Coromandel gets first commercial EV charger

Coromandel gets first commercial EV charger

kopu-signThe Coromandel region now has its first commercial EV charge – the first of what the local council hopes will be an network in the region.

The Kopu Cafe on the edge of Thames installed the charger.

John Leeman from Transition Town Thames (T3) is excited by this development, which he says is just the first step in the network of EV charging stations around the entire Coromandel.

“Apart from the Kopu Cafe charging point, T3 is sponsoring an EV charging station for the Thames township, which will be installed once a suitable site is located,” says Leeman, who is also an EV owner and enthusiast. “We are also hoping to find a suitable place for an EV ‘Fast Charger’ in Thames.”

“The idea of the Thames and Kopu chargers is to allow owners of EVs to travel outside Auckland and ‘Top Up’ their EVs adding a little power to the vehicle so there is not so much worry about “range anxiety” (caused when you fret about running out of juice),” Leeman says.

Filling up at the Kopu Cafe costs $2.50 /per hour.

EV converts are doing a promotional drive from Kaitaia to Bluff this year and will be stopping in Thames overnight on 10 April.

Coromandel gets first commercial EV charger

The Coromandel region now has its first commercial EV charge – the first of what the local council hopes will be an network in the region.

The Kopu Cafe on the edge of Thames installed the charger.

John Leeman from Transition Town Thames (T3) is excited by this development, which he says is just the first step in the network of EV charging stations around the entire Coromandel.

“Apart from the Kopu Cafe charging point, T3 is sponsoring an EV charging station for the Thames township, which will be installed once a suitable site is located,” says Leeman, who is also an EV owner and enthusiast. “We are also hoping to find a suitable place for an EV ‘Fast Charger’ in Thames.”

“The idea of the Thames and Kopu chargers is to allow owners of EVs to travel outside Auckland and ‘Top Up’ their EVs adding a little power to the vehicle so there is not so much worry about “range anxiety” (caused when you fret about running out of juice),” Leeman says.

Filling up at the Kopu Cafe costs $2.50 /per hour.

EV converts are doing a promotional drive from Kaitaia to Bluff this year and will be stopping in Thames overnight on 10 April.

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