Finding charging station locations
While fast-charging station options are limited to Unison’s Power Parks in Hawke’s Bay, there are companies around New Zealand working to roll out charging stations, some with aims to have public charge points available across the country. Electric vehicle owners can sign up with these providers to gain access to their charging stations.
A number of electricity distribution companies around New Zealand (including Unison) are helping to support the roll out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, by providing one or more public charging stations. Some of those include Alpine Energy (Timaru), Powerco, Delta (Dunedin), Northpower (Northland), and Vector (Auckland).
You can also download apps to help you locate charging stations. PlugShare is a free application for iOS, Android, and web that has good information on charging locations in New Zealand, allowing users to find and review public charging stations, and to connect with other plug-in vehicle owners.
A number of medium-rate chargers are also expected to become available for public use, with some electric vehicle dealers installing medium-chargers onsite, and other types of retailers also showing keen interest (for example, in the US, charging stations can be found at some supermarkets).