Initial Veefil fast charger goes live in New Zealand’s first fast-charging network
The first Veefil fast charger for electric vehicles (EV) to be installed in New Zealand, designed and manufactured by Australian company Tritium, will be operational for public use from 30 October. Located in the town of Kaiwaka, situated between Auckland and Northland, this represents the launch of Phase 1 of a three-year project by ChargeNet to create the country’s first fast-charging network.
Positioned in the car parking area of a supermarket, the Veefil represents the start of a long-held vision by Steve West, ChargeNet's founder and CEO, to establish the country as a world-class EV nation. His aim is to engage public and private organisations to contribute to the charging network across New Zealand. Further Veefil units will be deployed in and around other major cities such as Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.
Tritium has already shipped 23 Veefil fast chargers for the first phase and ChargeNet plans to install 75 fast-charging units in total from Tritium over the next three years.
"The small size and weight of the Veefil, its advanced technology - together with sleek design - make it an ideal fast charger for ChargeNet," explains Paul Sernia, Tritiums's Commercial Director. "It was specifically designed to be used in areas where motorists will want to enjoy the convenience of fast charging, such as shopping centres, coffee shops and highways services, and it can add 50km range to an EV battery charge in just 10 minutes.
"Steve West is an enthusiastic EV driver and evangelist who decided that someone had to break the 'chicken and egg' situation of which came first - the EV or the charging network - which is usually the main barrier to people deciding to drive electric."
Source: Company Press Release