Minister of Energy and Resources officially opens Network Tasman’s first fast-charging EV station

Pictured: Simon Bridges, Minister of Energy and Resources, officially opens Network Tasman's first fast-charging EV station along with local MPs Nick Smith and Maureen Pugh and Network Tasman Chairman John McCliskie at Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand.

Minister of Energy and Resources Hon Simon Bridges officially opened Network Tasman’s first fast-charging electric vehicle station in Richmond today.

This is the first of many the company plans to install on its network and can currently be used free of charge as part of the initial trial period. It is located in the Tasman District Council carpark at the back of the Richmond Public Library at 280 Queen St. 

“Electric vehicles are the future and we believe usage will increase significantly over the coming years due to improvements in EV battery technology,” says Network Tasman CEO Wayne Mackey. “The Government has already signalled its strong support for electric vehicles, which is why it is great to have the Minister, who is himself an EV owner, with us here today.” 

Network Tasman is working with the Nelson City Council with a view to installing a charging station at a central city site. It is also close to confirming an agreement with Tasman District Council that will see a charging station in Takaka up and running by the end of the year. 

Fast-charging EV stations with output of up to 50kW are used where a vehicle needs a significant charge in a relatively short space of time, for example, if the vehicle is travelling between regions. 

Network Tasman has selected the ABB Terra 53 unit, the same unit that is being installed by Vector, New Zealand’s largest electricity distributor, and WEL Networks in Hamilton. Typically the ABB Terra 53 fast-chargers can charge an electric vehicle’s battery fully in 20 minutes, and re-charge approximately 11 vehicles per day.

“This particular technology allows Network Tasman to operate a centralised control function,” says Mackey. “It provides us with status notifications and usage statistics, and has the ability to manage point of sale transactions via credit and debit cards. We also hope to be able to accept payment via mobile devices.”