Save with our Energy EV plan
Beat the rising prices at the pump with our Energy EV plan. Between 9pm and 7am, you can charge your EV, crank up the heat pump, and run the gaming console - all at a 50% reduced rate*. We want to reward you for being a future thinker.
Energy EV benefits
There's a lot to enjoy on Energy EV as you help New Zealand achieve a low-carbon future.
- 50% off your household electricity rates 9pm - 7am*
- beat petrol prices - charge up for the equivalent of 41c per litre**
- price certainty with our 12 month term*
- innovative and exclusive EV tools in Energy IQ
- save an extra 5% when you add bottled or piped gas
- no more payments at the pump
Am I eligible?
You need to own a plug-in electric car and have a communicating smart meter. If you don’t have the right meter, we’ll be in touch to arrange one at no cost to you.
There are a few things you can do to make the most of your Energy EV discount.
- Stack the dishwasher and delay its start for after 9pm
- Catch up on the washing and tumble drying after 9pm
- Run your heat pump timer for 6am-7am for warm mornings
- Use connected lights and appliances on timers
- Have showers between 9pm and 7am
Want more energy saving tips?
All our customers get access to Energy IQ (web and app) which includes more great energy savings tips, updated each season.
Considering an EV?
With transport making up 40% of New Zealand's carbon emissions, the electrification of transport is 1 way we can move to a lower-carbon future. We've already moved 80% of our fleet to electric vehicles and will keep growing that number.
Will you join us?
More about EVs
Learn about EV batteries and what to look for when buying a second-hand EV with our Climate Change Hub articles.
EVs can now go further than ever, and a nationwide charging network means you can top up on the way - wherever you're going.
With the Government's Clean Car Discounts you could get up to $7,500 back on the cost of your EV.
Gen Less has created a handy tool to calculate the upfront cost, and running costs of an electric car.
EVs for sale
See what's available on Trade Me. Compare makes and models, and see how the costs stack up.
* Night rates on the Energy EV plan apply between the hours of 9pm – 7am, 7 days a week and only to the Genesis variable rates portion of your plan. The Energy EV plan night rates are 50% lower than the day rates. Night rates do not apply to the daily fixed portion of your plan or to any appliances under a controlled meter configuration. For full pricing information complete the application form and we will be in touch with you to confirm the details for your meter and network. Available on participating networks across New Zealand. You’ll be on board for free Power Shout Hours. Your energy prices are fixed for 12 months. If you cancel your plan or your plan is otherwise terminated before your 12-month term ends, you may be charged an early termination fee of $150. Read the full terms.
** This cost is based on calculations provided by EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority).
That depends on the time of day and how much charge you need. However, generally speaking, if you drive an average of 25-30km a day, the cost of charging an EV is about the same as paying 30c per litre for petrol. You can charge your EV overnight for about $3.00 per 100km, depending on the model and your electricity plan. A fast charge can cost up to $10 for 100km and takes about 20 minutes.
No need to charge to 100% consistently, unless you need to rely on the entire driving range of the vehicle. Staying between 20% and 80% battery capacity will leave you with plenty of driving miles and be gentle on the battery.
Once the systems in a typical EV detect that the battery is nearing a full charge, they should automatically slow down the charging process. The vehicle will use a technique called “trickle charging” to intelligently maintain a full charge in the battery without overdoing it. Onboard systems then dynamically monitor and allocate the charge as it’s needed.
The time it takes to charge varies greatly and is dependent upon the size of the battery and the speed of the charging. A typical electric car (60kWh battery) takes just under 8 hours to charge from empty to full with a 7kW charging point.
Not all electric cars are compatible with fast charging. The Li-ion batteries used in old electric cars are not designed for fast charging, they have limited capacity, and their Battery Management System (BMS) is not programmed to manage fast charging. Fast charging is okay when the battery remains within 30-80% range, and the battery temperature remains between 0-30°C. It helps to have at least 24 hours between every fast charge.
’Smart’ charging is where your EV charger has built in communication capability and is able to vary charging based on external signals. Smart charging allows you to increase or decrease your charging level and is often tied to the availability lower cost, off peak electricity.
EViQ is the EV section within our app, Energy IQ. It’s where you’ll be able to monitor your usage, see how many kWh you are using overnight while your EV is on charge and includes some great EV specific tips and forecast features. It may take a few days after you’re all signed up for it to be fully up and running.
Each configuration has its own rate, and this rate can change from network to network. You may find that your Energy EV day rates are slightly more than your current rates when you move to a day and night plan, but you will find your Energy EV night rates are at least 50% lower than the Energy EV day rates and your current rates.
No problem - you can take your Energy EV plan to the new property; however, we will need to check the eligibility of your new address. You will be charged the Energy EV interim rates at the new property until your new property has been set up for Energy EV, which includes reconfiguring the meter at the new property to day/night rates required for the Energy EV plan.
Unfortunately, we are unable to place you on the plan until you have the EV and it is road registered, once this has happened let us know via our sign-up form and we can look to set you up on the EV plan.