National Army Museum powers into the future

New Zealand’s first dual fast charge electric vehicle station outside Auckland was launched in Waiouru by leading American electric vehicle advocate Chelsea Sexton.

The Stylish new chargers feature a silhouette of a historical ANZAC soldier.

The charger was officially opened at the National Army Museum on Tuesday, July 18th, by ChargeNet NZ in a collaborative project with Powerco and the museum signalling a key development in New Zealand’s rapidly evolving EV infrastructure.

“We believe wholeheartedly that electric vehicles are the transport of the future and, as one of New Zealand’s largest electricity distributors, we are committed to helping achieve a cleaner, greener future,” says Powerco Commercial Manager Eric Pellicer.

“EVs are cheaper, cleaner and quieter to run than traditional petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles, however, one of the challenges until now has been the ability to charge them quickly, and when you are away from home, says Mr Pellicer.

“Most electric vehicles take six to eight hours to charge at a standard power point, but fast charge stations like this one can charge a vehicle in less than 25 minutes. By providing a network of these fast charge stations around the country, we are alleviating the ‘range anxiety’ that comes with owning an electric vehicle.”

“We believe wholeheartedly that electric vehicles are the transport of the future and, as one of New Zealand’s largest electricity distributors, we are committed to helping achieve a cleaner, greener future,” says Powerco Commercial Manager Eric Pellicer.

The Waiouru station has two chargers, each capable of charging cars equipped for DC charging.

“This is the first dual charge station to be opened outside Auckland, which is significant. There is a growing demand for charging stations to meet the needs of long-distance EV travellers and Waiouru’s Central North Island location is perfectly positioned to meet that demand,” says Mr Pellicer.

Steve West, CEO of ChargeNet NZ, adds: “We have already partnered with Powerco on installing fast chargers at seven sites. Waiouru is the first site where we have installed two chargers at once and reflects this key location’s importance in our growing charging network as well as the significant growth in EV ownership.”

Speakers on the day (from left) Steve West, CEO ChargeNet NZ; Tracy Puklowski, Museum Director; Eric Pellicer, Commercial Manager Powerco; Chelsea Sexton, International EV advocate; Ian McKelvie, MP for Rangitikei.

The charger’s installation coincides with a $2.5 million upgrade of the National Army Museum, which includes a new exhibition gallery, council-run iSITE and expanded retail gift shop.

“The National Army Museum is committed to a more sustainable, environmentally friendly future so it was a logical step to provide a car charging facility at the museum,” says Museum Director Tracy Puklowski.

“We are the perfect place to stop when travelling through the North Island and users will have a chance to explore the museum’s galleries and visit Home Fires Café while they wait.”

Chelsea Sexton, who featured in the award-winning documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? alongside Mel Gibson and Tom Hanks, is in New Zealand to assist the Better NZ Trust in their education programme for EVs.

Based in the United States, Sexton started selling cars at the age of 17 to put herself through college, but soon found her passion for EVs as part of the General Motors EV1 programme.  In the two decades since, she has amassed unparalleled expertise in the electric transportation ecosystem, including market strategy, stakeholder engagement, retail processes, public policy, infrastructure, and communications.

Chelsea Sexton, EV Advocate, cut the ribbons at the official Waiouru ChargeNet opening

“I am delighted to be back in New Zealand,” says Sexton.

“When I was here only a year ago I was opening one of New Zealand’s first fast chargers. Now ChargeNet NZ has close to 50 active stations on their network and, with partners such as Powerco, are making a huge contribution to facilitate the uptake of EVs in your country.”

 

Powerco is New Zealand’s second-largest electricity utility and largest gas distribution utility with around 442,000 consumers connected to its networks. Powerco’s electricity networks are in Western Bay of Plenty, Thames, Coromandel, Eastern and Southern Waikato, Taranaki, Whanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu and the Wairarapa. Its gas pipeline networks are in Taranaki, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Wellington, Horowhenua, Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay.
For more information visit www.powerco.co.nz

 

 

 

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