Electrifying innovation wins major energy award


ChargeNet NZ won the Innovation in Energy Award at the prestigious Deloitte Energy Excellence 2017 Awards.


Founded in early 2015, ChargeNet NZ have worked tirelessly, travelling across New Zealand and internationally to advance the uptake of electric vehicles.

Delivering a unique implementation of renewable energy for New Zealanders, ChargeNet has built the only nationwide network of rapid DC charging in Australasia, making it possible to travel from Kaitaia to Bluff in an electric vehicle.

Since beginning, they have grown a nationwide network to more than 50 fast charging stations, as well as developed a revolutionary software package for billing and managing this network.

ChargeNet has delivered this network through an innovative, collaborative business model and uniquely authored network management software.

Cutting carbon

Utilizing the nation’s clean, locally produced energy where it can make the most impact – in transport – ChargeNet members displace over 2000 T of carbon a year.

There are currently more than 4000 electric vehicles on New Zealand roads.

By choosing to drive an electric car instead of an internal combustion engine, New Zealand drivers cut carbon emissions by 85 per cent.

Electric vehicle drivers also spend around $0.30 per ‘litre’ driving on locally sourced electricity if they charge overnight when the grid has excess capacity.

ChargeNet NZ are foundation sponsors for EVworld, the first industry-specific electric vehicle conference in the southern hemisphere.

The conference will be held at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, September 8-9. See https://www.conferenz.co.nz/events/evworld-nz

Fast facts:

  • every  electric vehicle (EV) comes with an onboard charger, but these typically take 4-6 hours to charge.
  • a rapid charging station will charge an entry level EV such as a Nissan Leaf in 25 minutes.
  • each charging station is compatible with both CHAdeMO and CCS charging standards.
  • CHAdeMO is the Japanese fast charging standard, CCS is a new American charging standard.
  • New Zealand is the perfect economic, geographic and general environment for the uptake of EV technology as 80 per cent of electricity is generated through renewable means.
  • Mass adoption of EVs in the local light fleet could move New Zealand toward energy independence, and reduce CO2 emissions by 5 million tonnes annually.

New Zealand currently imports $8 billion annually of foreign oil – mass adoption of EV technology would make this figure negligible and encourage a stronger local economy as the dollars will be spent at home on clean energy.