West­pac NZ in­creases charg­ers

New Zealand Company Vehicle - - BRIEFS -

West­pac has wel­comed the ar­rival of 65 new elec­tric and plug-in hy­brid cars as it gears up to meet a tar­get of al­most 100 elec­tric cars by 2019. “This is a game changer for us as we step up our ef­forts to help curb cli­mate change. The in­clu­sion of this many elec­tric cars in our fleet will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce our own car­bon emis­sions.” said Karen Silk, West­pac NZ gen­eral man­ager, Com­mer­cial Cor­po­rate and In­sti­tu­tional Bank­ing. West­pac first added three elec­tric ve­hi­cles (EVS) in late 2016 and com­mit­ted to con­vert 30 per­cent of its 301-car fleet by 2019. The cars will be sent to West­pac branches and of­fices rang­ing from Al­bany to In­ver­cargill. “We be­gan our jour­ney al­most two years ago with a small trial and by the end of June this year we’ll have 65 elec­tric cars on the road. The re­main­ing 32 will be in­cluded in the fleet as leases ex­pire,” said Ms Silk. Af­ter de­tailed anal­y­sis, the de­ci­sion was made to ac­quire Hyundai Ioniqs which are avail­able in ei­ther full elec­tric or plug-in hy­brid mod­els. “At least 50 of our new cars will be fully elec­tric and our on­go­ing com­mit­ment is to in­clude as many full EVS as pos­si­ble. How­ever, for staff work­ing fur ther afield, it makes sense to in­clude the plug-in hy­brid ve­hi­cles as well,” said Ms Silk. “We be­lieve we have an im­por­tant role to play in the fu­ture of elec­tric cars in New Zealand. When our leases ex­pire, th­ese fleet cars will go into the used car mar­ket,” said Ms Silk. “That will help make elec­tric cars more ac­ces­si­ble and avail­able to Ki­wis.” Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the cars to the fleet is the largest cor­po­rate charger in­stal­la­tion in New Zealand. Work has started at West­pac’s Brit­o­mart head of­fice to up­grade the power sup­ply of the build­ing so that it can ac­com­mo­date the 23 charg­ers that will be in­stalled in the car park. West­pac will be in­stalling a to­tal of 65 charg­ers through­out its New Zealand branches and of­fices to ac­com­pany the ar­rival of the elec­tric cars and to sup­ple­ment ex­ist­ing pub­lic charg­ing fa­cil­i­ties. We hope to make the charg­ers at the Tau­ranga branch and cor­po­rate of­fice in Hamil­ton pub­li­cally ac­ces­si­ble and avail­able free of charge out­side of busi­ness hours (be­fore 7am and af­ter 6pm). “Out­side of busi­ness hours, peo­ple will be able to drive up to the car park and charge their cars while they do some shop­ping or spend time in the area,” said Ms Silk.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.