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
Sometimes called route charging, these are typically DC fast chargers specifically for points along a journey.
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 Network||AC||DC per kWh||Per Minute charge||Idle 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||–||–|
|Jolt||Free**||$0.50 / kWh|
** For first 7 kW.
List of public charging networks
The biggest journey charging network with > 280 chargers.
Includes chargers by WEL networks
- Z Energy
Integrated into existing Z service stations.
Integrated into existing BP service stations (aiming to have chargers across 50 stations by end of 2023).
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).
Wellington-based charger installation – with some public chargers.
Establishing a network of destination chargers at Mitre 10 (2023).
- Tesla Supercharger
Around 14 Tesla superchargers in NZ.
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 Company||Charging Network||Benefit|
|Genesis||Chargenet||Combined billing using Genesis power plan’s ‘per kWh’ day and night rates.|
|Z Electric||Z Energy||Plan that incorporates installation of a 7.2 kW home charger, plus credits on public charging. More.|
|Octopus Energy||OpenLoop||Add charging sessions to Octopus bill|
|Octopus Energy||ChargeNet||Add charging sessions to Octopus bill|
|Meridian||Zero||EV Plan includes either a $200 credit or free AC charging cable (for use at Zero chargers).|
|Electric Kiwi||–||Discount on EVNEX home smart charger installation.|
|Electric Kiwi||Chargenet||Add charging sessions to Electric Kiwi bill|
|AA Smartfuel||Chargenet||Earn credits for Chargenet based on fuel credits earned|
|Cardlink||Chargenet + existing petrol stations||Allows 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.
Extensive coverage of all kinds of chargers.
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.
A device with one or more charging ports and connectors for charging EVs.
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.
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.