The Warehouse Group is increasing public access to electric vehicle fast charging with the expansion and upgrade of its charging station network.
28 The Warehouse Stores around New Zealand are now offering free EV charging, thirteen of which have been upgraded to 25kW DC rapid charges.
TWG chief sustainability officer, David Benattar, says the company 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,” he says.
The expansion comes as another step in the Group’s EV commitment, an integral part of its action towards climate change in New Zealand.
The EV rapid charing expansion has been enabled by a $265,000 grant from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). The grant was one of only 21 projects, out of 71 proposals, approved by the EECA Board for funding last year.
Also supporting the initiative is ChargeNet, who are supplying the software for the charing installation, and YHI Energy, who have supplied the Delta 25kW DC Wallbox Chargers.
Aaron Gillon, divisional manager at YHI Energy says, “We are proud to partner with The Warehouse Group, it helps break down the perceived barriers of Electric Vehicles by having rapid charging options available where people shop.
“It’s great to have a partner who is willing to embrace green technology solutions for themselves and the communities they support”.
Currently 59 percent of TWG’s passenger fleet is EV, with plans to transition 100 percent to electric within the next 24 months. Earlier this month, four custom EV trucks were introduced to service home deliveries.