While at first glance, using a fast charger for the first time might seem daunting, rest assured they’re relatively straightforward. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions to get you started.

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Do I need an account to use the ChargeNet network?

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.

How do I create a ChargeNet 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. 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.

How do I use a ChargeNet charger?

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.

First things first — before you head to a charging station

To use the ChargeNet network, you don’t need to bring cash or cards, but you will need to create an account. It’s best to do this before you need to visit a charging station for the first time.

Creating a ChargeNet account is simple, free, and takes only a few minutes via our website or app. You only pay for what you use, with no nasty surprises.

To create your account, click the ‘Sign Up’ button on the ChargeNet website. You’ll need a credit or debit card, or if you don’t have one, you can even use a valid pre-paid VISA, eg, Prezzy card.

Once you open your account, you can order and register your ChargeNet RFID fob. Simply visit our ordering page and place an order, or click here. We’ll courier your RFID fob to you, which looks like a swipe tag that comes with your gym membership. Attach this to your keyring so it’s always with you.

To access the network before your key fob arrives in the mail, you can start a charging session via our app, or through https://app.charge.net.nz/charge. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be able to access the charging network and enjoy ‘filling up’ without pulling out your wallet each time.

It’s also a good idea to download the ChargeNet App before you hit the road. The easiest way to stay in charge of your charging sessions is with the ChargeNet app. From the palm of your hand you can find charging stations, view live availability, check pricing, or activate and monitor charging sessions.

Where can I find a ChargeNet charging station?

The ChargeNet network is continually growing. For an up-to-date list of our chargers and their locations visit the ChargeNet map.

Is there a ChargeNet app?

Yes! This is available to download for free from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.

How do I start a charging session?

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.

How do I stop a charging session?

If you need to leave before you’ve finished charging, you can stop at any time. Simply wave your RFID Fob across the reader to unlock your charging session. Then press the Stop button on the display interface. If you started the charge with the ChargeNet app, you can also stop the charge with the app.

After pressing stop, wait a few seconds for the station to disengage from your car. The CHAdeMO connector has a red indicator light on top of it, which will turn off once it’s safe to remove the connector (some stations have a switch on the connector handle). The CCS-2 connector does not so wait a few seconds. Firmly but gently pull the connector out of your EV and be sure to hang the cable back up so it doesn’t get damaged. Close your charge port and port cover carefully as well. These can be fairly fragile on some models.

Please do not press the big red Emergency Stop button unless it is a real emergency. This not only stops your charge, but it also shuts down the whole station causing headaches for our Network Manager. If an Emegency Stop is essential, please reset for the next person before you leave.

How do I pay for my charging session?

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 noreply@charge.net.nz and your account has an up-to-date credit or debit card to ensure your account stays active.

How long will it take to charge my EV?

At a 50kW ChargeNet DC rapid charger, you can usually expect to add about a 66 km range in 15 minutes. The three main variables* are: what model EV you have, how many kW you want, and which part of your battery you are charging, i.e., the lower half is quicker than the top half. You can learn more about this subject here – How long will it take to charge my EV?

Recently, ChargeNet has installed 300 kW hyper-rapid EV chargers. The massive output of these hyper-rapid chargers can charge some modern EVs to 100km in less than 5 minutes or 400km in up to 15 minutes. Even if your EV cannot take such a high wattage, you can still use them at lower speeds. Your EV will automatically choose the speed that suits it best. Plus, they can each charge three cars at once, so you are less likely to need to wait. We are installing more of these powerful beasts in strategic locations where they will get the most use.

ChargeNet‘s AC charging points offer between 7 -22 kW of power. The actual AC charger is onboard your car, and maximum power inflow is limited to your charger’s ability. For example, some older EVs can only accept 3.3kW. If your EV can accept a 7 kW charge, it should take approx.* 2.5 hours to get 100km or 15 minutes for 10 km, which is usually enough to get you to the closest rapid charger. Another benefit is you can opportunity charge, for free, whilst shopping. And the only restriction on how long you may stay depends on each car park.

*charging speeds are dependent on many factors over which we have no control, such as your car’s BMS settings and the temperature. We can only give you general guidelines.

How much does it cost to charge?

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.

What is an RFID fob and how can I order one?

RFID fobs (radio frequency Identification tags) are plastic discs with a unique identifier chip enclosed linked to your account that enable charging sessions. Sessions activated with your RFID fob are billed directly to your account. The RFID fobs cost between $5.00 and $10.00 each, plus $7.50 shipping per order. Once you have created a ChargeNet account, these can be ordered through your account via the RFID fob tab.

I am looking to install a DC Rapid Charger. Can ChargeNet help?

If you are looking to install a DC rapid charger, we are happy to chat about your requirements. Please contact us to discuss further.

What is the difference between AC and DC Charging?

AC charging is slower, much like charging at home. The ChargeNet DC charging is a fast, premium service enabling you to charge your car in the shortest time period possible. You can learn more about this subject here.

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If you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 0800 224 274. Our support centre is available round the clock to ensure that we are always here for you.

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We understand that sometimes the best way to tackle a problem is by troubleshooting it yourself, as it helps you gain the confidence and skills to handle similar issues in the future. That’s why we’ve put together a handy troubleshooting guide that you can turn to whenever something doesn’t quite go according to plan. It’s always here to lend a helping hand.