The region’s Electric Vehicle (EV) fast-chargers are set to join ChargeNet New Zealand’s national linked system from 01 April 2019.
There are six EV fast-chargers in the region, which connect the East Coast to a nationwide network of charging stations. They are located in Wairoa, Morere, Gisborne, Tolaga Bay, Te Araroa and Matawai.
Five of the chargers were co-funded by the EECA Low Emission Vehicles Contestable fund. The other charger (located outside Electric Village, 37 Gladstone Road, Gisborne) was co-funded by the Eastland Community Trust.
Owned and operated by Eastland Group’s Electric Village, the charging stations have been free to use for the past 18 months in order to encourage EV uptake in the region.
Free ChargeNet RFID fobs available from Electric Village
From 01 April 2019, users will need to be registered with nationwide charging infrastructure company, ChargeNet in order to operate the chargers. The cost of charging will be 40cents per kWh. A typical charge at this tariff will cost approximately $8.00. Please note, the cost to power up will depend on the size of the battery and it’s start/end states of charge.
To activate chargers, users will need a ChargeNet Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) fob or access to the ChargeNet mobile app. RFID fobs are available free of charge from Electric Village, or they can be purchased from ChargeNet directly. Go to www.charge.net.nz or visit Electric Village to create a ChargeNet account.
Benefits of joining the ChargeNet network
“Joining ChargeNet will increase our chargers’ capabilities,” says Electric Village’s energy champion Jaclyn Findon.
“The updated communications that ChargeNet provide will allow our chargers to appear on the national database for EV charging, EVROAM. This will show the world that Tairāwhiti Gisborne is ready for EV tourism, and continue to encourage locals to purchase an EV.
“The ChargeNet app also allows users to monitor their charging sessions remotely and be notified by text when the charge is complete, or if there has been an interruption during the session.”
Electric Vehicle uptake in New Zealand
The New Zealand Government is aiming to have 64,000 EVs on the road by 2021. Currently the NZ uptake is ahead of predictions, with approximetly 11,625 EVs registered in New Zealand at the end of 2018 - 41 of which were registered to the Tairāwhiti Gisborne region.
For more information about EVs and EV charging, visit Electric Village, Tairāwhiti’s home of new energy, at 37 Gladstone Road, Gisborne.