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Working with partners, we’ve helped construct a far-reaching regional electric vehicle (EV) highway, giving Northland the highest per capita uptake of EVs in the country.
Driving an electric car produces 80% fewer carbon dioxide emissions than a petrol car, which is great for our environment. Additionally it only costs the equivalent of 30c per litre of gas to run an electric vehicle EV!
It’s why Northpower is leading the way, along with our partner Charge.Net.NZ to promote the use of electric vehicles in Northland.
Northpower’s fast charger in Whangarei’s CBD is powered by our Wairua Hydro Power Station, reinforcing our commitment to using renewable energy for long-term environmental and sustainability gains.
We were recently recognised for our efforts, being highly commended as a finalist in the annual Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) awards.
We’re also partnering with the University of Canterbury to devise the optimum mobile DC EV charging for roadside assistance when an EV runs out of charge between charging stations.
The best place to charge your EV is to plug it in overnight at home. If you’re looking at building a new property or renovating, you might like to consider installing charging points to future proof for any electrical vehicles you may have in the future.
If you’re on the road and looking for a charging station, The Plugshare website has a map of charging stations, including our five EV fast chargers in Northland and several destination chargers throughout Kaipara and Whangarei.
The cheapest and easiest way to charge your EV is to plug it in overnight at home. An overnight charge will cost up to $3 per 100km.
You can find out more about electric vehicles and further useful information on how to charge your EV and at home charging stations on the Electric Vehicles website - electricvehicles.govt.nz