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More rapid electric vehicle chargers switched on in Auckland

Vector has launched two more rapid electric vehicle chargers in Auckland today, with the transport and energy minister describing EVs as "the future for New Zealand".

The two chargers, which can each replenish EV batteries in 15 to 30 minutes, were unveiled at Vector's Newmarket substation.

It follows the opening of two chargers at the Hobson St substation in November last year.

And while minister Simon Bridges said the Government is "looking at a package" to encourage the uptake of EVs, he "couldn’t go into the details" of it.

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There are currently around 1000 EVs in New Zealand.

Mark Yates, managing director of EV charger company JuicePoint, says the Government isn't doing enough.

"If you look at places like Norway, they've got huge incentives [to drive EVs]," Mr Yates said.

"The ability to drive in bus lanes, multi-person lanes, free parking, free charging, tax breaks on bringing cars into the country."

Mr Yates said he saves around $2000 a year on fuel costs with his Nissan Leaf, but admits the capital cost is relatively high. A Nissan Leaf costs $70,000 new.

At the charger launch, Mr Bridges vowed to trade in his current car, a Hyundai Santa Fe, for an EV in the next couple of months.

"I'm still working through which one it will be. I can tell you now with confidence it won't be the [BMW] i8 because that is literally, to the thousand, the salary of a Cabinet minister."

The i8 costs $278,000.

More rapid charges have been launched in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS