Pricing at Network Tasman’s EV charging stations will change from 1 November 2018

(Media Release)

Pricing for the use of Network Tasman’s three public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Nelson City, Richmond and Takaka will change to 40c per kWh from 1 November 2018. Previously, users of Network Tasman’s charging station paid 25c per kWh and 25c per minute of charging time. 

“We think that this change will simplify and reduce the overall price for users of the charging stations and will be welcomed by users,” says Network Tasman’s Chief Executive, Oliver Kearney. “Customer feedback since we introduced pricing in August 2018 was that applying a price per minute of charge time was creating anomalies. In response to that feedback, we have decided that a flat rate price will be fair and encourage EV owners to use our fast charging network.”

EV owners will continue to be able to pay either through the phone app or by ordering an RFID fob via the website.

The ChargeNet NZ phone app and website displays the location, availability and operational status of chargers nationally, allowing EV users to plan their route and see the state of their vehicle charge in progress. Vehicle owners are able to pop away while their vehicles are charging and be notified by text when the charging session is finished, or if there has been an interruption to the session.

EV ownership is high in the Nelson Tasman region, with the number of EVs in the area having almost tripled in the last year. In terms of ownership levels per head of population, Nelson Tasman has one of the highest uptake rates in New Zealand.

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. The study will help inform the company’s future asset management planning for the region.