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Electric Vehicle & Electric Charging

Why Buy an Electric Vehicle?

Electric vehicles are vehicles that uses large electric batteries to power an electric motor. It is much cleaner and cheaper to run. The typical range for these electric vehicles are at about 120km for older models Nissan Leafs and up to 400km for newer models cars such as the Hyundai Kona and the Tesla Model 3.

Based on our calculations, an electric vehicle cost about $0.03 – $0.04 per kilometre whilst an equivalent fuel efficient petrol car would cost around $0.13 per kilometre. Maintenance for an electric vehicle is also cheaper as there are less moving parts and no need to change engine oils every 5000km.

Between an equivalent second hand electric and petrol car, the electric car would break-even in 6 years despite the higher initial cost compared to the petrol car.

A Deloitte study predicts that the tipping point for the electric vehicle would be around 2022, which means that electric vehicles will cost the same as a petrol/diesel vehicle.

The Government is also intending to have a feebate for electric cars. Click here for more information.

Click here to find out EVs available in New Zealand, and where to buy them.

Key Considerations Before Buying an EV

There are a few considerations that you need to consider before purchasing an EV.

  • What is your daily commute like? – Charging at home once or twice a week would be enough to cover most peoples’ day-to-day driving.
  • Where will I charge my EV? – Your EV can be charged either on a public charger or a home charger
  • What type of EV charger do I need at home? – You can charge your EV from the normal 3-pin plug, but it is advisable to have an EV charger. Note that not all EV offer 3 phase charging.

Most EVs allow you to set a charging timer so that you charge at lower off-peak rates overnight.

Electric Vehicle Charging Guide

New Zealand’s light vehicle transport industry is set to undergo a transition to battery electric powered vehicles (EVs) at a pace likely to surprise most people.

Many New Zealander’s next vehicle will be an EV. This means rather than filling cars with petrol or diesel your future car will be plugged in and charged just like your other mobile devices.

There are two types of EV chargers; AC and DC. AC chargers are usually low-powered, domestic residential units while DC chargers are high-powered commercial units

To find out more about how EVs charge, the differences between AC and DC Charging and the type of connectors, click here.

Electric Heaven has also produced a comprehensive New Zealand Electric Car Guide. Click here to download the guide.

Electric Vehicle Charger for Business Fleet Vehicle

More and more Southland businesses are converting their fleet vehicles to electric. Electric vehicle (EV) chargers on the premise would mean that the electric fleet vehicle would have the luxury of charging up on site. Most modern EV chargers have smart energy management software that allows charge to be distributed evenly across fleets without the need for major electrical capacity upgrades. If you would like to discuss some opportunities we have to offer or to discuss your EV energy requirement needs, please email

Public EV Chargers

There are now more than 10 EV fast chargers that have been rolled out across the Southern region, with the recent addition in 2020 in Bluff and Te Anau. There are also plans on the way to place fast-chargers on the Southern Scenic Route.

You can view the location and status of those EV fast chargers on ChargeNet’s website here