Coromandel EV Scenic Touring Route

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The Coromandel EV Scenic Touring Route is a network of fast charging stations at key points around the Coromandel on State Highway 25 that puts most of the peninsula within range of electric vehicles.

The chargers have been installed thanks to the collaboration of Thames-Coromandel District Council, Charge Net NZ, Powerco, and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.

EV fast-charger stations

Thames: Library carpark, 503 Mackay St
Tairua: 6 Tokoroa Rd
Whitianga: 2 Lee St
Coromandel Town: 44 Woollams Ave
Whangamata: Corner of Hetherington Rd and Port Rd, by the police station. Due to go live mid-December

The Thames charger went live in September 2016 and the Tairua charger was installed and ready for use in May 2017. Whitianga's and Coromandel Town's went live in November 2017.

Charge Net NZ is building a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations across New Zealand.

The Thames charger was the first to be installed, in September 2016. This one was a joint between our Council, Powerco and Charge Net NZ.

Funding from the Government's Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, provided $175,000 to the four chargers in Tairua, Whitianga, Coromandel Town and Whangamata - half the cost. Powerco, Charge Net NZ and our Council provided the other 50%.

The user-pays fast DC charger units provide an 80% charge in 10 to 25 minutes and can be accessed via an RFID card (a card with a chip, like a pay-wave credit card), which drivers tap against the charging unit to activate, or via a smart phone app.

To sign up to the system, go to the Charge Net NZ website.

With fast chargers already in Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, and more planned for elsewhere in the Waikato, the Coromandel is well within range of much of the EV-driving population of New Zealand.

(Click on the map below to open a printable PDF version.)