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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency believes it is important that electric vehicle drivers feel confident to roam across New Zealand’s state highways.

In April 2017, we set a vision for:

  • Nationwide coverage of fast/ rapid DC charging stations every 75 kms across our state highways

Progress towards these targets

Waka Kotahi has established a baseline of existing infrastructure and will actively manage progress towards the targets set down in our vision.

The following maps are a view of the current state of the nationwide network:

If you know of public charging infrastructure, not included in our maps, that meets the requirements above, and services our national, regional and arterial state highways, contact

Minimum requirements for the nationwide network

  • It must be safe:
    • Minimum Mode 3 or Mode 4 charger
    • Designed and intended for use by the general public
    • On street chargers endorsed by the road controlling authority
  • It must be reliable:
    • Monitored in real time for reliability by the charging operator
    • The general public have 24/7 access to rapid charging stations
  • It must be interoperable:
    • DC – Must have Chademo & CCS Type 2 connectors
    • AC – Must be Type 2 socketed chargers
    • Universal payment system

To ensure nationwide visibility, all charging stations should be logged with Waka Kotahi. Automated integration with EVRoam is recommended. If you are a new charging operator, contact

Taking a journey focus

Waka Kotahi strongly encourages investors to work together to achieve connected journeys along national, regional and arterial roads.

Setting charging infrastructure priorities

The One Network Road Classification (ONRC) system can be used as a tool to identify priority journeys, so that the roads that deliver the greatest benefits are addressed first.

One Network Road Classification

This system takes into account the quantity of people and goods that move along the road and has been jointly developed by road controlling authorities. It is a prioritisation system that also considers the social and economic value of a road.

If you would like to discuss this further, contact