Where will I charge it?
You have a wide range of recharging options for your EV, both at home and on the road.
Use your regular socket at home
If you have the right charging cable, you can you use your regular sockets and power supply to slow-charge your car overnight. By taking the correct precautions, this is safe – click here to see EECA’s safety recommendations.
Right through your house you’ve got 3-pin sockets to plug appliances into, and there’s probably at least one in your garage. Depending on the size, from completely empty your battery will take about 12 hours to be fully charged with an ordinary 8-10 amp power outlet. You can find an 8-amp EV charging cable at Drive Electric member juicepoint.co.nz. It’s always a good idea to get installation advice from a registered electrician. Depending on the age of your house and the condition of the wiring, you may need a separate line from the fuse box and/or a charging unit to keep your family safe.
No garage? Faster charge?
Maybe you don’t have a garage and you need an outside power point installed, or you might want faster charging. An electrician can quickly install a 15 amp socket, with a waterproof casing if need be.
Charging on the go
When you’re travelling or camping, you’ll find that most campgrounds use the 16 amp Blue Commando. With a portable charging cable and plug (that correctly match the socket) you can charge up anywhere around the country. You might even want this socket installed at home – they’re tough and long-lasting, great for outdoor conditions.
Because they draw as much power as an oven they’ll need heavier wire and their own circuit breaker on your switchboard. The advantage – your car battery will take 4-8 hours to charge depending on the model. Check out bluecars.nz for Blue Commando equipment.
Go fancy to get going faster
Save time attaching and stowing cables, charge faster at higher currents, and get information on your smart phone by installing a dedicated, wall-mounted charger. The cable is attached to the unit, with a specific plug to fit your car.
If you have an EV with a large battery, able to support the higher kWh charging speed (16-40 amp), this could be the charging option for you.
Find out more about wall-mounted chargers at charge.net.nz
Ever-expanding charging network
There is an ever growing nation-wide network of rapid DC chargers, at power levels between 22kW and 50kW – compared with your average 2.2kW at home. This means you can recharge on the go in less than half an hour, instead of overnight.
40 sites exist already in New Zealand, with plans to increase this to over 100 over the next couple of years. These rapid DC chargers can be found at various locations, including some petrol stations (BP and Z) and shopping locations. These are places you might visit for half an hour anyway so you can recharge while you are doing other things. You will be able to recharge your EV and do your shopping at the same time.
Plugshare.com is a website and a Mobile App that you can download, which lists where all the public chargers are. Similarly, you can view a map of planned stations from charge.net.nz or download Vector’s new Mobile app for locations and live status information (available for iOS and Android).