The new lower power chargers will provide a “top up” of 20-40 kilometres from a 30-minute charge, depending on the car, and all chargers will be free for use.
Spark says the chargers will be installed and up and running in a few months’ time.
The deal sees each organisation funding 50% of the installation costs, while Spark covers the operational costs and Wellington City Council takes responsibility for the maintenance of the carparks.
Ed Hyde, Spark Ventures chief executive, said he was pleased that the Spark Plug network was expanding into the urban areas of a major New Zealand city.
“We’re pleased that the Spark Plug network is expanding and more people can now benefit from more available EV charging infrastructure. Overseas examples show us that it’s important to get a good mix of fast and low-power chargers to provide a range of options.
“We love that we’re able to innovatively repurpose some of our phone boxes, infrastructure considered by many to be a bit antiquated, into something that can help stimulate EV adoption and be useful to people every single day.”
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said, “I am so pleased to support Spark’s solution for delivering electric vehicle charging to help enhance Wellington’s electric vehicle uptake. We were always going to have to be more innovative in Wellington given we have such a compact city with less access to off street parking, and turning our phone boxes into chargers just makes sense.”
Spark says the final locations for the new plugs will be confirmed over the next couple of weeks, and installation will begin shortly afterwards.
They will also be listed on Plugshare – a crowdsourcing app that plots charging stations all over the world.