Off the Grid and Remote Charging

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EV Charging 

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Sustainable solution

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Our Solutions

The Problem

EV Take up Stunted by Charging Limitations

The international green trend, promoted by the government, sees the need to increase the use of renewable energy, and lower emissions, but much work is required to realise this vision.

For countrywide electric vehicle uptake, charging stations must be available in small towns, remote tourist locations, and rural areas.

Not many EV users would be attracted if stations are here and there without a coordinated widespread deployment.

The electricity grid lacks the capacity and availability for charging stations, and expansion is not cost-effective or feasible.

 

 

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The Solution

Renewable Power
Charging Network

Over the next four years, the “Electric Vehicle Charging Network” project will roll out 210 solar-powered EV charging stations connecting main highways with inland scenic routes on the West coast of the North and South Islands.

The “Electric Vehicle Charging Network” project will place charging stations at strategically placed locations about 50km apart, ensuring range confidence by drivers. The coordinated approach to cover the whole West Coast gives EV users confidence to venture there, with growing numbers of them leading to economy of scale for charging hosts/ providers.

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Multi-head (AC and DC) charging at 22kW minimum capacity with Dynamic Load Management will minimise queueing to stay ahead of EV uptake. Additional units can be easily installed at these sites as demand builds, making it future-proof. Stations can be deployed as permanent installations, or as mobile solutions to cover short-term need.

The pilot project aims to provide 140kWh of vehicle charging per week, which would otherwise be produced by petrol. Based on typical numbers, the unit would reduce CO2 emissions by 4 to 5 tonnes per year.

This project will provide valuable experience and information on rollout effort, cost, logistics and timing, proving the viability of approach and operation while informing process improvements.

The project will:
 

  • Enable and encourage EV travellers to access remote areas of NZ promoting growth of EV transport, backed by government policy

  • Deliver renewable energy solution for EV charging, overcoming the barrier of electricity grid limitations

  • Establish a new mobile EV charging hire market

  • Invigorate stagnated local tourist economies by introducing destination charging at key hospitality and tourism locations