Kerikeri Retirement Village, Mitre 10 Kerikeri and ChargeNet have joined forces to open a new electric vehicle (EV) charge facility in the car-park outside Mitre 10 in the Waipapa shopping centre. Funding for the EV charging station came through the EECA Low Emission Vehicles Fund. Through the fund the Village now operates a fleet of four EVs which residents can use in a car sharing service instead of having to own their own vehicles.
“There are already a good number of EVs gliding around the mid-North and we’re delighted to have been able to play a role in developing further the charging infrastructure for owners,” said Ben Leduc of Mitre 10 Kerikeri.
“We think it’s important to help smooth the way for EVs into mainstream use,” said Kerikeri Retirement Village chief executive Hilary Sumpter. “We see this charger benefitting the Kerikeri community by filling gaps in the charging network and it’s been great to be able to have a joint project with several different organisations coming together to make this possible.”