EV Public Charging: Networks, Prices, and Providers

The charging network in New Zealand is not a single utility; it comprises multiple providers and payment systems.

January 31, 2024       6 min read

A charger can be AC (slower, cheaper; most require your own cable) or DC (faster, more expensive, cable not needed).

You can predict the time and cost to charge at an AC charge point.

Public Charging Prices

Charging NetworkAC per kWhDC per kWhPer Minute chargeIdle Fees
ChargeNet$0.40$0.80 – $0.85$1 / minute*
OpenLoop (includes WEL networks)$0.24 – $0.50$0.24 +
Z Energy$0.69
Hikotron$0.50
BP$0.70
Zero (Meridian)$0.50
JoltFree**$0.50
Jump Charging$0.75
Tesla Supercharger***Varies (0.40 – 0.85c). Check Tesla app for pricing$1 – $2 / minute
* 5-minutes free before an idle fee
** For first 7 kW.
*** Open to non-Tesla vehicles from Sep 2023 (CCS).

EV charging stations in New Zealand

Public charging networks in New Zealand

  • ChargeNet
    The largest journey charging network with over 300 chargers.
  • OpenLoop
    Includes chargers by WEL networks
  • Z Energy
    Integrated into existing Z service stations.
  • BP
    Integrated into existing BP service stations.
  • Hikotron
    Hamilton-based, focusing on AC charging, now partnering with Mercury Energy to roll out 500 charging points throughout the country.
  • Zero (Meridian)
    Mostly destination chargers at community areas (sports clubs). Predominantly AC chargers (some are free).
  • Thundergrid
    Wellington-based charger installation – with some public chargers.
  • Jump Charging
    Chargers are the first to include payment by card.
  • Jolt
    Establishing a network of destination chargers at Mitre 10.
  • Tesla Supercharger
    Around 14 Tesla superchargers in NZ.
  • Kiwev
    Destination chargers installed at motels and restaurants (prices set by property owner? Typically 30-50c per kWh).

Partnerships with power providers

Many NZ energy companies collaborate with charging networks, bringing discounts and unified payment options.

Power CompanyCharging NetworkBenefit
GenesisChargenetCombined billing using Genesis power plan’s ‘per kWh’ day and night rates.
EV Plan includes a $200 credit or free AC charging cable (for use at Zero chargers).OpenLoopAdd charging sessions to Octopus bill
Octopus EnergyChargeNetAdd charging sessions to Octopus bill
Nova?Add charging sessions to Nova bill
MeridianZeroEV Plan includes either a $200 credit or free AC charging cable (for use at Zero chargers).
Electric KiwiDiscount on EVNEX home smart charger installation.
Electric KiwiChargenetAdd charging sessions to Electric Kiwi bill
AA SmartfuelChargenetEarn credits for Chargenet based on fuel credits earned
CardlinkChargenet + existing petrol stationsAllows business fleet vehicles to have everything on a single invoice.

Charging network maps

How do you find the nearest charger?

Waka Kotahi (EVRoam)
Maintains maps of fast chargers. Unfortunately is not comprehensive, as not all NZ charging networks have chosen to share their charging information.

Plugshare
Extensive coverage of all kinds of chargers.

ABRP
Plan a road trip that includes the best charging stops.

EECA Charging Map
Seems out of date.

What’s the difference between a charger, station, or charging port?

The definitions from the US NEVI program are helpful.

Charger

A device with one or more charging ports and connectors for charging EVs.

Charging Port

The system within a charger that charges one EV. A charging port can have several connectors, but it can charge only one EV at a time.

Charging Station

The area in the immediate vicinity of a group of chargers and includes chargers, support equipment, adjacent parking, and lanes for entering and leaving.

A charging station could comprise only part of the property on which it is located.