Driving towards a sustainable future
Growing numbers of EVs in the region
Nelson Tasman has one of the highest EV uptake rates in the country, second only to Auckland. The number of EVs in Nelson Tasman has almost tripled in the last year.
EV ownership seems likely to continue its rapid growth as a greater variety of car models become available, with increased battery capacity and range.
Network Tasman is taking a proactive approach by carrying out a study to gauge the impact of EV charging on peak network loads. This study will help inform its future asset management planning for the region.
The most cost-effective way for EV owners to charge their vehicles is by charging them at home overnight. However, public charging stations provide a good option for EV owners who are travelling or who need a top-up charge when they’re out and about.
Partnering with ChargeNet NZ from 1 August 2018
Network Tasman’s three public fast-charging stations in Nelson, Richmond and Golden Bay will become part of a linked national network of more than 100 fast chargers throughout New Zealand.
The ChargeNet NZ phone app and website will display the availability of chargers and locations, allowing users to plan their route and to see the state of their vehicle charge in progress.
EV owners will be able to pop away while their vehicles are charging and be notified by text when the charging session is finished, or if there is an interruption in the charging session.
Pricing for Network Tasman’s EV fast chargers
Network Tasman currently provides free use of its fast chargers to support early adoption of EV technology in the region.
From 1 August 2018 Network Tasman will introduce a fee of 25c per kWh plus 25c per minute of charging time. This pricing is consistent with the majority of ChargeNet NZ chargers throughout the country.
To use the chargers, EV drivers will need to download the ChargeNet.nz phone app or create an account and order an RFID fob via the www.Charge.Net.nz website.
Network Tasman’s lines charges will decrease from 1 April 2019. This is good news for almost all consumers as it means the average residential customer’s lines charge will fall by $3.50 per month (including GST).
Electric vehicles are attracting a lot of interest in our region and it's great to see the community using the charging stations Network Tasman has installed.
Two new stations to fill up your car are being built in the region but there won’t be a drop of fuel in sight. Rather than the traditional petrol and diesel pumps, the two stations in Takaka and Nelson will be pumping energy.