New Electric Vehicle fast-charging station in Nelson

Network Tasman opens a new Electric Vehicle fast-charging station in Nelson

Pictured: Nelson City Council Mayor Rachel Reese and Network Tasman CEO Oliver Kearney at the new fast-charging electric vehicle station in the Millers Acre carpark in central Nelson.

Network Tasman marked the opening of its third public Electric Vehicle fast-charging station with Nelson mayor Rachel Reese today (23 January 2017). The charging station is in the Millers Acre carpark adjacent to the Nelson iSite.

It was the first of two new Network Tasman fast-charging stations being celebrated this week. A community event in Takaka will mark the launch of the town’s new EV station on Thursday, 26 January from 12pm-2pm next to the iSite in Takaka.

“We’ve noticed a great deal of interest in the EV stations we’re installing,” said Network Tasman CEO Oliver Kearney. 

“Feedback from current EV owners in the Nelson Tasman area has been very positive and of course new infrastructure like this will encourage EV owners in other parts of the country to bring their vehicles to the region.”

Network Tasman is installing ABB Terra 53 units, the same as those being installed by Vector, New Zealand’s largest electricity distributor, and WEL Networks in Hamilton. “The ABB Terra 53 fast-chargers can fully charge an electric vehicle’s battery in around 20 minutes,” said Kearney.

Network Tasman has added EVs to its own vehicle fleet and believes that interest in adding EVs to company fleets will increase as more road users drive EVs and experience the benefits they bring in terms of environmental impact, on-road cost and reduced driver fatigue.

The company will monitor use of its first three EV fast-charging stations with a view to installing more charging stations in other locations within Nelson/Tasman.

“All three of our current fast-charging stations are free for the public to use at this stage and we want to encourage all EV owners to make good use of them so that we can ascertain the level of demand for more stations.”