Electric vehicle charging stations a step closer

Tuesday 7 August 2018

A network of fast-charging stations for electric
vehicles came a step closer to reality today as the Energy
Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) confirmed funding
for the project.

Minister of Energy and Resources the Hon
Dr Megan Woods announced the decision, which sees EECA
contributing $245,000.

The project is a trans-regional
partnership comprising Horowhenua District Council, Kāpiti
Coast District Council, Electra Ltd and ChargeNet NZ. It
will see nine fast-charging stations installed in five towns
in Horowhenua and Kāpiti, including two at Te Awahou Nieuwe
Stroom in Foxton and two at the railway car park in
Shannon.

ChargeNet NZ Chief Executive Officer Steve West
welcomed the announcement.

“The collaborative partnership
between Horowhenua District Council, Kāpiti Coast District
Council, Electra Ltd, ChargeNet NZ, and EECA is a great
example of a public-private partnership with a shared goal
of encouraging faster electric vehicle uptake to reduce our
carbon emissions and importee fossil fuel bills,” he
said.

“This announcement is a big win not only for
electric vehicle drivers in the Horowhenua and Kāpiti Coast
districts, but for New Zealand as a whole – helping to
fill in the gaps of a nationwide network of charging
infrastructure that’ll reduce the barriers to electric
vehicle adoption.”

Horowhenua District Council’s Legal
Counsel, Sam Wood, said Council would provide the land and
$40,000 towards the $200,000 cost of the four charging
stations to be located in Horowhenua.

“Having charging
stations in Foxton and Shannon will reduce ‘range
anxiety’ for electric vehicle drivers and encourage them
to stop and contribute to the local economy,” he
said.

“Levin already has an electric vehicle charging
station at New World supermarket, so installing them in
Foxton and Shannon makes sense to fill in the gaps in our
district’s electric vehicle infrastructure.”

Mr Wood
said electric vehicle infrastructure would contribute
towards the community outcomes of ‘a stunning
environment’ and ‘enabling infrastructure’ identified
in Council’s Long Term Plan 2018-2038.

“Electric
vehicles produce no exhaust and are powered by an electrical
network that is 80 per cent renewable energy.

“What’s
more, electric vehicle uptake is increasing, with the number
doubling every year in New Zealand and NZTA aiming to have
64,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2021. There is
potential for charging stations to provide a revenue stream
in the future.”

Council approved the project at a
meeting in April this year, following a recommendation by
the Finance, Audit & Risk Subcommittee.

The charging
stations are expected to be installed by the end of the
2018/19 financial year.

ENDS

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Nino Plevnik

I am an electric cars lover. I love our planet and want to leave it in good condition to our children. One of the good ways to do this is to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere. As a technical person I worked on computers, hardware maintenance and programming. Otherwise I like advanced technologies, music, books, movies, life and nice weather.

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