We have some updates to share with you

ChargeNet Article

Since our inception in 2015, we’ve surpassed our initial goals of installing 75 EV charging stations by 2019. We’ve continued to invest in New Zealand’s electric future, added more than 200 rapid and hyper-rapid charging stations to the network, and delivered more than 954,975 charging sessions, all while working to make our nationwide network even more convenient and reliable.

Over the coming months, we are implementing changes at several existing sites around the country, which will impact some drivers. One of the key changes includes ending our partnership with Z Energy. Our relationship with Z Energy has been extremely positive and has enabled a customer-centric charging solution to be delivered during the early stages of EV adoption. However, with both parties recognising the need to scale their own charging networks, our chargers will be removed from Z Energy sites on 30 June 2022. With the exception of Turangi, which will removed towards the end of October 2022.

Below is a list of sites that will be affected by these changes, and alternative ChargeNet sites that you will be able to access in the interim until we have secured new sites. You’ll find the complete list of changes on our Network Status page.

Z Energy Site Date Closing Down Alternative DC Site Alternative AC Site
Beach Road (Z Energy) Closing 30 June 2022 Grey Lynn (Giltrap Audi) Victoria St Car Park
Botany Downs (Z Energy) Closing 30 June 2022 Manukau PAK’nSAVE or Highbrook (Highbrook Crossing Carpark) CCS ONLY Ronwood Ave Carpark
Petone (Z Energy) Closing 30 June 2022 Petone (PAK’nSAVE) N/A
Vivian St (Z Energy) Closing 30 June 2022 Barnett St Car Park (Te Aro) Bond St (Te Aro)
Moorhouse Ave (Z Energy) Closing 30 June 2022 Durham St (New World) St Martins (New World)
Turangi (Z Energy) Week commencing 24 October 2022 National Park (Four Square) Oasis Motel & Thermal Pools

We recognise that these changes will cause discomfort for some drivers over the next few months, and we sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused as we secure alternative sites. Have an idea for a suitable charge point location? Please visit charge.net.nz/suggest-location to let us know where you’d like to see new charging points.

It’s not all bad news, though, we do have some exciting plans to share with you – ChargeNet has committed to installing an additional 400 charging points, which will include 50kW, 75kW, 150kW and 300kW rapid and hyper-rapid charging points, as we ramp up the expansion of our nationwide network of EV charging hubs.

The additional charging points, which will be installed at around locations throughout the country over the next 36 months, are a key part of ChargeNet’s growth strategy and will provide New Zealand motorists with significantly more charging capacity.

Moving forward, ChargeNet is focused on delivering EV charging hubs that will provide multiple charging points rather than the traditional single-charger sites. We envisage these sites will have at least 4 to 6 parking bays so drivers can access chargers on arrival, reducing congestion, and increasing vehicle throughput. Our expansion plans also include adding additional charging points at existing congested sites.

Our goal is to make life easier for our customers and remove the major barriers for people to switch to EVs, such as range anxiety and the frustration of waiting for a charger. With our additional sites, EV motorists will now be able to access charging hubs, with many sites capable of charging up to six electric vehicles simultaneously within 15 minutes and offering 400km of range.

We are committed to providing and maintaining a world-class EV charging network to keep New Zealand charging into the future. Our rollout of EV charging hubs across the country will ensure drivers are supported by reliable and convenient charging infrastructure, delivering the best possible driver experience. We hope you’ll join us on this journey.

We appreciate your understanding, patience, and ongoing support.