Charger technology to increase in NZ
In support of the New Zealand government's plans to transform NZ from fossil-fuel dependent to locally-generated renewable electricity, Chargemaster has partnered with Dutch-based company Heliox and Austrian-based Keba to enable heavy-vehicle charging. Heliox is an established European market leader, with more than 85 per cent of the total electric bus charging market. Keba is a proven AC charging solution for light vehicles, with more than 35,000 chargers sold globally. While NZ is showing leadership in our region with the recent announcement by Tranzit Coachlines of the new electric buses to be rolled out in Wellington mid 2018, the technology is proven in Europe with more than 1,300 electric buses delivered or on order in 25 European cities . And this is just the tip of the iceberg. In China in 2015 there were more than 170,000 electric buses in operation. In Shenzhen City alone there were 4,887 purely electric buses in operation. By the end of 2017, all of the city’s buses will be fully electrified, in accordance with municipal government requirements, reaching a total of 16,493 E-buses. Asia-Pacific is the electric bus manufacturing leader. While the European market is one of the leading regions for electric bus research and development (R&D) – including vehicle technology – the Asia-pacific region is home to some of the biggest producers of both buses and batteries.