Whilst you will charge your EV at home most of the time, either on a standard 3-pin plug or with a dedicated A/C unit, there may be occasions when you get caught short. Or, when planning a long trip, you want to know where you can fill up en-route. Chargers are mainly located close to toilet facilities and cafes, so the golden rule is 'Keep the travellers happy whilst filling the car's battery!'
ChargeNet has the largest nationwide network of 50 kW DC rapid charging stations and are increasingly installing hyperchargers (300kW for 3 simultaneous charging sessions) where possible to keep up with the uptake of EVs in NZ. All these chargers have 2 connectors - Chademo for Leaf drivers and CCS for everybody else. Older Tesla Model S drivers still carry a Chademo adaptor; however the later Model 3 and Y both utilise the CCS standard.
The Plugshare app is essential for all EV drivers showing all charging destinations in NZ whomever has installed them. Tesla have several Supercharger sites up and down the country, and many lines companies (Welnet, Orion to name but 2) have installed chargers in their areas.
If there is one thing you can say about NZ charging it is that there is plenty of choice!
The Better NZ Trust has provided links below to the third party software "Plugshare", and the ChargeNet map.
The NZTA approved goal is to encourage the installation of a rapid charger every 75km along NZ's main State Highways so that even a low-range vehicle can travel inter-city. It has only taken four years to achieve.
Luckily providers appear to be installing more chargers to satisfy demand, to cover off-the-beaten-track tourist areas, and to create redundancy in high use areas.
This map shows information uploaded by users to plugshare.com. You can see there are 500-odd public charging sites across New Zealand. The orange icons denote rapid DC chargers, which are ideal if you are just topping up or haven't got long to stop, whereas the green icons depict AC destination charging points. Destination chargers are slower charge points which in fact use the vehicle's onboard charger. They are ideal if your car will be parked for a longer length of time, such as in a parking building, shopping centre, or workplace.
If you click on the link and go to the plugshare.com site you can modify the search parameters to show only the charge sites you wish to see.
Plugshare offers a mobile phone app allowing you to find a location when you are on the move. It is available for Apple, Android and there is a separate app for Windows phones that uses the same information.
You can also visit charge.net.nz/map to find location information about their current and future fast charger units around New Zealand, or download the ChargeNet app to access their nationwide charging network on the go.