And.. wait for it, hot off the press here is the Govt EV announcement..... and .... it ...is .....
a back end database....
Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today launched EVRoam, a new initiative providing electric car drivers with real-time information about where they can find reliable charging stations right around the country.EVRoam is a live database, collated by the NZ Transport Agency from real-time data fed directly from charging station operators such as Chargenet and Vector. EVRoam then shares this information out as widely as possible, to dozens of other websites and apps, so that drivers can receive reliable data on charging stations through all channels.
“This is about giving people the practical tools to confidently drive an electric car right around the country and know they have the power to go the distance,” said Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter.
“EVRoam lets drivers know if a charging station is active and able to be used, which means they can confidently plan their journeys.
So, you're on the road. Things are running late, as they are wont to do from time to time. You get on your phone on the new database and - joy of great joys - you find two charging points in the village you are about to head through, the only one you can reach on what is left in your EV.
Jubilant, you arrive. To find two vehicles plugged in and 3 more queuing for the points after they have finished. You're going to be late for that meeting with the new client...possibly even a whole business day late!
Your competitor arrives at the office of the new client in his ICEV, having waved at you as you sit aimlessly in the queue waiting hours to get a charge. He bags the account.
It seems to me that the EV scenario still has too many potential downsides for use outside an urban only scenario. The only answer - unless someone invents a way of charging a 500km capable battery in 5 minutes - is surely cartridge batteries, where you pull in and the empty battery is slid out, a charged one slid in and off you go.