28 Jun 18: Wel Races Ahead With Sustainable Technology at Hampton Downs

WEL Networks has taken its tally of electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers in the Waikato to six, with the latest going live at Hampton Downs this week.

The new EV fast charger is the first of its kind at the popular motorsport complex and is located in the Gate 1 carpark.

EVs are vehicles powered by battery, rather than petrol or diesel, making them environmentally friendly, quiet and cheap to run.

Hampton Downs Track Manager, Elton Goonan, says it was an easy decision to partner with WEL Networks to install the charger.

“There’s an increasing focus on making better and greener choices available to New Zealand drivers and we felt that as a venue we needed to be part of that movement…providing that service to not only our track customers and manufacturers, but also to passing traffic.”

Mr Goonan says the response to news of the charger has been overwhelmingly positive.

“There has been a great level of interest from our manufacture-based clients who increasingly want to show off the latest technology in their products. It will not only allow them to demonstrate the EV technology in the normal context of road driving, but also show off the performance levels of the technology by making use of the tracks here at Hampton Downs.”

Mr Goonan predicts that interest in electric vehicles will continue to rise as awareness grows through high-profile international events such as Formula E.

Paul Blue, WEL Networks General Manager Asset Management, agrees that the popularity of electric vehicles is on the rise and is excited for the exposure that the charger will receive at Hampton Downs.

“Hampton Downs is a thriving spot within the Waikato and we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to promote EVs within the complex. We believe we’ll be able to tap into a captive audience who will be interested in and benefit from this technology.

“It’s also conveniently located for the increasing number of EV travellers between Hamilton and Auckland.”

WEL Networks has previously installed fast chargers at Maui Street, Caro Street and Waikato Innovation Park in Hamilton, as well as on Wayside Road in Te Kauwhata and Bow Street in Raglan.

The chargers are free to use and are mapped on Plug Share, a free downloadable app for the national electric charging network. They are compatible with any electric vehicle and are quick to use - enabling people to charge their EVs from low to 80 per cent battery capacity in around 20 minutes.

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