Opening the Darfield charger are, from left, Darfield pharmacist Aaron Orangi, Sam Broughton, Simon Wheeler of Charged EV and David Boot

Chargers go west

by Mike Isle

It reads like the old ‘walks into a bar’ joke,  but a car salesman, an electrician and a pharmacist have come together to install Darfield and State Highway 73’s first car charger.

The electric vehicle charger has been installed at Darfield Pharmacy and is the first and as yet only one on SH73.

However, more is to come.

The ‘car salesman’ David Boot, whose company EV City installed the charger in conjunction with Darfield Pharmacy and electric vehicle specialists Charged EV, said the charger was the first of what he hoped would be many intermediate chargers.

“While these destination chargers take longer than dedicated fast chargers, they are intended to provide a short-time charging solution for people in the area until planned fast chargers are installed early next year.”

He said there was currently no chargers along SH73 and this limited electric vehicle uptake and commutes in the area. An electric car can go a similar distance on a $20 to $25 electric charge to a car using $100 worth of petrol.

David Boot said that his company and Charged EV are planning on donating more chargers to go into Castle Hill and Arthur’s Pass, and was working with the Christchurch Electric Vehicle Group to find partners to complete the network between Christchurch and the West Coast.

The Darfield charger was officially opened by Selwyn District Council mayor, Sam Broughton.

Darfield Pharmacy owner, Aaron Orangi, said he was pleased to support the community with a much-needed asset.