Meridian have partnered with Mevo, New Zealand’s first electric-hybrid car share service.
Photo: Luke Calder Photography
Neal Barclay, General Manager Retail for Meridian says Meridian’s role in the electric car market is all about demonstrating the benefits of going electric and supporting drivers with great rates and infrastructure.
“Partnering with like-minded organisations like Mevo makes absolute sense as a means to getting more people into electric and electric-hybrid vehicles - car sharing gives more people a chance to give these vehicles a try,” says Neal.
“With over 80% of the electricity generated in New Zealand coming from wind and water, encouraging the use of these types of vehicles can only help reduce emissions as the electric-hybrid and electric car market grows.”
Mevo connects their members to vehicles located on-street in the city which they can use as they need them; the fleet is owned and maintained by Mevo.
Mevo founder and CEO Erik Zydervelt is thrilled to be launching their service and partnering with other like-minded organisations.
“We are putting our customers behind the latest and safest in plug-in hybrid car technology with the use of Audi A3 Sportback e-tron®.”
Mevo is currently available in three locations within Wellington City, however the company has plans to expand its Wellington offering further, as well as branching out to Auckland.
EV solutions nationwide
Earlier this year, Meridian partnered with Kiwi Property and launched free electric car charging stations at Kiwi Property’s Sylvia Park and LynnMall Shopping Centres in Auckland, The Plaza in Palmerston North and Northlands in Christchurch.
Meridian also has a special Rest Easy EV plan, giving EV owners a lower rate for their electricity at night (between 9pm to 7am) to charge their electric vehicles. The night rates are from as low as the equivalent of 20 cents per litre**.
“We want to make sure we grow awareness of electric cars and the role they will play in creating a better energy future for New Zealand. Charging infrastructure, car sharing services and drawing drivers’ attention to the benefits of harnessing renewable fuel is a great way to help drive public awareness and uptake of electric-hybrid and electric cars,” says Neal.
To find out more about Meridian Energy’s Rest Easy Plan or their partnership with Mevo - visit https://www.meridianenergy.co.nz/your-home/tips-guides/electric-cars-vehicles
*Wellington customers will pay the equivalent cents per litre of 20c, Christchurch 24c and Auckland 30c, which is due to higher network night charges. This is based on 100% charging of the EV on the Rest Easy EV standard night rate and taking off 15% for prompt payment discount. It compares the fuel efficiency of a 2013 Nissan Leaf (electric car) with a 2013 Toyota Corolla (petrol powered).
The electric car charging stations have a type 1 plug which is currently used by Leaf, Outlanders, BMW and Audi, and typically take 3.5-7 hrs (depending on the charge rate acceptable to the car and the size of the battery in the car) to charge electric cars.
The initial Mevo launch is made up of three Audi A3 Sportback e-trons, with an ambitious expansion plan for the next twelve months around Wellington and Auckland.