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Vector's new EV charger app goes live

MEDIA RELEASE 27 October 2016

VECTOR’S NEW EV CHARGING APP GOES LIVE

The first Electric Vehicle (EV) app to be developed in New Zealand, and available at the Apple Store and Google Play, is now here.

Vector’s Chief Executive Simon Mackenzie says the EV charging app will help allay ‘range anxiety’ by providing real time information that EV drivers can easily access to plan their journey.

Designed to help drivers locate Vector’s charger stations across Auckland, the intention is to expand it so that charging stations across the country can be included. Vector welcomes owners of other charging stations to contact them with the details of their charging stations for inclusion in the app.

Compatible with Apple and android devices, the free app allows drivers to find and get directions to EV chargers, see whether it is a standard or rapid charger and whether it is compatible with the vehicle’s port type.

Mr Mackenzie says the app also provides other essential information such as the live status of Vector’s rapid chargers so that drivers know if they are available or already in use before getting there. Users can also filter to search for charger stations by port type, type of charger and availability.

This development is another initiative that encourages the growing uptake and enthusiasm for electric vehicles and evolved from the interactive charger station map launched by Vector on its webpage earlier this year. It also supports the Government’s initiative to increase the uptake of EVs in New Zealand.

Mr Mackenzie says that knowing whether an EV charging station is in the vicinity will help everyone feel more comfortable travelling longer distances knowing they can charge their vehicles along the way.

“We want to make it as easy as possible so that people choose to drive EVs over traditional fossil fuelled vehicles.”

Vector has 20 EV charger stations on its rapidly expanding network and has plans to install another nine rapid chargers and five standard chargers in the coming months.

To download the EV charging app please go to the Apple Store or Google Play (play.google.com)

ENDS

About Vector

Vector is New Zealand’s leading multi-network infrastructure company which delivers energy and communication services to more than one million homes and businesses across the country. Vector is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange with ticker symbol VCT. Our majority shareholder, with voting rights of 75.4%, is Entrust (formerly Auckland Energy Consumer Trust). For further information, visit www.vector.co.nz

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