New Vector EV Charger Opens at MOTAT

GETTING CHARGED AT MOTAT THIS WEEKEND

Electric Vehicle (EV) enthusiasts can now charge up at MOTAT while they explore transport technology from the past, present and future.

As part of its expanding network of EV chargers, Vector has installed a standard charger at the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT). To celebrate its opening and International Drive Electric Week, the Museum has collaborated with The Better NZ Trust to host the largest gathering of electric vehicles New Zealand has ever seen on Sunday 18 September.

There will be over 70 electric vehicles on-site, including the Tesla Model S, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi Plug-In Hybrid Outlander and many more.

Vector Chief Executive Simon Mackenzie says the event is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the increasing uptake and popularity of EVs as more charging stations become available around Auckland. “We are looking forward to seeing all types of EV models at our newest charging station at MOTAT on Saturday.”

Electric vehicles and hybrid engines are all the buzz of the automotive industry and yet some remain doubtful about the convenience and reliability of these futuristic vehicles. To make it easier for motorists to transition to electric vehicles, Vector has deployed 12 rapid chargers across Auckland along with 9 standard chargers.

“Vector is committed to providing accessible and convenient EV charger infrastructure which will help build confidence for those new to the technology and address any range anxiety,” says Mr Mackenzie.

The group of EV enthusiasts participating in the event at MOTAT will be sharing their personal experience of owning an electric vehicle, the benefits they offer and how the appropriate infrastructure is being created in New Zealand. Whether visitors are interested in zero carbon renewable energy technologies or are avid motoring fans, they are sure to be impressed by the rare sight of a Tesla fleet parked side-by-side.

MOTAT’s General Manager of Museum Experience Malcolm Anderson says that MOTAT recognises the long-term benefits of electric vehicles to both the environment and motorists. “We are very excited to offer EV owners the facility to charge their vehicles right outside the Museum and it’s great to be involved in the drive to raise EV awareness and making it simpler for motorists to switch over.”

The Vector charger opens at MOTAT on Sunday 18 September and is accessible from Stadium Road. The 70+ electric vehicles will be on display at the Museum between 10am and 4pm, general MOTAT admission fees apply.

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For further information, photos, or interview opportunities, please contact:
Vanessa Hefer
MOTAT Communications Advisor
Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)
Phone: (09) 845 3703
Mobile: (021) 340 518

Media contact for Vector:
Philippa White
Acting External Communications Manager
Vector Limited
+64 21 518 459                                                                  

About Vector: (www.vector.co.nz) Vector is New Zealand’s leading multi-network infrastructure company which delivers energy and communication services to more than one million homes and businesses across the country.

Vector is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange with ticker symbol VCT. Our majority shareholder, with voting rights of 75.4%, is Entrust (formerly Auckland Energy Consumer Trust).

Vector’s EV charging programme has been made possible with the support of majority shareholder Entrust, via a fund which has historically been used for undergrounding projects in the Entrust district. This has recently been extended to include new technology such as solar and battery and EV chargers. More EV charger installations at key locations are planned this year.