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EV charging network powers up

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Govt co-funds 100 new chargers on 19 popular routes with many set to be ready by Christmas.
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The public EV charging network has received a significant boost with government co-funding 100 new chargers on 19 popular New Zealand holiday routes, and many are expected to be up and running by Christmas.

Minister of Energy and Resources Dr Megan Woods said the focus is on major highways, thoroughfares, and places New Zealanders regularly visit while out and about, such as shopping.

“Our EV sales keep increasing month on month, so we’re working with the industry to ensure charging capacity grows, and in front of demand,” Woods said. 

“We have hit the previous EV charging target of one charger each 75km on our state highways, but our new vision is that New Zealanders should be able to charge where and when they need to. The projects that have received co-funding today show the full mix of options EV drivers can expect.” 

EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) research shows that while 80% of people do more than half of their charging at home, Kiwis also need a range of options available to them while out and about, and especially on longer journeys. 

Woods said new chargers will be situated at places like shopping centres where people may be parked for up to a couple of hours. 

“To help with longer journeys, the government is co-funding high-speed chargers on main highways at 19 popular holiday routes including Bombay, Turangi and Wanaka. Also included are the country’s first charging ‘hubs’ where up to 10 high-speed chargers will sit alongside amenities like food options and toilets.” 

 The government’s draft National EV Charging Strategy, Charging our Future, proposed a target for hubs to be situated about every 150-200km across the state highway network.

The announced projects come from three rounds of the Low Emission Transport Fund, administered by EECA. Altogether, 16 projects will receive $11 million in government co-funding, matched by $13.5m in private investment.

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