Wellington has become an electric city this month, with fast charging stations being switched on at seven separate
• PAK’nSave Kilbirnie
• PAK’nSAVE Petone
• New World Island Bay
• New World Karori
• New World Silverstream
• New World Paramata
• New World Churton Park
A gathering of electric vehicle owners celebrated on Sunday in Petone, where a new charger was ceremonially opened by
Hutt City Council CEO Jo Millar at PAK'nSAVE Petone. Several short- and long-range electric vehicles were showcased at
the opening, together with the supermarket's own fully electric delivery van.
The seven locations were chosen to provide wide geographic coverage and are the result of strong collaboration between
ChargeNet NZ, Foodstuffs, EECA, and Wellington Electricity. These sites join a long list over 70 Foodstuffs supermarket
locations spanning Bluff to Kaitaia which will be up and running this year.
“We’re excited about the new fast charging stations as these help our community and businesses to drop fossil fuel in
favour of clean New Zealand electricity. This helps us to reach a zero carbon goal and tackle climate change,” says Jörn
Scherzer, Manager, Sustainability and Resilience at Hutt City Council.
There are more than 16,000 electric vehicles registered in New Zealand. They currently account for 2 per cent of monthly
car sales and this figure is on the rise.
ChargeNet NZ install and operate the equipment and Wellington Electricity and EECA contributed towards the costs of
installation. ChargeNet NZ CEO Steve West is delighted to be part of this great collaboration story throughout
Wellington. “These locations add lots of convenient options for locals and visitors all over Wellington, which is a
crown jewel in terms of charger usage and home to one of the most enthusiastic EV communities in our beautiful island
Foodstuffs also has a large fleet of 28 electric delivery vans nationwide, is deploying three electric logistics trucks,
and has a goal for most of its light vehicle fleet to be electric by 2025. PAK’nSAVE owner Leo Sullivan says, “We’re
helping to promote the future of transport in a high profile locations across the country, and giving electric vehicle
owners a convenient place to recharge while they shop.”
On average, EV owners spend 10 to 30 minutes at a fast charging station, topping up sufficiently to reach their
destination. Most EV owners will plug in and recharge their vehicles overnight at home. Used EVs are available at
dealerships from around $10,000. A Government-funded study shows that EVs result in at least 60% fewer emissions over
the course of manufacture, driving, and disposal versus a fossil-fuelled vehicle.