Charging your EV: Public and Home Charging
Electric vehicles have quickly gained popularity in recent years, highlighting the need for convenient and accessible charging solutions. Fortunately, the process of charging an EV has been made more accessible in recent years with the growing infrastructure of public charging stations throughout New Zealand.
In our previous blog ‘Your Škoda Charging Guide’ we went over the difference between AC and DC charging, charging times, and cost of charging. In this blog we’ll discuss the charging infrastructures including public charging stations and at home charging. Škoda New Zealand has provided short clips on public and home charging, watch them below.
One of the main benefits of public charging stations is the convenience they offer for EV owners who need to travel long distances. While charging at home is convenient, it may not always provide the necessary range for longer trips. Public charging stations offer an accessible solution, allowing drivers to charge their vehicles while on the go. These charging stations are located in a range of locations, including town cities, rest stops, and public parking areas.
Another advantage of public charging stations is that they offer a variety of charging options to accommodate different types of electric vehicles. For instance, there are both AC and DC charging options, and the charging time and cost will vary based on the type of charger. Most public charging stations offer AC charging, which can take anywhere from a few hours to overnight to charge fully. On the other hand, DC fast charging stations are capable of charging an electric vehicle to 80% in as little as 20-30 minutes*. However, DC charging may be more expensive compared to AC charging.
Watch: Škoda New Zealand video on public charging
While public charging stations provide a practical solution for long-distance travel, many EV owners prefer to charge their vehicles at home. Charging at home can be more cost-effective, convenient, and reliable since the vehicle can be charged overnight or during off-peak hours. Home charging can be done through a standard household outlet, although the process can be much faster and more efficient with a dedicated wall box charger installed at home.
Watch: Škoda New Zealand video on home charging
Introducing Evnex: Our Approved EV Home Charging Partner
We’re pleased to announce Škoda’s approved home charging partner in New Zealand, Evnex, a Christchurch-based New Zealand Company. If you’d like to order an Evnex EV home charger for your Škoda, or if you have any questions about charging your Škoda, get in touch with our team today.
For your information
Electric vehicle/mode ranges are shown using WLTP (real world driving test). This variable is based on driving conditions, style, situation and terrain. The average New Zealander drives approx. 40 km per day.
International models might be shown for illustrative purposes only, and New Zealand specifications may vary.
*It’s important to note that charging times may vary and are also dependent on factors such as the charging equipment used, battery, and car conditions.