First fast charger in planned network arrives

First fast charger in planned network arrives

SteveSuperChargerMay2015[1]The first of 23 fast electric vehicle chargers being installed in a nationwide network has arrived.

The charging network is being planned by Charge.net.nz, founded and lead by software company owner Steve West – an electric vehicle enthusiast who already has two Teslas in his own vehicle fleet.

The stations were developed by Brisbane-based firm Tritium, and are ‘DC Rapid’ chargers.

The chargers bypass an electric vehicles onboard charger to charge the battery quicker, and are similar to the ‘Supercharger’ type followed out on larger countries by Tesla.

Each charging station is compatible with both CHAdeMO and CCS charging standards, covering most of the electric vehicles available in NZ.

“One of the biggest challenges to the uptake of Electric Vehicles in New Zealand is something called range anxiety.” says West. “Many people are intrigued by the idea of driving EVs as they become more affordable and the technology improves, but are worried about being caught short while they are on the go.

“These charging stations can charge an entry level EV like a Nissan Leaf in just 25 minutes.”

Charging stations are activated using either an RFID tag or a smartphone App. Users pay for the time they are charging at the station.

Maps of the Charge.net.nz planned network can be found at Charge.net.nz

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