ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS
ABOUT ELECTRIC VEHICLES
‘EV’ stands for electric vehicle. They’re not just better for the environment – they’re also great cars to own and drive.
With no clutch or gears EVs can accelerate smoothly and quickly so they often feel like you’re driving a sports car.
A fully electric car has fewer moving parts, so you’ll spend less on maintenance.
They’re very cheap to run because you won’t use much – or any – petrol or diesel.
Charge overnight at home – while you’re sleeping….
THINKING OF PURCHASING AN EV?
EVs make excellent family or fleet vehicles since they’re much cheaper to run and maintain than an equivalent petrol or diesel powered vehicle”. But which one is right for you?
There are an increasing number of new EVs coming onto the market, and used car importers are now bringing in a range of used EVs too – you’ll find them on TradeMe and other car auction sites.
SO YOU'VE BOUGHT AN EV.. WHAT ABOUT CHARGING?
There are a number of possible ways to charge your EV...
The Charge Station – this unit is hardwired into your home for overnight charging. On average most people drive only 28km per day, so an overnight charge with these units will give you enough juice to get where you need to go several times over.
The Portable Charger – this unit is designed to remain in the vehicle for occasions where you’re staying at a friend’s place or at your bach and you don’t have a hard wired charge station available.
The Rapid DC Charge Station – these are the public units strategically placed around the country for convenience when you’re out and about. The carefully chosen locations ensure an EV can drive from one end of the country to the other with loads of opportunities to charge on the way. Rapid charge stations bypass the vehicle’s onboard charger for a super fast charge to get you back on the road quickly.
PUBLIC CHARGING STATIONS
There is an ever growing nation-wide network of rapid DC chargers, at power levels between 22kW and 50kW – compared with your average 2.2kW at home. This means you can recharge on the go in less than half an hour, instead of overnight.
40 sites exist already in New Zealand, with plans to increase this to over 100 over the next couple of years, and we're in the process of making Te Puke and Katikati next on the list!
AT HOME EV CHARGING STATIONS
If you or somebody you know are considering purchasing an electric vehicle then get in contact with us to have a chat about your own EV charging station.
You might be surprised how easy it is!