EVworld NZ 2018

ChargeNet wins the outstanding contribution to NZ EVs award

Auckland electric vehicle fast charger company owners of ChargeNet, Steve and Dee West, have won the outstanding contribution to electric vehicles in New Zealand award.

The award, which ChargeNet owners Steve and Dee West received in Auckland last night, is a one-off special honour chosen by the judges who felt the Wests are undoubtedly the biggest champions of electric vehicles in New Zealand.   


Judges and transport experts Mike Underhill, Stella Stocks and Elizabeth Yeaman agreed that New Zealand would not have 9000 electric vehicles (EVs) in the fleet without the commitment and passion the Wests have put into the New Zealand EV community.  


They established the Better NZ Charitable Trust and the Leading the Charge Road Trip to engage with communities, regions, towns around New Zealand.


Two years ago, the government announced measures to increase the number of electric vehicles in New Zealand, with as a goal of reaching about 64,000 electric vehicles on the roads by the end of 2021.


The Wests’ business ChargeNet NZ has since taken on a vital role in the development and provision of EV charging infrastructure throughout New Zealand.


The judges said that ChargeNet is a massive enabler of EV uptake in New Zealand and the award recognised the Wests’ dedication.


“We aim to have more than 100 fast chargers installed across New Zealand by the end of this year,” Steve West says.  


“We are so honoured to win this award and we are just excited and passionate about the future for EVs in New Zealand. We work alongside government, the energy sector, the motor industry, local government, businesses and schools to create awareness and understanding about EVs in a low carbon New Zealand.  


“We are always answering questions on the EV owners Facebook page.  As New Zealand generates one of the highest levels of renewable energy in the world, getting drivers to switch to electric is one of the best ways that we can reduce our dependence on imported fuel and work to achieve a carbon neutral future for our country.


“When ChargeNet was founded a few years ago, we wanted to increase the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand by providing a reliable, nationwide charging network.


“Over the last 12 months we’ve worked tirelessly to expand our network to ensure that kiwi EV owners get to where they want to go – quickly, cheaply, and cleanly.”


ChargeNet is the only New Zealand charging infrastructure provider to utilise 100 percent renewable and 100 percent CarboNZero certified electricity.


The other EVworld NZ Champions Awards winners 2018:

SME-EV: EVs Enhanced (Christchurch)

EV Fleet Champion: Foodstuffs NZ

Most EV Friendly Town of the Year: Whangarei

EV Sector Sales and Service Champion: GVI Electric (Auckland)

EV Champion: Martin Kane (Timaru)


Whangarei leading the charge in the EV world

Whangarei, winner of the most electric vehicle friendly-town in New Zealand award, has a big advantage over other regions.

Northland is well connected and the city’s electric vehicle spokesman Joseph Camuso, says the big advantage Whangarei has is in knowing all the engineers from the four districts and they can act very quickly to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure and make things happen.  

“For example, the very first charger was installed in 11 days from no to go. That’s how fast we can move,” Camuso says.

“Northland's electric car users now have 13 charging stations to get around the north. They are installed in towns such as Kaiwaka, Matakohe, Ruakaka, Marsden Pt, Dargaville, Whangarei south, Whangarei central, Whangarei north, Tutukaka, Kawakawa, Kerikeri, Kaikohe and Kaitaia. Cooper’s Beach,  Pukenui and Waitiki Landing, are under construction and should be completed within a month making it possible to drive to Cape Reinga.  

“Whangarei is well-served with charging stations and is open for EV visitors. We boast one of the country's highest ownership rate of electric vehicles (EVs), according to Transport Ministry data.

“Plans are in place to have charging stations about 50km apart to cater for more affordable types of electric vehicles, rather than top-end Teslas.

“Medium-speed chargers are being installed because they are a lot cheaper than high-speed versions but could still charge a Nissan Leaf in about half an hour and can be easily relocated as demand grows.  

“The new stations make it possible to drive to Cape Reinga even in a low-range EV and have enough charge left for side trips.

“Whangarei drives an organisation called Rev-Up, short for the Regional Electric Vehicle Utility Project, which is a group of Northland EV enthusiasts.

“This includes the Northland Regional Council, the Far North District Council, Whangarei District Council and Kaipara District Council along with the power companies Northpower and Top Energy.  

 Camuso, a Northland Regional Council manager, says Whangarei held the NZ record for the most EVs (62) parked in one place. Christchurch and Auckland previously held the record.

 Whangarei has just won the EVworld NZ Champions Award at a gala event in Auckland.




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