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.

A Free Electric Vehicle Charger for Business Fleet Vehicle

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

Public EV Chargers

There are 9 EV fast chargers that have been rolled out across the Southland region. They are located in Milton, Balclutha, Lawrence, Ranfurly, Gore, Lumsden, Winton, Invercargill and Frankton. There are also plans on the way to place fast-chargers on the Southern Scenic Route.

Find more EV chargers here