Our Story

Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, haere whakamua”
If we take care of the earth and take care of the people, we will take care of the future

Our mission is to advance the transition to clean energy by installing sustainable energy generation and storage facilities across New Zealand. We are creating a charging network to enable more Electric Vehicles and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

It’s important to do something now, and someone must do it. If not us, someone else will – and most likely leave the smaller communities and rural Aotearoa behind, as has been the case historically.

A Maori-led EV charging network is a win-win proposition. By improving charging infrastructure, we’ll reduce barriers to EV ownership and overcome range anxiety. Rural communities will see the value and benefits of clean energy, see how it works, and will support it. More people will buy EVs, and more jobs will be created in the clean energy space, with a domino effect.

Our project will foster innovation and economic development opportunities. The linked EV byways will see families enjoying scenic wonders while patronising local businesses and rural communities, helping areas hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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We have a heart for the prosperity and well-being of remote regions of our country. This is borne out of my upbringing in Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, of Te Aupōuri/ Ngati Pukenga decent, and Katrina’s origins from South Westland.

The Zap Fuel business is underpinned by 30 years of experience in the commercial construction diving industry. Early days of research diving for Jacques Cousteau led to the building of disruptive undersea technology including electro-hydraulic Remote-Operated Vehicles which demanded high efficiencies in energy transmission.

This optimisation had parallels with evolving Electric Vehicles and their charging support equipment, especially in remote locations with low grid capacity. As early adopters of an EV into our family, we saw this need even more.

We understood the value of sustainable energy generation. By installing solar power into commercial premises, we gained the knowledge to assemble a solution for low grid areas.

This project, initiated with the acquisition of DC fast-charging units and testing of solar storage equipment and mobile chargers, has set a benchmark for the proposed Zap Fuel EV Charging Network. We’ve worked out the supply and demands of EV charging, while balancing grid supply loads and offsetting standby operational costs.

A co-funding application for this project is currently progressing with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) that promotes the Low Emission Transport Fund (LETF).

We welcome open conversations with Corporate Venture Capital and Maori/Iwi investment funds supporting green energy infrastructure development. Zap Fuel maintains a strong drive toward shareholder liquidity, and our intention is ultimate public listing on the NZX.

Let’s step up to the climate crisis and take responsibility for our beautiful land. Will you join us to help transform the North and South Islands into an eco-friendly paradise for locals and travellers?

Principals, Dave and Katrina Anderson