Coromandel opens scenic touring loop for electric vehicles

The Coromandel has recently celebrated the opening of a scenic touring loop for electric vehicles

The loop consists of five fast charge stations that link up almost the entire district. The fast charge kiosks can charge an electric vehicle in about 20 minutes, and have been installed at Thames, Tairua, Whitianga, Coromandel Town and Whangamata.

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The network of fast chargers has been installed thanks to collaboration between local council, Powerco, ChargeNet NZ and the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (ECCA).

Powerco chief executive, Nigel Barbour, says that with the Coromandel being a popular holiday destination for both New Zealanders and overseas visitors, the loop will provide an important network.

"EVs are undoubtedly the future of domestic transport in New Zealand. They are cheaper, cleaner and quieter to run," he says.

"We also know that the people who live in the Coromandel are passionate about preserving its natural beauty. We hope the loop will give locals and visitors alike the confidence to travel around the region by EV, helping safeguard the environment for generations to come."

ChargeNet NZ CEO Steve West says the Coromandel loop will open up the region to entry level electric vehicle travel for a greater population.

"The growing enthusiasm for electric vehicles will be helped along as iconic Kiwi summer road trips such as the Coromandel EV Scenic Touring Route open up to stress-free travel, even for entry-level electric vehicles."

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