EVRoam provides safe, reliable information for electric vehicle charging

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 20, 2018

EVRoam, a real-time database of public charging infrastructure launched by Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today, provides one view of a safe, reliable and interoperable public charging network for electric vehicles in New Zealand.

Harry Wilson, the NZ Transport Agency‘s director safety and environment, says EVRoam was created to provide reliable information about safe and reliable public charging locations around New Zealand.

“This makes it easy for electric vehicles drivers to plan their journeys, and gives people more choice,” Wilson says.

EVRoam collects data directly from all of New Zealand‘s electric vehicle charging infrastructure providers, such as ChargeNet and Vector, and freely distributes it to a wide range of existing websites, apps and maps, such as the NZTA‘s website, the NZ Automobile Association website and TomTom.

“Charging infrastructure is no longer isolated in single purpose apps, but is now widely available for third parties to use as a ‘single source of truth‘ for New Zealand public charging infrastructure. This has been made possible by a collaborative effort across energy and automotive partners,” Wilson says.

“In this respect, it is a world first, helping New Zealand transition towards a low emission transport future. This collaboration is a credit to our energy industry, already world renowned for its over 80 percent renewable profile.”

Through a shared vision for a low carbon future for New Zealand, Wilson says we have achieved what other countries are needing to regulate – one view of a safe, reliable and interoperable public charging network.

“From a Transport Agency perspective, understanding where we have charging infrastructure helps us identify potential gaps, so we can continue to work together to ensure the transport system, and technology, responds to the needs of EV customers all over the country.”

For more information, visit www.nzta.govt.nz/evroam