I agree with the need for charging locations.
Mind you, as far as I can recollect I havent read much along the lines of I want an ev but not sure about the number of chargers at Taupo.
I think poeple get too hung up on the range stats. Probably because of all those tv ads which show cars driving up the side of mountains/accross fords when actually its used to take the kids to hockey practice.
If the distance to more than 400km, I'd probably just fly and get a small car at the destination.
That's really only 200km each way - a trip to parts of the Coromandel will set you back that easy.
Having said that, range will become less of an issue as charging tech evolves and batteries along with it. A 30kwh Leaf would be great if I could get to the skifields and back from Auckland with two charges along the way, or if I could charge it in the same time it takes to fill a car, but unfortunately we don't have either just yet. We're getting close, but we're not quite there yet.
True, though I imagine you are going to Thames for a reason rather than just driving there to turn around.
So you could use the rapid charger in Thames for a top up or one of the three other rapid chargers on the peninsula or if you are staying for a holiday plug it into a wall socket at your bach.
(Ive always been a little cynical about all those car ads going on about driving up the side of mountains or powering through (european) windswept valleys. Peddling the dream vrs the reality that most of us never use cars they way they are advertised to us. Making us feel less depressed with our lives working in concrete boxes with the thought that maybe we could drive up a mountain one day; after shopping, dropping the kids off to practice/school, stuck in gridlock traffic. I have several memories of passing gravel wedged land rover discoveries driven by the fentalton set on river banks while I drove my tiny 2wd suzuki alto while on fishing trips)