minutes. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be able to access the rapid charging network instantly and enjoy easy billing and payment. To create your account click the ‘Sign Up’ button. Next, enter your details and add your credit or debit card, and you’re ready to hit the road. Within your account, you can start a charging session, monitor your usage, and download your invoices.
To start a charging session you will need to create a ChargeNet account (sign up here). Once you have created an account and loaded a debit or credit card you will be able to use the network. Your credit or debit card will be billed at the end of each charging session. At the start of each month, ChargeNet will email you a statement/invoice for your previous month’s charging. Please ensure that your email system will accept emails from firstname.lastname@example.org and your account has an up-to-date credit or debit card to ensure your account stays active.
We offer multiple ways to start a charging session. You can charge in one of the following ways:
Remotely via the app or start charge page:
You can activate a charging session using your smartphone via the app or going to charge.net.nz and clicking on start charge.
By RFID fob:
You can activate a charging session using the RFID fob linked to your account. Simply swipe or tap the RFID fob on the designated area on the charging station.
If you need additional support:
You can phone our 24/7 support line on 0800 224 274 and we can activate the charging station for you.
The ChargeNet network is continually growing. For an up-to-date list of our chargers and their locations visit the ChargeNet map.
To use a ChargeNet charging station, plug in your EV and activate your session within the ChargeNet app or by swiping your RFID fob and pressing the ‘start’ button on the charger.
Please ensure that your EV is turned off as some will not initiate a charge while switched on.
If in doubt, the instructions are printed on the front panel of each of our chargers.
If a charging session has not started within 3 minutes, the charger will time out. If this happens, please return the charger to its cradle to reset the machine before starting the charging process again.
On stations that have the option of selecting a max charge (80% Max black button) these stations will default to a 80% charge as it is the quickest most efficient charge. If you wish to receive the max charge of 95%, please press the max button.
Please be courteous to other users by not parking at an EV charging station if you are not charging and by moving your vehicle once you are finished.
To learn more about EV Fast Charging Stations and how to use them, check out this article.
The average charging session will cost between $5 and $15 using a rapid or hyper-rapid charging station. These costs may differ depending on what level charger you are using and the size of your battery. If you have a vehicle with a large, or slow battery it will cost more than average. Prices are set at a charging station level and vary across the network. Please refer to the Charge page at app.charge.net.nz or download the ChargeNet app for a full list of current charging rates.