BMW boosts the elec­tric high­way

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BMW Group New Zealand has an­nounced the launch of ChargeNow in the coun­try. ChargeNow is a ser­vice from BMW i, which en­ables cus­tomers to ac­cess the largest net­work of elec­tric ve­hi­cle fast charg­ing sta­tions, all with a sin­gle charge card.

The ChargeNow net­work is op­er­ated by Charge Net NZ, which is tar­get­ing a net­work of more than 100 DC fast charg­ing sta­tions by the end of 2017. Not only does Charge Net of­fer broad cov­er­age across the coun­try, the sta­tions are pow­ered by 100 per­cent zero-car­bon-cer­ti­fied elec­tric­ity from Ecotric­ity

BMW an­nounced a part­ner­ship with Charge Net NZ in late 2016, to fur­ther de­velop a na­tion­wide charg­ing net­work. This land­mark part­ner­ship will en­able Ki­wis to drive their elec­tric ve­hi­cles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the in­stal­la­tion of a fast charg­ing high­way stretch­ing from Kaitaia to In­ver­cargill.

New Zealand is one of the most elec­tric ve­hi­cle-ready coun­tries in the world, with just over 80 per­cent of the coun­try’s elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated from re­new­able sources. That po­si­tions New Zealand sec­ond in the world in terms of re­new­able elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion.

With ChargeNow, elec­tric ve­hi­cle driv­ers will be able to fast-charge their cars at sta­tions around the coun­try us­ing the BMW-Charge Net NZ-branded ChargeNow card, which op­er­ates as a debit card. Charg­ing at a DC charg­ing sta­tion takes around 30 min­utes to reach 80 per cent ca­pac­ity. A real-world sce­nario of charg­ing from ap­prox­i­mately 30 to 80 per­cent can be achieved in around 15 min­utes.

BMW Group New Zealand man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Flo­rian Ren­ndor­fer wel­comes the ar­rival of ChargeNow in New Zealand. “With more cus­tomers em­brac­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles and the roll­out of a charg­ing net­work fully un­der­way, we are pleased to of­fer a so­lu­tion where ChargeNow cus­tomers are fully sup­ported by a con­ve­nient and ex­ten­sive charg­ing net­work.”

ChargeNow op­er­ates on a sub­scrip­tion ba­sis, with cus­tomers able to cre­ate and man­age their ac­count via an in­ter­net por­tal, Cus­tomers then re­ceive a ChargeNow card which ac­ti­vates charg­ing func­tions at the fast charg­ers na­tion­wide.

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