Where will I charge it?
Use your regular socket at home
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?
Charging on the go
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
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
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).