Dunedin home to South Island's first fast-charging station for electric vehicles
Dunedin will be home to the South Island's first public fast-charging station for electric vehicles. Infrastructure company Delta is behind the installation, which will charge electric vehicles to an 80 per cent charge in just half an hour. Standard chargers take five hours for a full charge.
The fast-charging station will be available free for at least its first year of operation, after which a rapid charge will cost about $5.
Chief executive Grady Cameron said the rapid charger would contribute to the emerging network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across New Zealand.
"New Zealand currently has nearly 800 registered electric vehicles on the road, more than double from the same time last year. The planned rapid charging station in Dunedin will contribute to development of a national network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure."
Cameron said all major car manufacturers offered electric vehicles, with the company recently ordering a Nissan Leaf for its own fleet.
The average amount of driving per day in New Zealand was about 28.5 kilometres, which was well within the range of a typical modern all-electric vehicle of more than 100km, he said.
"We know that range anxiety for longer trips remains a barrier for prospective owners. With ever more charging stations being added, we can expect electric vehicle owners will soon be able to travel the length of the country with ready access to charging facilities, banishing that concern."
The company had lodged a resource consent application with the Dunedin City Council to install the new charging station in the council's Filleul St car park.
If approved, the 50-kilowatt charger could be installed before Christmas.