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Double EV chargers set to hit streets – but where?

Electric vehicle (EV) chargers are being installed around the capital, and Wellington City Council wants the public to have their say on where they should be located.

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Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular as a mode of transport. But around one in four Wellington residents can’t charge EVs at their own property, as they don’t have off-street parking or are challenged by Wellington’s topography.

That’s something the Wellington City Council wants to change.

“We are making good progress with an increase of electric vehicles on the roads, but we want to see a lot more,” said Council’s Chief Resilience Officer Mike Mendonca.

“We are aiming to remove one of the barriers that deter people from buying these cars, by making shared chargers available for many of those who wouldn’t have access to one in their residential area.

“We had a great response in our initial engagement with the public about possible sites for the EV chargers, which contributed to these proposed locations that we are asking for feedback on,” he added.

At least 25 medium-speed charge stations are proposed for residential areas where there are high concentrations of homes lacking parking, and where hilly terrain creates gaps between homes and the road.

Each site will be able to charge two cars at once. Given limited electricity supply in residential streets, it will take several hours to recharge a car, meaning cars are likely to charge overnight or for a large stretch of a day.

Compact charging stations will be placed on the footpath or in a road-side bank, close to an existing electricity street pole.

Council is running a public consultation on the 34 proposed residential locations for the electric vehicle chargers throughout the city.

Decisions around the proposed locations will be made by the Wellington City Council on August 9.

Details of the proposed site locations can be studied at the Traffic Resolutions – Residential electric vehicle (EV) charging page in the Have Your Say section of the WCC website.

The deadline for feedback is 5pm on Friday 13 July.