A ChargeNet NZ EV and public charging station.
Drive Electric’s EV charging experts say work is underway to make sure New Zealand keeps up with the latest charging
One of the electric vehicle advocacy group’s board members, Ewan Morris says the public and private sectors are working
together to future-proof current infrastructure.
“Locally we need to prepare our main highways for future high power charging infrastructure,” says Morris, who is also
managing director of charging infrastructure technology supplier ABB.
“That will help us meet the demand for future high power charging for long range EVs.”
Higher kilowatt charging is already a reality and will continue to increase, Morris says.
“When we look at public charging infrastructure, the majority of cars will charge at 50kW until 2020.
“With the first cars with up to 150 kW charging coming to the market at the end of 2018, we foresee 50 kW charging
shifting to metropolitan areas, with high power/fast chargers with 150-350 kW mainly being used on highway locations on
long distance corridors.”
Allowances also need to be made for private and residential charging, he says.
“As the penetration of EVs increases, a key consideration for New Zealand will be the ability to allow for shifting the
peak load through managed charging and control.
“Regulation will most likely be needed to help mandate intelligent/connected home chargers that will enable loads to be
managed and peaks to be shifted.
Planned housing growth is also creating an opportunity to educate people about the benefits of home charging, Morris
“To offer people that knowledge now with smart AC chargers will prevent the need for retrofitting in the years to come.
This could also require some regulation we think, as in effect people will have a fuel station at home.”
Another Drive Electric board member Steve West says governments around the world are setting strict targets for reducing
carbon emissions, which accelerates electric vehicle adoption.
However, people will not make the move to electric vehicles without access to reliable rapid charging, says West, who is
also chief executive of charging
infrastructure provider ChargeNet NZ.
“As such, we have seen both governments and the private sector make significant investments in developing infrastructure
in order to support the exponential growth in electric vehicle adoption.”
West says the government and private sector are moving to develop and implement policy frameworks and an operating
environment for a zero-carbon economy by 2050, which includes significant investment in electric vehicle adoption.
He notes the secretary general of the Norwegian EV Association, Christina Bu,recently pointed out at the EV Roadmap
Conference in Oregon, New Zealand has “blown away the rest of the western world in terms of its growth in the
electrification of transport”.
“In terms of infrastructure, New Zealand has well-developed nationwide charging infrastructure compared to the rest of
the world - especially for a small-market nation. There are 94 DC fast chargers and 27 AC chargers on ChargeNet NZ's
nationwide network alone,” West says.
“Motorists will appreciate an electric vehicle fast charging network across New Zealand that makes long distance driving
a clean, quiet and hassle-free experience.”
Editor’s notes: Drive Electric is a not-for-profit group that includes many electricity and transport industry leaders
on its board. It has several functions, including undertaking research about issues affecting electric vehicles,
lobbying the government to continue setting ambitious targets for electric vehicle uptake and helping educate the public
and companies about the benefits of EVs.