EV Ownership

Frequently Asked Questions

Courtesy of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)

A Buyer's Guide for Electric Vehicles

Why Buy an EV

EV Charging

What You Need to Know

While most residents on Waiheke charge their cars overnight at home, you still need to know about charging when you venture beyond the island.

If charging at home, you just plug into a standard three-pin power socket although that’s pretty slow but OK if charging overnight. EV battery capacity is measured in kWh; the Audi e-tron 50, for instance, has a 71kWh battery, so plugging it into a home socket overnight at 2.2kW means you’d get roughly 18kWh of charge over eight hours. It doesn’t work quite that simply, but as a ballpark figure, that’s enough for about 70km of driving.

While EV battery systems are very good at safe self-management, it pays to have a specialist check out the wiring at your house - it’s worth improving the standard connection. Upgrade to a 7.2kW set-up, and this will get you approximately 250+ km of range from an eight-hour charge for larger battery EVs.

When you’re travelling more than a city route off-island, you can use public charging stations. Many shopping centres offer premium parking spots for EVs, with (usually free) charging up to 22kW. But the standalone DC fast-charging stations are the really grunty ones. Most are 50kW, which means you could charge that Audi e-tron 50 to 80 percent from flat in under an hour. Or in a more likely scenario, a couple of hundred km of range in about half an hour.

There’s now a huge network of these fast-charge stations in New Zealand. Some, like those operated by ChargeNet, require you to have a account. But in this young age of EVs, many power companies are also offering free DC fast-charging facilities to help get buyers hooked on the new technology.

It’s easy to find the stations when you need them. ChargeNet has its own app, but there are also communities you can join like PlugShare that will point you towards the closest stations.

Charging will only get faster into the future. There are already “HyperChargers” appearing in New Zealand, which can operate at up to 300kW – if you have the car to handle it. Different EVs have different maximum charging rates; the Audi e-tron is one of the faster ones, at 120kW for the 5- and 150kW for the 55 model.

If you’re worried about plug confusion, don’t be. An EV will come with the right connection for your home socket and most new models sold here have either a CCS (European) or CHAdeMO (Japanese) connection; most public fast-charging stations offer both and the CCS connector also accept the so-called Type 2 plug used at many of these 22kW chargers.

EV Charging with Vector and EECA

What You Need to Know

Most Waiheke EV owners charge their vehicles at home using a domestic power plug (3 pin), but if you want to be 100% efficient, Vector can offer an EECA-funded residential power charger at no cost to approved homes.

It's worth noting that e-retailers are offering a variety of ways an EV owner can economically charge their car's battery. Some offer a free hour, others a significant discount if charging is over night. EV & Beyond magazine provide a table of "Power Deals for EV Users". It's a good idea to talk to the e-retailers to indicate you are interested in a "power deal" and not take and stated "deals" for granted.

(See the Topic: Events & Activities – FREE EV trials and chargers on this website.)

Where to Buy your EV

There are many sources from which you can buy your EV. The list below is just a sample.

New Cars

For NEW EVs see the franchise dealer nearest to you or in the case of Tesla, here

Used Cars

For USED EVs check on TradeMe or talk to one of these dealerships below:

GVI Electric - 575 Great South Road, Penrose, Auckland

AutoLink EV - 2A Gillies Ave, Newmarket, Auckland

ACEV (Auckland City Electric Vehicles) - 83 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna


eCycles + Bikes & Beyond - 108 Ocean View Road, Oneroa Village, Waiheke Island

Ebike Waiheke - Mako St, Oneroa, Waiheke Island

Waiheke Bike Shop - All Enquiries: 021 818 001