Charge stations planned

Otago's network of fast-charge stations for electric vehicles seems set to expand exponentially after a partnership between a provider and a Dunedin lines company.

Auckland company ChargeNet New Zealand and Dunedin City Council-owned Aurora Energy announced the partnership, and plan to extend the charging network for electric vehicles in Dunedin, Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes.

That includes a host of small centres across the region, making it easier for owners of electric vehicles to travel longer distances.

As well, Dunedin will benefit from a more reliable charger at an existing site in Filleul St, and plans for chargers in North and South Dunedin.

ChargeNet chief operating officer Nick Smith said Otago was one of the most active regions in the country in terms of embracing electric vehicles.

Mr Smith said the network of fast chargers would be ''a game changer'' for both local and visiting owners of electric vehicles.

The network would allow owners to charge a vehicle in less than 25 minutes.

Aurora Energy chief executive Grady Cameron said there were now 225 electric vehicles in Otago.

Nationwide there were 5400, up from 500 three years ago.

ChargeNet spokesman Shawn Moodie said yesterday the Filleul St charger was being switched from a Delta model to a more reliable Tritium charger.

''The partnership with Aurora provides us with a direct line to their teams which significantly streamlines the planning and installation of the fast chargers.''

Plugging in

ChargeNet fast-charge stations for electric vehicles -

Under construction: Wanaka, Frankton, Ranfurly, Roxburgh, Lawrence, Gore, Winton.

Early 2018: Garston, Lumsden.

2018: Waihola, Tarras, Cromwell.

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