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Delta plans first rapid charger for electric vehicles in Dunedin

Delta plans first rapid charger for electric vehicles in Dunedin

Delta electric vehicle rapid charger - indicative visualisation

In a step towards greater electrification of New Zealand’s transport fleet, Delta is planning to install Dunedin’s first public rapid charger for electric cars. Chief executive Grady Cameron says the rapid charger will contribute to the emerging network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across New Zealand.

“New Zealand currently has nearly 800 registered electric vehicles on the road, more than double from the same time last year. The planned rapid charging station in Dunedin will contribute to development of a national network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

“All major car manufacturers now offer an electric vehicle and new and used electric vehicles are now readily available in New Zealand. Delta has recently ordered a Nissan Leaf for its own fleet and we’re looking forward to getting out and about to demonstrate what a great driving experience a 100% electric car provides with zero emissions and low running costs.”

“The average amount of driving per day in New Zealand is about 28.5 kilometres, comfortably within the range of a typical modern all-electric vehicle of 100-plus kilometres. We know that range anxiety for longer trips remains a barrier for prospective owners. With ever more charging stations being added, we can expect electric vehicle owners will soon be able to travel the length of the country with ready access to charging facilities, banishing that concern.

“Delta will make the charging service available for free for at least its first year of operation, after which a rapid charge will cost in the region of $5. Rapid chargers can replenish most electric vehicle batteries in 30 minutes to 80 per cent capacity (compared to standard chargers that take up to about five hours for a full charge).

“We have lodged a resource consent application with Dunedin City Council for installation of a publically available electric vehicle rapid charging station in the Council’s Filleul Street car park on the corner of Filleul Street and Moray Place, behind the Town Hall. Subject to gaining consent, we hope to have the rapid charger installed and up and running before Christmas.

“We have chosen a 50-kilowatt DC rapid charger unit that is compatible with all major makes of electric cars. There are two charging plugs, a CHAdeMO plug for Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Citroen and an SAE DC plug for BMW, Volkswagen and, using an adapter, Tesla.

Delta is a member of Drive Electric, the organisation helping New Zealand realise the health, environmental and economic benefits from the accelerated and orderly uptake of plug-in electric vehicles and associated infrastructure. Delta is also a participant in the energy sector scoping study into developing an electric vehicle charging network across New Zealand.