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Businesses to charge ahead with EV infrastructure

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Canterbury and Otago businesses will find it easier to cater to New Zealand's growing number of electric vehicles thanks to support from Meridian Energy and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

Meridian Energy will commission 22kW AC electric vehicle charging stations at businesses across the two regions, after successfully securing $150,000 in co-funding from the government’s Low Emissions Vehicle Contestable Fund, administered by EECA.

Meridian's emerging markets team manager Tim Calder says the goal is to expand the AC charging network in Otago and Canterbury to reduce ‘range anxiety’ for those considering electric vehicles and increase convenience for current drivers.

"New Zealand’s public charging network is still underdeveloped compared to established markets overseas. This project will help businesses play their part in addressing this and ultimately accelerating EV uptake in New Zealand," Mr Calder says.

Retail, accommodation, tourism and hospitality businesses have a particularly important role in lifting New Zealand’s EV game.

"We know many businesses want to provide chargers for customers but lack the necessary expertise and resources to make the investment. We’ll be lowering these barriers by giving them access to high quality advice, reliable technology, and operational or financial support," Mr Calder says.

Results from the project will allow other regions in New Zealand to identify similar opportunities to support the growth of electric vehicles.

"Our tried and tested approach shows that investing in charging stations makes good business sense.

This is a major step forward to making electric vehicles a viable way to travel around town and the length and breadth of New Zealand," Mr Calder says.

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