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The Warehouse Group has increased public access to electric vehicle rapid charging with the expansion and upgrade of its charging station infrastructure.
Three new charging stations in Kaitaia, Waipapa and Greymouth broaden the Group’s existing network of 25 chargers to a total of 28. All offer free EV charging outside The Warehouse stores around the country and thirteen of the sites have been upgraded to 25kW DC rapid chargers.
The Warehouse Group’s Chief Sustainability Officer, David Benattar says the company is very pleased to be providing greater access to fast charging for New Zealanders and by doing so is playing an important part in removing an EV adoption barrier.
“Providing greater access to rapid chargers for EV users not only removes a key barrier to greater EV adoption, but also contributes to New Zealand’s progress in establishing a decarbonised economy.”
The expansion is another step in the Group’s EV commitment, an integral part of its broader sustainability programme
The rapid charger network expansion was enabled by a $265,000 grant from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) as one ofthe 21 projectsapproved by the EECA Board for funding in 2020.
As part of the EV rapid charging expansion project, TWG has partnered with ChargeNet, who are supplying the software for the charging installation and YHI Energy who have supplied the Delta 25kW DC Wallbox Chargers.
As at April 2021, available EV charging locations at The Warehouse stores include Whangarei, Snells Beach, Royal Oak, Lunn Ave, Cambridge, Tauranga, Gisborne, Te Awamutu, Te Kuiti, Taupo, Bell Block, Hawera, Napier, Hastings, Masterton, Petone, Blenheim, Motueka, Rangiora, Rolleston, Timaru, Dunedin, Balclutha, Gore, Invercargill, Kaitaia, Waipapa and Greymouth.