Mo­torists get charged in Ash­bur­ton

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ERIN TASKER

Elec­tric ve­hi­cle (EV) own­ers can now recharge their ve­hi­cles in Ash­bur­ton’s town cen­tre.

EA Net­works of­fi­cially opened their Ash­bur­ton fast charger site last week, the sec­ond of three they’re es­tab­lish­ing around Mid Can­ter­bury. The first was es­tab­lished in Rakaia in March and it’s be­ing well used by EV own­ers, while a third in Methven is cur­rently in the plan­ning stage.

EA Net­works chair­man Gary Leech said the com­pany saw the in­vest­ment as a cat­a­lyst for driv­ing up­take of EVs.

‘‘This is nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture to al­low that mar­ket to es­tab­lish,’’ he said.

EVs are crit­i­cal to New Zealand’s de­sire to re­duce car­bon emis­sions.

‘‘The trans­port sec­tor is a sig­nif­i­cant emit­ter and EVs are car­bon neu­tral,’’ Leech said.

The fast charger is an ABB prod­uct with the lat­est type two ter­mi­nal al­low­ing new EVs hit­ting the mar­ket to ac­cess power, and it al­lows users to go from near zero charge, to 80 per cent charge, in 30 min­utes.

The charger’s lo­ca­tion, in the West St car park off State High­way 1, was cho­sen in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ash­bur­ton District Coun­cil due to its prox­im­ity to the main high­way, Ash­bur­ton’s main re­tail cen­tre and cafes. and for its easy ac­cess.

The fast charger is free for a lim­ited time.

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Ash­bur­ton’s new elec­tric ve­hi­cle charger on West Street.

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