Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Chargers popping up in Pōneke

New electric vehicle (EV) chargers are popping up around Pōneke as part of Wellington City Council’s Charged-up Capital programme.

Council says that over the next few months, 11 new chargers will be installed at Council sites around the city. The locations include:

  • Ākau Tangi Sports Centre
  • Nairnville Recreation Centre
  • Karori Recreation Centre
  • Kilbirnie Recreation Centre
  • Ōtari-Wilton’s Bush car park.

The Council’s investment in the chargers is supported by the Government’s Low Emission Transport Fund (LETF), which is administered by EECA (the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority.

“Many people don’t have access to charging facilities at home, so we want to make chargers accessible to everyone,” said Mayor, Tory Whanau.

“These locations were chosen so people can charge their vehicle while using the Council facilities on offer.”

Vehicles charging with new EV chargers outside Ākau Tangi sports facility.
Waka hiko charging with new EV chargers outside Ākau Tangi sports facility

Wellington City Council’s Manager Climate Change Response, Alison Howard said new electric vehicle registrations in the city had increased from 1.7% to 5.5% in the past year.

“We want to accommodate this demand, so over the next four years we will be installing 60 fast chargers across the city,” said Ms Howard.

“In Wellington 34% of city emissions come from road transport. Alongside the shift to active and public transport, switching to EVs will help achieve the city’s carbon reduction goals to more than halve our emissions by 2030 and be a net zero carbon capital by 2050.”

The Direct Current (DC) fast chargers have a capacity of 24kW, meaning vehicle owners can expect the chargers to take between 30 minutes and two hours to charge.

Each charger will have both CCS2 and CHAdeMO connections – the two most common types of charging ports that are capable of DC fast charging.

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