Waitomo and WEL launch EV partnership

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Working in partnership, two Waikato businesses have installed the first rapid electric vehicle (EV) charger on a Waitomo Fuel Stop.

EV users can now charge their cars at Waitomo’s Mystery Creek Fuel Stop, on the corner of Airport and Ohaupo Roads.

Installation of the rapid charger has been partly funded through an Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) grant to grow WEL Network’s electric vehicle network.

Waitomo managing director Jimmy Ormsby said it makes sense that two Waikato businesses support each other.

“While some might see EV vehicles as competition to our fuel business, we simply see it as complementary. Often EV drivers have a second car for longer distance journeys. We’re all about offering Kiwis competition and choice, and by installing an EV charger, we can make Waitomo a one-stop Fuel Stop for all their needs.

“WEL’s a great Waikato business that’s passionate about supporting communities in the Waikato region like Waitomo, so if we can support them with their EV strategy, we’re stoked to be able to do that.”

WEL’s network of more than 20 EV chargers stretches across Waikato, including Maui Street, Caro Street and Waikato Innovation Park in Hamilton, and Hampton Downs, Te Kauwhata and Raglan.

Customers at the new stop will be able to charge their EVs for free from low to 80 percent battery capacity in around 20 minutes.

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