EV Public Charging: Networks, Prices, and Providers

The charging network in NZ is not a single utility, it is made up of multiple providers and payment systems.

This means there are multiple apps and RFID fobs to manage. Public chargers do not offer payment by credit or debit card, but generally require accounts.

Public chargers are either AC chargers (slower, most require your own cable), or DC fast chargers.

Public Charging Prices

Types of charging

Journey Charging
Sometimes called route charging, these are typically DC fast chargers specifically for points along a journey.

Destination Charging
Chargers are located where you will spend time doing something else (shopping, eating, sleeping). These are typically slower-speed chargers located at shops, malls, and motels.

Charging NetworkACDC per kWhPer Minute chargeIdle Fees
ChargeNet$0.40 / kWh$0.80 – $0.85 /kWh$1 / minute*
OpenLoop (includes WEL networks)$0.24 – $0.50 / kWh$0.24 +
Z Energy$0.69 / kWh
Hikotron$0.50 / kWh
BP$0.55 / kWh
JoltFree**$0.50 / kWh
*5-minutes free before idle fee
** For first 7 kW.

List of public charging networks

  • ChargeNet
    The biggest journey charging network with > 280 chargers.
  • OpenLoop
    Includes chargers by WEL networks
  • Z Energy
    Integrated into existing Z service stations.
  • BP
    Integrated into existing BP service stations (aiming to have chargers across 50 stations by end of 2023).
  • Hikotron
    Hamilton-based, focusing on AC charging, now partnering with Mercury Energy to roll out 500 charging points throughout the country.
  • Zero (Meridian)
    Predominantly AC chargers (many of which are free).
  • Thundergrid
    Wellington-based charger installation – with some public chargers.
  • Jolt
    Establishing a network of destination chargers at Mitre 10 (2023).
  • Tesla Supercharger
    Around 14 Tesla superchargers in NZ.
  • Kiwev
    Destination chargers installed at motels and restaurants.

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.
Z ElectricZ EnergyPlan that incorporates installation of a 7.2 kW home charger, plus credits on public charging. More.
Octopus EnergyOpenLoopAdd charging sessions to Octopus bill
Octopus EnergyChargeNetAdd charging sessions to Octopus 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.

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.