Canterbury and Otago businesses will find it easier to cater to New Zealand's growing number of
electric vehicles thanks to support from Meridian Energy and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Authority (EECA).

Meridian Energy will commission 22kW AC electric vehicle charging stations at businesses across the
two regions, after successfully securing $150,000 in co-funding from the government’s Low Emissions
Vehicle Contestable Fund, administered by EECA.

Meridian's emerging markets team manager Tim Calder says the goal is to expand the AC charging
network in Otago and Canterbury to reduce ‘range anxiety’ for those considering electric vehicles and
increase convenience for current drivers.

“New Zealand’s public charging network is still underdeveloped compared to established markets
overseas. This project will help businesses play their part in addressing this and ultimately
accelerating EV uptake in New Zealand,” Mr Calder says.

Retail, accommodation, tourism and hospitality businesses have a particularly important role in lifting
New Zealand’s EV game.

“We know many businesses want to provide chargers for customers but lack the necessary expertise
and resources to make the investment. We’ll be lowering these barriers by giving them access to
high quality advice, reliable technology, and operational or financial support,” Mr Calder says.

Results from the project will allow other regions in New Zealand to identify similar opportunities to
support the growth of electric vehicles.

“Our tried and tested approach shows that investing in charging stations makes good business sense.
This is a major step forward to making electric vehicles a viable way to travel around town and the
length and breadth of New Zealand,” Mr Calder says.


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