3 reasons to go electric
“I was quite surprised to be honest. The Leaf has been awesome to drive – really smooth. The range hasn’t been an issue for my daily use.”
Amos subscribed to a 2015 Leaf
Co-funded by EECA
We have received Government co-funding to offer EVs to subscribers at a discounted price.
The co-funding is part of the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, which is administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).
Look for the ‘Co-funded by EECA‘ banner on our listings to identify EVs in this programme.
What you need to know
All EVs have an expected driving range which is determined by battery size and condition. It is important to consider the range because refuelling an EV generally requires more time than a petrol vehicle.
All our EV listings show an expected range that has been estimated based on the characteristics of that vehicle. When selecting an EV for subscription consider your typical driving needs. If you drive a long distance to work and back you will probably want to consider an EV with a longer range.
Charging at home
All our EVs are supplied with a home charge cable that can be plugged into an ordinary home power outlet.
The vehicle itself does not need to be in a garage while charging as long as the charging cable can be connected directly from the power source to the car without an extension cable.
Home charging is convenient but it is the slowest method of charging and 8-12 hours is required to charge most of our EVs from 20% to full. If you have an off-peak electricity rate overnight is the most cost-effective time to charge.
Charging out & about
There is an ever-growing network of public chargers across NZ. These public chargers are much faster than charging at home and depending on the type of charger can add 100km of range in as little as 15 minutes.
If you are lucky there may be a free fast charger in your area or on your trip route, however, most chargers cost money to use. Charges vary but usual rates at a ChargeNet station are $0.25 / minute + $0.25/kWh, so adding 100km range will cost $8-10.
You can read more about the ChargeNet electric vehicle charging network, including how to sign up, on their website.
- You need to have a parking space at home or work that is within 5m to a power source to charge the car.
- The car does not need to be in a garage, as long as the charging cable can be connected directly from the power source to the car without an extension cable
- Distance per charge
- You travel up to 100km per day and have the capacity to charge it overnight when the battery is low
- Hyundai Ioniq go up to 250km on a full while the Nissan Leafs go up to 100km (+/- 20% variant depending on drive terrain, a/c powered, etc.)
There are hundreds of fast charging spots around the country. See www.plugshare.com or download the app for more info.
Distance varies depending on the make and model, battery’s state of health (SOH), driving style and terrain but as a guide, distance per full charge are as below:
- 2017 Hyundai Ioniq: 240 km on a full charge
- 2015 Nissan Leaf: 100km on a full charge
- 2014 Nissan E-NV200: 100km on a full charge
Yes, you can. EV charging cables and charge ports are waterproof.
EVs can be charged in 2 ways:
- Slow charge from any NZ plug point – this will take anywhere from 10 – 12 hours from 20% to 90%+
- Fast charge from any fast charging stations around the country. See www.plugshare.com or download the app for more info.
All our EVs come with charging cables that enables you to charge your EV from home. We highly recommend slow charging your EV if time allows as this would preserve the longevity of the battery.