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The Kāpiti Horowhenua Electric Roads Project

The Kāpiti Coast will soon be home to five new electric vehicle charging stations with thanks to a successful funding bid to the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA).

The Kāpiti Horowhenua Electric Roads project is a trans-regional partnership between the Kāpiti Coast District Council, Horowhenua District Council, Electra Ltd, and ChargeNet NZ.

Nine fast-charging stations will be installed in five strategic towns throughout Kāpiti and Horowhenua, including two in Paraparaumu and one each in Paekākāriki, Raumati Beach, and Waikanae Beach.

Have your say on potential locations for Paekākāriki and Waikanae.

This is a significant step to support sustainable, low-carbon transport options, aligning with the government goal to reach a target of having 64,000 electric vehicles on New Zealand roads by 2021. A strengthened recharging network will help make switching from petrol to electric more accessible to residents and businesses in Kāpiti and the Lower North Island, enabling higher electric vehicle capacity on the roads, with reduced queues and wait times for the chargers available.

It is also great news for local businesses who should see more custom of EV drivers and travellers who have stopped at EV chargers strategically placed in our Kāpiti village centres.

Electric vehicle benefits

Converting to an Electric Vehicle has numerous benefits for vehicle owners and our environment.

  • Electric Vehicles use a large electric battery powering an electric motor, they do not take any petrol and produce no exhaust so are far kinder to the environment.  Particularly in New Zealand as 80% of our electricity supply comes from renewable sources.

  • Travelling by electricity is cheaper than petrol, EECA calculates the cost as equivalent to 30 cents a litre, about 7 times cheaper than petrol. This can save EV drivers few thousand dollars a year, quickly paying off the higher car purchase price.

  • Fewer moving parts means electric cars have less maintenance cost.

The electric vehicle fast charger


The 50kW DC Fast Tritium Veefil EV charger is considered the most efficient and the best value for money charger on the market, offering conveniently short charging times. A Nissan Leaf will charge it’s battery to 80% in 20-40mins (the charging capacity varies according to the make and model of car).


Locations

Well-positioned chargers make a difference to both drivers and local businesses. Council is working with Electra and Community Boards to determine the best sites for the chargers, to benefit both local businesses, drivers and the wider community. The sites need to have an adequate power source, be accessible, visible, safe and ideally within walking distance to town centres and amenities. Once installed the drivers can view the locations and check if the charger is available or in use at www.plugshare.com

Paraparaumu: two chargers will be installed in the Pak n Save car park.

Raumati: a charger will be installed at the Raumati Beach car park on Raumati Road.

Paekākāriki: a charger is designated for Paekākāriki. The Paekākāriki Community Board are considering three potential locations, you can find out more and have your say here.

Waikanae: a charger is designated for Waikanae. The Waikanae Community Board are considering two locations. You can find out more and have your say here.

 

Project costs

Kāpiti Coast District Council has contributed $40,000 (7.5%) of the total $535,000 project cost.

 

Organisation

Contribution 

Electra 

$80,000

Kāpiti Coast District Council

$40,000

Horowhenua District Council

$40,000

ChargeNet  NZ

$130,000

EECA Co-funding:

$245,000

TOTAL

$535,000