Electric vehicles

We have installed 28 electric vehicle chargers across 14 residential street locations to help people switch to electric vehicles where they cannot charge at home.

Road transport contributes 38% to Wellington’s CO2 emissions. To achieve a zero carbon capital by 2050, all vehicles introduced into Wellington from 2030 would need to be fully battery electric. In 2019 about 2% of car registrations are electric.

Around one in four Wellington residents cannot charge electric cars at home. As part of a trial, we’re installing chargers so those who have expressed an interest in going electric will be able to charge it. This complements charging stations we have already installed in the CBD.

The truth about electric vehicles

Cheap to run

Electric cars cost the equivalent of 30c/litre when charged at home overnight, so save you money as you drive them. Because they have few moving parts, maintenance costs are low. 

A used electric vehicle costs under $10,000 for a short range (100km per charge) to $70,000+ for new electric cars that can drive over 400km.

Reduce emissions

Electric vehicles emit 80% less CO2 than an equivalent petrol vehicle driven in New Zealand because 80% of New Zealand electricity comes from renewable sources, such as wind, hydro or geothermal.

Battery EVs emit 60% fewer climate change emissions over their full life cycle than petrol vehicles, even when you take into account raw material extraction, battery manufacture, vehicle manufacture and shipping.

Emission reductions are expected to become even better over time, because our electricity grid will become even cleaner over the coming decade.

Distance travel

You can charge up at home overnight. One hour of charging (a lunch break) could add 250km of travel.

Long distance vehicles could travel from Wellington to Rotorua with one charging stop. Short range vehicles can travel around 100km on one charge.

Public charging stations are available nationwide. Visit www.plugshare.com to find a map of these stations.

High performance

Electric vehicles have snappy acceleration, which makes them a joy to drive.

Electric vehicle batteries are designed to last many years. Depending on use, cars can usually go several days without needing to be charged.

Learn more at the Government's Electric Vehicles Guide
Learn more about different types of electric vehicle

What Wellington City Council is doing

  • Raising awareness – educating and encouraging people to go electric (see zerocarboncapital.nz)
  • Installing CBD chargers – partnering with Chargenet and EECA to make fast and medium chargers available in the CBD
  • Installing residential chargers – medium speed electric vehicle chargers in streets where houses are unable to charge up on their own property. 28 chargers in 14 locations were installed late 2019 and early 2020.  We are not currently installing further chargers; we are first measuring and learning how the initial stations are being used. If you’d like a charger on your street register your interest by completing the attached form and emailing it to electricvehicles@wcc.govt.nz and we will be in touch in the medium-term
  • Converting our Council car fleet to electric – we’re leading by example and phasing our own fleet to electric
  • Advocating to central government – to introduce financial measures and regulations that increase electric vehicle uptake.

EV charging locations

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