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How to Choose the Right Electric Vehicle Charger in Aotearoa

If you've recently joined the ever-growing group of Kiwis opting for an electric vehicle (EV), or you’re contemplating the switch, then a hearty congratulations is in order. Driving an EV is not only kinder on our beautiful Aotearoa environment, but it also makes for a unique and smooth driving experience. But, with the joy of going electric comes the inevitable task of figuring out how to charge your new ride.

Choosing the right EV charger isn’t just about picking the first one you see, but understanding your vehicle, your usage patterns, and where you’ll be doing most of your charging. So, let's dive into some tips to guide your decision.


Understand Charger Levels

In New Zealand, as in many parts of the world, there are three main levels of EV chargers:

  • Level 1 (Standard): These chargers use a regular 3-pin NZ plug and are the slowest of the bunch. They’re great for overnight charging and can be plugged into a standard household outlet.

  • Level 2 (Intermediate): Faster than Level 1, these chargers need a dedicated 240V circuit, similar to an oven or clothes dryer. They’re the most common for home installations.

  • Level 3 (Fast Chargers): Also known as DC fast chargers, these are your rapid charging stations, often found on motorways or in public areas. They can charge most EVs to about 80% in less than an hour.

Consider Your Daily Driving Distance

  • Short commutes: If your daily commute is short, even a Level 1 charger could suffice. Charging overnight would ensure you start each day with a full battery.

  • Longer commutes or frequent driving: A Level 2 charger at home can be beneficial. It will recharge your vehicle faster, ensuring it's ready whenever you need it.


Think About Installation Location

The best place for installing a charger is in a garage or carport. Ensure there's easy access to the charging port on your EV. If you're renting, chat with your landlord about installation permissions and potential support.

Check Compatibility

Not all chargers are universal. While many modern EVs use the Type 2 (or Mennekes) connector, some older models or imported vehicles might require different plugs. Make sure to double-check compatibility.

Budget Matters

The cost of chargers varies, with Level 3 being the priciest. While a faster charger sounds tempting, balance the costs with your actual needs. Grants or incentives may be available, so check local council or government programmes.


Think Future-Proof

Consider what your needs might be in a few years. If you plan to get a second EV or move houses, a scalable or more versatile charger might be beneficial.

Safety First

Always choose a charger with safety certifications recognised in New Zealand. Proper installation by a certified electrician is crucial, too.

Wrapping Up

Just as picking the right EV required some research, so does choosing the appropriate charger. Think about your daily routines, consider future needs, and always prioritise safety. The journey to sustainable motoring in Aotearoa is exciting, and having the right charger is a big step in that green direction. Safe travels and happy charging!

Looking for an Electric Vehicle Charger?

Here at Green EV NZ, we offer expert advice and guidance when it comes to EV chargers for both homes and businesses. We have a range of high quality products to help you make the most of your electric vehicle and we even offer free installation done by a certified electrician with every purchase.


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