Electric vehicles and power in NZ. The latest trends.
Z Station: Drive towards the Bright Future at Full Speed!
If you don’t own an electric vehicle (EV) yet, you are missing out on the bright future. Not only will Z station make your life easier, but it will also help you contribute to energy efficiency nationwide and – worldwide. EVs have been gaining popularity rapidly, and them reducing carbon emissions is only one of the many reasons for that. We should all take some time to think about these options and support the environemnt for our future.
Electric Vehicles Explained
Pollution aside, electric vehicles are a cheaper alternative to petroleum-powered ones. They run on 80% renewable electricity, as opposed to imported fuel.
Did you know that your EV can be easily charged at home? You only need plug it in overnight using a standard power point – all that at the cost of $3 per 100km. More affordable than petroleum? Far more affordable, we would say!
The two main EV types are battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). BEVs are fuelled solely by a battery while PHEVs have two engines – one fuelled by a battery and the other one – by petrol or diesel.
Among the most popular BEVs in New Zealand are Tesla S, the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe (cars), Nissan eNV200 and the Renault Kangoo (vans). Most popular PHEVs include BMW i3, Audi e-tron, and Mitsubishi Outlander.
Note that petrol hybrids don’t fall under the EV category. Only vehicles charging by plugging in are. Petrol hybrids such as Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Prius recapture energy or use electricity generated by the engine.
Many power companies in NZ offer EV battery chargers in addition to standard sustainable green solutions, making EV maintenance an easy task.
Power NZ and EV deals
With numerous Power NZ companies to choose from, the task of getting best deals for your EV will not only become simple, but other cheaper power plans may well present themselves. However, the main concern when it comes to EVs is the time required to charge the battery and the re-charge interval.
And that is exactly where Z station fits in. Z Energy is a well-established household name in NZ that, until recently, provided fuel to retail customers alone. They have since expanded their business, catering to EV users. So far they have installed six rapid-charge stations in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, with more likely to come soon. And the cost of re-charging is $5 to $10!
Z Energy has invested $26 million in New Zealand’s first commercial-scale biodiesel plant at Wiri, Auckland. The business assesses the plant will be able to convert inedible tallow into 20 million litres of biodiesel per year. Other power companies NZ have similar intentions, given that the country has committed itself to becoming 100% powered by renewable energy by 2025. Turns out EVs are getting more sustainable by the day.
EV dealers are also many. Whether you would like to buy a new or a used EV, you will find no difficulties finding them. The following dealers offer electric cars and vans: GVI.Kiwi, Autocourt, BMW, The Electric Car Company, Plugn Drive NZ, HVS Electric, Volt Vehicles, EV Central, Enterprise Motor Group Hamilton, Monster Value Autos, Morrell Motors Ltd., REM Cars, The Car Man, Mercedes-Benz Hawkes Bay, Mercedes-Benz Wellington, Armstrong Prestige Christchurch, Armstrong Prestige Dunedin, Ingham-Sears, Ingham Prestige, Coutts Newmarket, Metro Christchurch Ltd., Central City Cars, The Car Company Nelson, Paul Kelly Motor Company, Energy Motors Hyundai, Coltons Motor vehicle Co, Corlet Motor Company, Autolink Cars RMVT, Cashback Cars, European Car Imports, Gazley Motors CBD, Gazley Motors Lower Hutt, Gilmore Automotive, NZ Electric Vehicles, Tesla Motors, and Farmer Auto Village.
Z station, Low User Plans Equal Huge Savings in the Long Run
Charging your EV at a z station is only the first step towards sustainability. Switching to a low user plan in the process will make for a brighter future, so it’s a good idea to compare the deals. All power companies NZ are listed below.
- Black Box Power
- Contact Energy
- Electra Energy
- Electric Kiwi
- Energy Online
- Flick Electric
- Genesis Energy
- Giving Energy
- Grey Power Electricity
- Just Energy
- King Country energy
- MAD Power
- Mercury Energy
- Merdian Energy
- Mighty River Power
- Nova Energy
- Payless Energy
- Prime Energy
- Property Power
- Puaua to the People
- Pulse Energy
- Simply Energy
- Switch Utilities
- Tiny Mighty Power
- Trust Power
- Wise Prepay Energy