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It's time Wanaka had one, too.
That is the view of the Wanaka Electric Vehicle Club pressing for a fast-charging station for the town to encourage more motorists to make the switch from petrol and diesel.
Co-ordinator Morgan Knoesen, who is promoting International Drive Electric Week in Wanaka this week, said yesterday a fast-charging station would cost about $8000 and it was the responsibility of the Queenstown Lakes District Council to provide one.
Communications manager Michele Poole said yesterday the council did not have a fast-charging station in its budget. However, the club could make a submission to next year's draft annual plan and ask to have it included, Ms Poole said.
The plan will be out for consultation in March or April next year.
Mr Knoesen said candidates for seats on the council had reacted positively to the idea of the council providing a fast-charging station, which he believed should be positioned either next to the children's playground on the lakeshore or near the Wanaka Yacht Club.
The electric vehicle club has 13 members, with eight electric cars, and aimed to have 12 cars by the end of the year.
Mr Knoesen said powering a car with electricity was one-sixth the cost of petrol and concern about the range of electric cars was also diminishing.
The latest electric Nissan Leaf was capable of travelling 200km between charges, compared with 90km for older models.
The arrival of the new Leaf had triggered a ``massive drop'' in the price of the older models, Mr Knoesen said.
He was predicting the price of batteries would drop by two-thirds in 2018, once American electric car company Tesla got its huge Nevada lithium battery factory into production.
As part of drive electric week, the club has arranged for the screening of the movie Revenge of the Electric Car, at the Paradiso Cinema on Wednesday, a vehicle display at the produce market on Thursday and rides for the public from the dinosaur park on Friday morning.