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More EV chargers for Franklin

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Fuseworks Media

Local electric vehicle users will be excited by the news that more publicly available fast chargers are on their way.

Counties Power has announced today they have received funding from the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) to go towards the cost of installing fast chargers for the rapidly expanding area of Paerata Rise and Pokeno. This adds to the three the company has already installed.

Counties Power Chief Executive Judy Nicholl says the company recognises the importance of electric vehicles going forward. "We’re investing in supporting infrastructure to promote and increase the use of electric vehicles locally. Electric vehicle use is growing exponentially both nationally and internationally and we’re committed to ensuring our locals and visitors have the ability to charge their vehicles throughout our region."

"We’re thankful to EECA for $78,000 in grants from the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund which helps to subsidise the charger build cost for us. These chargers are a significant investment, however one that is instrumental to ensuring we future-proof our network and the rise in electric vehicle use."

Using an electric vehicle is the most effective way a household can reduce their carbon dioxide emissions and help reduce global warming as 85 percent of New Zealand’s electricity generation is renewable, a percentage that will increase over time.

Counties Power already offers fast charging stations for the public in the car park off Tobin Lane in Pukekohe’s CBD, at the company’s Glasgow Rd, Pukekohe site and in Waiuku at the Waiuku Agriculture and Machinery Museum.

An early adopter of electric vehicles, Counties Power has run a fleet of three electric vehicles since 2013.

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