EV Charging Times

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EV Charging Times

DC Rapid Charging

Fastest of the three charging types, DC chargers send current directly into the drive battery, bypassing the cars on-board charger.

DC Charging times

A 50kw DC charger provides approx. 300km range per hour. Charging times vary on the ambient temperature, the state of the battery (e.g. empty or half full) and variation in charging rate.

  • BMW i3: 30mins to 80%
  • Hyundai IONIQ: 30mins to 80%
  • Hyundai Kona: 75mins to 80%


AC Charging

AC Charging uses the on-board charger of an EV. Chargers at Zilch hubs are AC units.

AC Charging times

A 22kw AC charger provides approx. 80km range per hour

  • BMW i3: 3hrs to 80%
  • Hyundai IONIQ: 4hrs to 80%
  • Hyundai Kona: 8hrs to 80%


Home Charging

You can plug electric cars into regular 3-pin home powerpoints, for a trickle charge via 240v. 

Home charging time

A 240v AC charger provides approx. 12km range per hour.

Charging times vary per car, and per power supply.

Charging locations

Car sharing BMW i3

Charging locations

Thanks to an ever growing network of public charging stations around the country, and the ability to plug into regular home power points, EV journeys are possible to almost anywhere in New Zealand. 

Public Charging stations

The interactive map below from PlugShare shows public charging stations around New Zealand where you can charge up your Zilch car while you’re out and about. Download the Plugshare App to plan your journey out of town, and view charging units while you’re on the road. 

Rapid Chargers (DC)

Pay to use DC Chargers are available around New Zealand thanks to ChargeNet. Free DC Fast Chargers are also available in certain locations. If you’re heading out of town, sign-up for a ChargeNet account before you leave.

FAST Chargers (AC)

Usually free, AC Chargers often require bringing your own charging cable. Make sure there’s one in the boot before you head away.

Public charging ettiquette

Keeping mindful of other charging station users
  • Charging, not parking – Always observe posted time limits and move your car once charged or once the time limit has been reached.
  • Don’t unplug other cars – Unless they have finished charging or you have permission.
  • Check-in when you check-out – If you’re leaving your car, check-in on plugshare so others can get in touch, if needed.
  • Report faults – If a charger is not working, report faults to the company supplying the charge and on Plugshare.
  • Keep it neat & tidy – Don’t leave litter at charging stations. Stow cables neatly when you’re done.
  • First come, first served – If a charging station is busy, wait your turn. Observe if anyone else is already waiting.

Charging at home

If you’re taking a Zilch car home overnight, you can charge up at home using the same basic house-plug you charge your mobile phone or laptop with.

Zilch cars come equipped with a home charging cable in the boot.

Charging Zilch cars at home is not ideal if you’re in a hurry to get a boost – approximately 12kms of range is added to the battery per hour – making home charging good for overnight top-ups.

Charging at Zilch hubs

During your booking, you can charge at Zilch hubs with Zilch AC charging units.

There is no cost for charging Zilch cars at Zilch hubs as part of your booking.