Your guide to EVs and chargers

The availability or more electric vehicle models and a government rebate for buying a new EV has caused a surge in EV purchases. So, what do you need to know about moving to an EV and what does it cost to install a charger? 

What does installing a charger involve?

You need a wall charging unit which is 16 or 32 amps, depending what type of car you have, RCD protection for the unit, and isolator switch and cabling from your home power source to the charging unit.  

What does it cost to install a charger?

It is approximately $3000 for the materials. The cost of cabling and labour is additional to that and will vary depending on the location of the charger in relation to your home power source. Contact us for a quote.

I don’t have a garage. Can I run a cable from the car to a charger on my property?

While this is not ideal, from an electrical point of view it can be done safely in most instances. There may be added safety risks with your EV being charged off your property. We can assess your property and recommend the best approach. 

What EV models are available in NZ?

This site shows the models available. More medium-priced EVs becoming available and the clean car rebate has made a new EV an option for many more kiwis. A growing second-hand EV vehicle market is also making a clean car more accessible for drivers.

What does it cost to charge an electric car?

An electric car costs around $4 per 100km of travel to charge at home. The cheapest way to recharge a car is plugging in at home and having the electricity show up on your monthly power bill.

Where are public charging stations in Wellington?

See Plugshare.com  for sites in Wellington and Wellington City Council’s update on new charging stations at public facilities. Note that some city sites may have metered billing in addition to fees for charging your EV. 

What’s new with EV chargers?

Service stations now have charging points, the number of public chargers is growing, including quicker charging stations which use DC charging and can fully charge a vehicle in under an hour. 

Chargers that can draw a higher current are also more common. These require a higher current for connection, i.e., thicker wires and extra circuit breakers, so must be an installed by an electrician.

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