New EV Chargers Roll Out Across Waimakariri

Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers will soon be popping up in public car parks across Waimakariri after the Waimakariri District Council signed an initial agreement with Meridian to support the installation of EV chargers in Rangiora.

A Meridian 22kw AC charger installed at The Tannery boutique shopping centre in Christchurch.

The chargers will be fully owned and operated by Meridian who will also cover the full cost of the equipment and installation, while the Council will license access to the land.

“Getting a network of charging infrastructure in key locations is a great result for Waimakariri”, said Councillor Niki Mealings, Council portfolio holder for climate change. “This initiative is just a small part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and reducing emissions in response to climate change.”

In December last year, Council committed to supporting the uptake of EVs in the District by making space available for charging infrastructure in Council-owned car parks. After considering two formal proposals, Councillors ultimately accepted the staff recommendation to work with Meridian who have extensive experience with EVs and associated infrastructure.

The first chargers will be installed in the carpark behind Rangiora Library and allow four vehicles to charge simultaneously.  From there, the intention is to install additional charging stations at Woodend, Kaiapoi and Oxford.

The dual-socketed 22kw AC charging stations can deliver up to 120km of travel per hour of charging, depending on the vehicle make and model.  This type of charger is perfectly suited to council facilities and is typically installed at locations where drivers will be parked for longer durations such as cafes, libraries, community facilities and retail areas, while the faster DC chargers are often located on major travel routes.