20 Dec 2016

Two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have opened in Akaroa.

These EV chargers, along with the recently installed chargers in Little River, will make the scenic trip to and from Akaroa an easy and relaxed and ‘range anxiety’ free driving experience for EV owners.

The chargers were installed by Orion, the electricity network company, in partnership with the Christchurch City Council and are the latest in a network of EV charging stations being rolled out across Christchurch and central Canterbury.

The Akaroa jetty.

Electric vehicle owners travelling to Akaroa now have somewhere to charge their vehicles.

The Akaroa chargers will be free to use for the foreseeable future.

"We’re very happy that our public charging stations make it possible for EV owners to relax and enjoy the quiet and smooth drive to scenic Akaroa in their environmentally friendly EVs,'' said Orion Chief Executive Rob Jamieson.

“More of our public charging stations will be opening in the coming months giving EV drivers even more flexibility in their choices of destination throughout our region.”

The two EV chargers in Akaroa are standard chargers which typically take a few hours to fully charge a car. This suits those drivers day tripping to Akaroa.

EV owners will need to open an account at charge.net.nz to be able to use the chargers and, in line with New Zealand guidelines, cables aren’t attached to the chargers. EV owners will need to provide their own cable which is specific to their vehicle.

Council Banks Peninsula Community Board Chair Christine Wilson said they were delighted to be able to work with Orion to get electric vehicle chargers installed on the Peninsula.

"Electric vehicles have great environmental benefits and it is exciting to have them as part of Christchurch’s transport future.”