The partnership is to extend the charging network for electric vehicles
ChargeNet New Zealand Ltd has partnered with Aurora Energy New Zealand Ltd and proposes to extend the charging network for electric vehicles in Dunedin, Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes.
The organizations will work together, as per the agreement, to upgrade the existing charger in Filleul St, Dunedin, to a Tritium charger supplied by ChargeNet.
The partnership will enable faster growth in the southern region as ChargeNet New Zealand continues to grow their nationwide charging network.
Nick Smith, Chief Operating Officer of ChargeNet NZ, said “The Otago region is one of the most active regions in the country in terms of embracing electric vehicles, and we are keen to support electric vehicle owners through this partnership with Aurora Energy. Extending the Dunedin and surrounding offerings is an important step in bolstering our ever-growing nationwide network of fast chargers and will be a game changer for both local and visiting electric vehicle owners.”
He added that with most electric vehicles taking between six to eight hours to charge via a domestic power point, one of the challenges has been the ability to charge them when away from home, but the fast charge network which was being put in place will allow electric vehicle owners to charge a vehicle in less than 25 minutes.
The partnership with ChargeNet will give vehicle owners in Dunedin and wider Otago region greater confidence to make the move to driving electric.
Grady Cameron, Chief Executive of Aurora Energy, said “We expect the new partnership will support further electric vehicle uptake across our network area and encourage even more people to make the switch to electric vehicles. Since Aurora Energy installed the South Island’s first public fast charging station in February 2016, the number of electric vehicles in Otago has increased from 50 to 225. Nationwide, the growth in electric vehicles has been exponential with 5,400 now registered in New Zealand, up from just 500 three years ago.
Cameroon concluded thatelectric vehicles are an increasingly attractive option for New Zealand drivers and are cheaper, cleaner and quieter to run than traditional fuel and diesel vehicles. PWKD06122017
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