Old and new vehicles promote sustainable driving

Counties Power Chief Executive Judy Nicholl and and Waiuku Town Manager/Franklin Local Board representative Sharlene Druyven officially open the charging station. A 1956 Morris Minor from the Museum sits beside one of Counties Power’s electric vehicles.

Waiuku’s newest type of vehicle can charge up next to some of its oldest at the town’s first electric vehicle charging station. Counties Power officially opened the service on Tuesday 31 July at the site of the future Waiuku Agriculture and Machinery Museum on Kitchener Road.

Counties Power and the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) have jointly funded the installation of the publicly available electric vehicle fast charging station for Waiuku township.

Counties Power Chief Executive Judy Nicholl says the company appealed to the Waiuku business community to host the site through the Waiuku Business Association and local media. “We were very fortunate to have local businessman John Dickey from the Waiuku Agriculture and Machinery Museum offer to host the station.

There is a great juxtaposition of having the old and the new types of vehicles side by side which tells a wonderful story, especially with Waiuku being such a historical town itself,” she said. “I’d like to personally thank the Museum for their generosity hosting the charging station.

These stations bring huge benefits to local businesses and the community by enabling the uptake of electric vehicles, encouraging sustainability and opening up Waiuku as a destination to EV users from further afield. We are strong supporters of this technology, having already established two electric vehicle fast charging sites in Pukekohe, with plans to establish more sites across the region in future.” The electric vehicle charger will be part of the national ChargeNet EV charging network. The cost to charge is at ChargeNet’s standard rates, expected to be around $8 – $10 per full charge for an average electric vehicle. To launch the site to the public Counties Power are shouting the cost to use the charger for two months, until 30 September 2018.

Counties Power offers fast charging stations for the public in the car park off Tobin Lane in Pukekohe’s CBD and also at the company’s office on Glasgow Rd, Pukekohe. An early adopter of electric vehicles, Counties Power has run a fleet of three electric vehicles since 2013.


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