Stations add chargers

Z Energy has teamed up with electric vehicle charging company, Charge.net, to install fast chargers at its sites across the country.

Gerri Ward, sustainability manager for Z

Gerri Ward, sustainability manager for Z

The six units, which cost $50,000 each, will be installed at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Gerri Ward, Z’s sustainability manager, says the installation is part of the company’s commitment to being part of the solution for climate change.

“We’re not an oil company, we’re a transport energy company and we’re committed to meeting the needs of our customers, whatever they might be.”

They can charge a vehicle in 15 minutes and will cost between $5 to $10, with the top-up fee going to Charge.net.

Ward says Z doesn’t expect to make money from the chargers, as they are “there as a service”.

She adds there is a long way to go to make a difference to the make-up of New Zealand’s light vehicle fleet, of which about 1,000 are pure electric cars. However, “in New Zealand with an 80 per cent renewables profile they make a lot of sense”.

The chargers will be installed in busy, high-profile city stations and the company is considering making chargers available at sites such as Waiouru and Sanson, for customers travelling long distances.