Electric vehicles and Charging Stations

This page has links to information on electric vehicles: the models currently available, what the terms mean, and where to charge them.

Past, present and future of electric vehicles

Some of the first vehicles in the later part of the 19th century were electric vehicles (steam was most popular, followed by electricity, then gasoline). However, by the 1920s large petroleum discoveries and an extensive road network fuelled the adoption of the internal combustion engine – they were faster and could go further. They were quick to refuel.

The status quo is now being challenged by electric vehicles. Climate change, air quality, imported fuel cost and other environmental concerns have encouraged the uptake of first hybrid petrol/electric vehicles and now all electric vehicles (plugin).

This is an area of rapid development with some manufacturers deciding to use fuel cells, based on piped hydrogen, as the charging source for electric vehicles. Electric vehicle range is always improving and the prices are dropping as economies of scale take effect.

Porirua City Council wants to encourage low emission, as well as active, modes of transport, so here are some links for further information to promote the uptake of environmentally benign transport solutions.

Porirua electric charging station

Porirua Mayor Mike Tana gets ready to charge up the Council's electric vehicle.

An electric charging station has been installed outside 1 Serlby Place in central Porirua (accessed via Lydney Place North carpark entrance opposite Countdown). The charger is high voltage and quick, and will recharge most vehicles within 25 minutes. Users pay for the service, with a typical vehicle costing between $8.00 and $10.00 to fully charge a car.

We worked with ChargeNet NZ, which funded the installation, and Wellington Electricity to join the network of electric car charging stations already in place across the Wellington region.

Porirua's station has two dedicated 60 minute parking spaces, which gives plenty of time to fully charge most electric vehicles.