PowerNet and Electric Vehicles

A Free Electric Vehicle Charger for Businesses

We are continuing our efforts to support Southland businesses by giving a free electric vehicle charger to businesses with an electric vehicle in their business fleet to encourage uptake of electric vehicles in Southland. PowerNet supports participating businesses with information on chargers and the free installation on their premises. We are also gathering data from these chargers that will help us to plan for electricity distribution network.

If you would to learn more and discuss the opportunities we have to offer, please email EV@powernet.co.nz

What’s PowerNet doing to support the use of electric vehicles?

In the Community

In collaboration with ChargeNet, we’re installing fast-charging stations across the Southern region. 50kW fast-charging stations have already been installed in Invercargill, Balclutha, Milton, Gore, Winton, Lumsden, Ranfurly and Frankton with plans in the near future for installations in Lumsden, Athol, Lawrence.

To view the ChargeNet fast-charging stations map click here.


At the Office

Our company fleet includes two fully electric Nissan Leafs. One of these vehicles is the `car of choice’ for office staff who use it as a pool car around Invercargill. Our fleet also includes four plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander vehicles. These are great transition vehicles for the longer distances across our southern electricity networks.


PowerNet is excited to be leading the way in the introduction and use of electric vehicles in southern New Zealand.

Over the coming decades, New Zealand will transition to a low-carbon economy making increasing use of electricity generated from renewable hydro, wind and geothermal resources. Today, 80-90% of all electricity generated in New Zealand comes from these renewables, so we’re off to a good start. Renewable electricity that powers electric vehicles will directly offset the burning of fossil fuels.

For households, communities and businesses, driving an electric vehicle is one way we can all contribute to a cleaner, greener New Zealand.

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