Main street charger for electric cars

Eastland Group to install Terra 53 charging station in Gladstone Road.

Eastland Group to install Terra 53 charging station in Gladstone Road.

CHARGED: The new EV charger Gisborne residents can expect to see in Gladstone Road next month. Picture supplied

OWNERSHIP of electric vehicle is expected to rise, and electric cars around Gisborne should become more common after the region gets its first electric charging station.

Eastland Group will install a new Terra 53 charging station in Gladstone Road, between their head office and the Emerald Hotel.

“We’re excited about this next step in opening up the region to electric vehicles,” said Eastland Group business development general manager Gavin Murphy.

“To encourage electric car drivers to visit our region, and help grow the uptake of EVs among locals, we will be offering free charging until the end of the year.

“Drivers can simply pull up and plug in. It will take 20 to 30 minutes for a fast, full charge, so while they are waiting they can check out the shops and grab a coffee.”

Electrinet would soon start laying cabling from the Eastland Network transformer on Read’s Quay.

That would mean temporary fencing would be put up around the Gladstone Road site, with room left for pedestrians to continue using the footpath.

Installed before end of July

Mr Murphy said preparations were expected to take about two weeks, with the charging station put in separately before the end of July.

Mr Murphy said that groups of EV owners regularly toured around the country and had already expressed their interest in coming to the region.

“People may wonder why we’re doing this now, when there are still only a few EVs and hybrids in the region.

“EVs are cheap for owners to run and, because they operate on 80 percent renewable energy in this country, they help reduce carbon emissions.

“If you look at the plugshare.com map you’ll see the rapid development of fast charging infrastructure around the country, and indeed the world.

“The positive economic, environmental and tourism benefits are potentially huge. The New Zealand Government is aiming to have 64,000 EVs registered in New Zealand by 2021. The uptake is rapid, with EV registrations last month the strongest on record.”

Mr Murphy said that Eastland Group had applied to the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, and was hoping to receive support to build further fast chargers in the region and open up the routes to Opotiki, Napier and around the Coast.

He was expecting to receive a response at the end of August.

OWNERSHIP of electric vehicle is expected to rise, and electric cars around Gisborne should become more common after the region gets its first electric charging station.

Eastland Group will install a new Terra 53 charging station in Gladstone Road, between their head office and the Emerald Hotel.

“We’re excited about this next step in opening up the region to electric vehicles,” said Eastland Group business development general manager Gavin Murphy.

“To encourage electric car drivers to visit our region, and help grow the uptake of EVs among locals, we will be offering free charging until the end of the year.

“Drivers can simply pull up and plug in. It will take 20 to 30 minutes for a fast, full charge, so while they are waiting they can check out the shops and grab a coffee.”

Electrinet would soon start laying cabling from the Eastland Network transformer on Read’s Quay.

That would mean temporary fencing would be put up around the Gladstone Road site, with room left for pedestrians to continue using the footpath.

Installed before end of July

Mr Murphy said preparations were expected to take about two weeks, with the charging station put in separately before the end of July.

Mr Murphy said that groups of EV owners regularly toured around the country and had already expressed their interest in coming to the region.

“People may wonder why we’re doing this now, when there are still only a few EVs and hybrids in the region.

“EVs are cheap for owners to run and, because they operate on 80 percent renewable energy in this country, they help reduce carbon emissions.

“If you look at the plugshare.com map you’ll see the rapid development of fast charging infrastructure around the country, and indeed the world.

“The positive economic, environmental and tourism benefits are potentially huge. The New Zealand Government is aiming to have 64,000 EVs registered in New Zealand by 2021. The uptake is rapid, with EV registrations last month the strongest on record.”

Mr Murphy said that Eastland Group had applied to the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, and was hoping to receive support to build further fast chargers in the region and open up the routes to Opotiki, Napier and around the Coast.

He was expecting to receive a response at the end of August.

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