Vector and Chargetrip partner to ease ‘range and charge anxiety’ among EV users
Auckland energy company Vector and Dutch start-up Chargetrip have teamed up to ease ‘range and charge anxiety’ among New
Zealand’s rapidly growing number of electric vehicle (EV) users.
Range anxiety is a term often used to describe the stress EV users experience when their destination is or could be
further than their car battery’s range, and they fear they could end up stranded on the side of the road. Charge anxiety
is caused by the uncertainty of waiting lines at charge stations. Both are considered major barriers keeping people from
switching to electric driving.
To put more control and freedom in the hands of EV users, Vector and Chargetrip are adapting a popular EV journey
planning app for the New Zealand market, that equips EV drivers with journey planning information that is tailored to
them, their trip, and their EV.
The app is based on the popular Chargetrip service used by more than 50,000 EV drivers in Norway – which has the largest
number of EV users per capita in the world. The app will offer Kiwi EV drivers route planning and navigation guidance,
suggesting the optimal charge stops along the way.
To help fund the app’s adaptation to the New Zealand market, Vector and Chargetrip have been awarded a grant from
Elemental Excelerator (Elemental) - a growth accelerator that has funded more than 50 projects globally.
Vector’s Group Chief Executive Simon Mackenzie said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Chargetrip, with support
from Elemental, to create a tool that improves the overall experience for EV owners, who we know have very different
needs compared to drivers of internal combustion engines.
“Vector has long been committed to stimulating and facilitating uptake of EVs in New Zealand and we have a network of EV
chargers in Auckland. We have invested in new EV related technologies such as Vehicle-to-Home, which allows EV’s to
become mobile sources of energy and we are now excited to be working towards improving the user experience for EV
drivers,” Simon said.
The app will include information for public charging locations throughout New Zealand, their availability (to help avoid
queues), as well as real-time assessment of the environmental factors that can impact EV batteries, such as topography
It will utilise data from NZ Transport Agency’s EVRoam database of public EV charging infrastructure. EVRoam collects
data directly from electric vehicle charging infrastructure providers and freely distributes it to a wide range of
transport maps, apps and websites.
The app will also inform people about their CO2 savings per journey and will be compatible with every EV type regardless
of make, model or configuration.
Chargetrip's CEO Gideon van Dijk said, “Electric mobility is a crucial catalyst in the renewable energy transition. We
are excited to partner with Vector and Elemental, who both have an impressive track record at moving the needle. Range
anxiety, waiting lines, and complex logistics are some of the biggest hurdles to rapid EV adoption. We are committed to
solving these barriers and empowering drivers to make the switch to a cleaner transportation.”
Ramsay Siegal, Elemental Excelerator’s Managing Director said, “We are proud to partner with Vector, a global leader in
energy innovation, and help Chargetrip scale its pioneering smart navigation technology. This project is a perfect
example of how startups and utilities can collaborate for transformative change, and we're excited to share lessons from
New Zealand to support faster EV adoption worldwide.”
Vector is the country’s largest distributor of electricity and gas, owning the lines and pipes to households and
businesses across Auckland. It is working innovatively to create a smarter and more affordable energy future. Vector is
listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange with ticker symbol VCT. Our majority shareholder, with voting rights of 75.1%,
is Entrust (formerly Auckland Energy Consumer Trust). For further information, visit www.vector.co.nz
Chargetrip is on a mission to help the world switch to electric mobility. Our Smart Navigation platform solves range
anxiety and empowers drivers to take their electric cars beyond the range of their batteries. Our routing algorithms and
predictive models alleviate charge congestion and optimize for total travel time and cost. Chargetrip is easy to
integrate into existing navigation and telematics applications. For further information, visit www.chargetrip.com
About Elemental Excelerator
Elemental Excelerator helps startups change the world, one community at a time. Each year, it finds 15-20 companies that
best fit its mission and funds each company up to $1 million to improve systems that impact people's lives: energy,
mobility, water, agriculture, and beyond. To date, it has awarded over $30 million to 82 companies. For more
information, please visit elementalexcelerator.com