One of the best things about owning an EV is being able to plug in at home without visiting the petrol station. Using a residential off-peak electricity rate means you can charge your EV for the equivalent of 30c a litre.*
There’s nothing technical or difficult about it. Charging is as easy and as safe as charging your mobile phone .
Charging at Home
Charging at home overnight is the simplest, cheapest and most convenient way to charge.
You may be able to take advantage of off-peak electricity rates and some power companies even offer special rates for EV owners.
You can charge at home using your portable 3-pin charging cable or by using a wall-mounted charging unit. When purchasing an EV or charging equipment, ask the seller for a signed copy of a Supplier Declaration of Conformity – this shows the unit has been tested and meets electrical safety standards.
Wall Mounted Charging Unit
A dedicated wall-mounted charging unit is great to have at home.
These are increasingly common and convenient as they can often charge faster than using a regular 3-pin charging cable. A registered electrician would need to install it.
There are several options in the market, with higher-end devices able to display information of what your battery is charged up to and other fitting functions .
EV Charging Safety
-Any chargers that use mains electricity must meet New Zealand’s Electrical Safety regulations and Standards.
-Don’t use extension cables or adaptors.