Electric vehicles are growing in popularity and charging at home can be the easiest option. Charging an EV is as easy as charging a phone – you just plug it in. No more visiting the petrol station.
You can charge inside or outside, in any weather, so long as all equipment is designed for use in New Zealand and for the conditions in which it will be used.
To charge an EV Safely
Equipment Saftey Checks
When buying an EV, including a used import, you should only be supplied with charging equipment (such as cables) designed for use in New Zealand.
Do not use equipment that doesn’t display a voltage range that includes 230 V, doesn’t have a New Zealand plug, or has been modified (even to fit a New Zealand plug). It isn’t suitable for New Zealand’s electricity supply. Even if it appears to work, you can’t be sure the in-cable safety device will work when it needs to.
Some cables come with an industrial or caravan plug that allows faster charging. These require an electrician to install a special wall power point.
When buying a charging cable or wall-mounted charging unit, or purchasing an EV with a charging cable included, ask the seller for a signed copy of a Supplier Declaration of Conformity. This declaration shows the unit has been tested and meets electrical safety standards.
Charging out and about
There are two types of public charging stations – fast (DC) and slow (AC).
How to find charging stations
There is an ever increasing number of fast and rapid public charging stations available throughout New Zealand.
- A fast charge will take 3-6 hours
- A rapid charge will take less than half an hour