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Bond Street to become Electric Avenue

An electric vehicle charger currently being installed in the refurbished Bond Street precinct is one of four new sites being readied to service EVs in the city.

The initiative is in response to the growth in electric vehicle uptake, and demand for charging facilities.

The number of EVs in New Zealand is more than doubling annually.

Charging queues are frequently noted at the Z Energy service station in Vivian Street, which is now the busiest EV charging site in the country.

The Bond Street charger is owned by ChargeNet NZ, a private company which is installing a nationwide network of over 100 fast (50 kW DC) chargers nationwide, with chargers operational in Petone, the Hutt Valley, Featherston, Masterton, Otaki and Porirua, as well as Wellington.

The three other new chargers – in Barnett Street, Great Street and Inglewood Place – are expected to be completed in that order, with Bond Street the last to be ready.

Wellington Electricity are actively supporting the development of a charging network across the region, and are working with ChargeNet and the Wellington City Council on the installations.

Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Zealandia have charging facilities supported by Wellington Electricity and Wellington City Council.

Further charging opportunities are likely to take place at supermarkets.

Foodstuffs New Zealand, the umbrella group for New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square supermarkets, has fast charge stations at its New World stores in Otaki, Warkworth, Te Kuiti and Kumeu in the North Island and Northwood in the South Island, and anticipate another half dozen will be installed over the next year or so.

On Saturday, Foodstuffs launched a fleet of 28 electric vans imported from the UK as part of a 50/50 project with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, that awarded $500,000 to Foodstuffs from the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund.

Thorndon New World in Wellington was the test store, and received its electric van in May. The store offers a delivery service, for which the van has already proven very useful.