MG expands subsidized charger offering to New Zealand

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MG Motor has expanded its offer of heavily subsidized electric vehicle chargers to accommodation providers in New Zealand.

Damien O’Carroll / Stuff

MG Motor has expanded its offer of heavily subsidized electric vehicle chargers to accommodation providers in New Zealand.

MG Motor has opened up its offer of heavily subsidized EV chargers to accommodation providers in New Zealand, with the ultimate aim of boosting both EV adoption and tourism in the country.

After successfully launching the program in Australia, the company is expanding it to hotels and resorts here by offering a 7kW single-phase or 11kW three-phase charger for a one-time administration fee of just $115. The 7kW chargers typically cost $2,090, while the 11kW three-phase unit costs $2,290, and MG says any electric vehicle with a Type 2 port will be able to use them.

The company says the initiative is making up to 3,000 chargers available to 1,000 hotels and resorts across New Zealand and Australia, and with 100 requests from hotels across Australia currently in under review, it looks like there’s still a lot left for accommodation in New Zealand. vendors to enter.

Although MG branded, the chargers can be used by any electric vehicle with the common type 2 socket.

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Although MG branded, the chargers can be used by any electric vehicle with the common type 2 socket.

MG expects adoption to reach at least 300 in Australia by the end of this year and, given the much faster uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand, it would seem likely that adoption of the supply of chargers will also be greater.

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“MG strongly believes that a customer should be able to get to the same place in an electric vehicle as in a petrol-powered car,” said Peter Ciao, CEO of MG Motor Australia and New Zealand.

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“Our goal is to reduce range anxiety for electric vehicle owners on long journeys, reduce vehicle emissions and increase greener modes of travel.

“The hotel subsidy program is MG’s way of helping make electric vehicles normal.”

MG Motor New Zealand says accommodation providers can apply via the eligibility form at www.mgelectric.co.nz.

The program’s offering in New Zealand follows another push by MG Motor’s parent company SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation) into the New Zealand market in November last year with the introduction of pricing “in the car” across its lineup, as well as extending its standard warranty on all new cars to seven years/unlimited kilometres, the best in the industry, as well as seven years of roadside assistance and a warrant of aptitude.

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