PowerNet and Electric Vehicles
PowerNet is excited to be leading the way in the introduction and use of electric vehicles in southern New Zealand.
Over the coming decades, New Zealand will transition to a low-carbon economy making increasing use of electricity generated from renewable hydro, wind and geothermal resources. Today, 80-90% of all electricity generated in New Zealand comes from these renewables, so we’re off to a good start. Renewable electricity that powers electric vehicles will directly offset the burning of fossil fuels.
For households, communities and businesses, driving an electric vehicle is one way we can all contribute to a cleaner, greener New Zealand.
What’s PowerNet doing to support the use of electric vehicles?
Our company fleet includes two fully electric Nissan Leafs. One of these vehicles is the `car of choice’ for office staff who use it as a pool car around Invercargill. Our fleet also includes five plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander vehicles. These are great transition vehicles for the longer distances across our southern electricity networks.
In collaboration with ChargeNet, we’re installing fast-charging stations across the south. Two 50kW fast-charging stations have already been installed as part of this project—one in Esk Street, Invercargill, near the city council offices and another in Balclutha, in Charlotte Street, in front of The Warehouse. Fast-charging stations are also planned for Gore and Ranfurly as well as at other sites on State Highway 6.
We’re proud to be supporting 10 Southland businesses to include an electric vehicle in their company fleet, in a project co-funded by EECA (the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority). PowerNet supports participating businesses with information and the free installation of a charging station at their premises. We’re gathering data from these charging stations that will help us to plan for the most cost-effective electric vehicle network. More information on this exciting project can be found here
If you would like to contact us to learn more, or if you’re keen to take up this offer, please email us at
- ECCA have some great information on electric vehicles
- Read the latest EV news at EVtalk
- Public charging station locations are shown on this map provided by Charge Net
- Learn about charging point connectors and socket outlets at NZTA
- Where can I buy an EV? Leading the Charge has a handy reference list
- Willing to share your EV experience to accelerate uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand? Consider entering some information at Flip the Fleet