Aurora Energy General Manager Regulatory and Commercial Alec Findlater said Aurora Energy was pleased to partner with ChargeNet to supply an additional two fast charging stations to the Dunedin Community.
“In partnership with ChargeNet we are opening two new electric vehicle chargers, one in South Dunedin and one in Dunedin City Centre in Water Street,” Mr Findlater said.
“The charger at Pak ‘n Save in South Dunedin is already up and running and we have identified a suitable site in Water Street which is in the planning stage.”
Mr Findlater said, “Dunedin is leading the charge for electric vehicle ownership, with a recent survey revealing there are more than 500 EVs in Dunedin, which is why we are pleased to continue our partnership with ChargeNet.”
Mr Findlater also announced that the Filleul Street charger, that had served the Dunedin community for three years, would be decommissioned in October.
“Unfortunately, the Filleul Street charger was a difficult site for the EV community to use and for us to service which is why we have worked with ChargeNet to decommission the site and open two new electric vehicle charging stations in Dunedin,” Mr Findlater said.
“We support the ownership and use of electric vehicles which includes the ability to easily charge them which is why we’ve partnered with ChargeNet who are focussed on installing rapid chargers across the country.”
The new chargers in Dunedin join existing fast chargers at the University of Otago and New World in Mosgiel.
Aurora Energy and ChargeNet have a partnership to extend the charging networks for electric vehicles in Dunedin, Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes. There are currently seven fast chargers on the Aurora Energy Network and another two on track to be opened soon.
Fast chargers can charge a standard family car in 15 to 30 minutes, while charging a vehicle at home normally takes six to eight hours.
The Street charger will be decommissioned on Monday 14th October 2019.