EV Home Chargers: The New Zealand Guide

It’s entirely feasible to charge an EV with the cable (the one with a control box attached) it came with. Many owners find this meets the need – they set a timed charge to run during the night.

January 31, 2024       6 min read

However, trickle charging is slow and lacks any smart functionality.

Wall-mounted charging points offer the best solution for charging an EV at home. In a typical single-phase house, this will provide around 7.2 kW of power – about 50 km of range per hour.

In addition, several chargers will take advantage of solar panels, load balancing, and offer extensive reporting, or app-based control. They are the best option for workplace charging or apartments.

Some charger retailers offer a complete package and will quote for the electrical work.

  • Tethered: The cable is built into the charger (you don’t need an extra cable).
  • Untethered: The unit only has a socket. You need your own cable – which will cost around $220+.
  • Charging Speed: All wall chargers are capable of 7.2 kW (32A single-phase charging). If your building has three-phase power, you must choose carefully, as not all chargers are configured for this.
  • The charger will add 100 km of range to an EV in about two hours (calculate EV charging cost).
  • Expect to pay between $500-1200 for the installation by a qualified electrician – it varies depending on options and the distance from your main circuit board.

What kind of charging socket does my EV have?

EVs in New Zealand have two different kinds of sockets for AC charging.

Essentially, all Nissan Leafs have type 1; everything else has type 2. Most of the chargers listed are for vehicles with a Type 2 socket.

What chargers are available in New Zealand?

All chargers listed here are the price for the unit only.

Evnex E2

  • Load balancing.
  • Includes solar matching.
  • Different colour options.
  • Tethered
  • Extensive app features, including live grid emissions (from NZ power generation data).
  • Made in New Zealand

$1,395

Suppliers: Evnex

Tesla Wall Connector

  • Compatible with all Type 2 vehicles (not just Tesla)
  • Tethered

$800

Suppliers: Tesla NZ

MG Chargehub

  • Works with all Type 2 EVs
  • Available in black, grey, or red.
  • Tethered

$2,090

Suppliers: MG Motors

Beny / EV Power Wall Charger

  • Multiple configurations (tethered, untethered, smart, non-smart)
  • Load balancing.
  • Extra: solar matching.
  • (EV Power is a rebadged Beny charger for the NZ market).

$800 for the basic model.

$1,300 – tethered with solar matching

Suppliers: OEM Power, DriveEV

EO Mini Pro 2

  • Smallest wall box
  • Extra: Load balancing
  • Extra: Solar matching
  • Socket only (untethered)

$1,700

Suppliers: OEM Audio

Smart EV Wall charger

  • Includes load balancing
  • Tethered (5m cable)

$950

Suppliers: Smart EV Chargers

Wallbox Pulsar Plus

  • Tethered (5m).
  • Black or white
  • Mywallbox app

$1,995

Suppliers: Chargemaster, Transnet

Smappee

  • Tethered (8m).
  • Black or white
  • Sophisticated energy management system

See Smappee