INVERCARGILL has the first Warehouse store in the country where EV owners can charge their vehicles.
The Warehouse general manager for the environment Greg Nelson said, for now, the service was free.
The Warehouse plans to install 21 EV charging stations at stores nationwide and to have 30% of its vehicle fleet as EVs by the end of 2019.
The stations, capable of charging two vehicles at a time, will be set up at designated parking spaces. Customers using the service provide their own cable which plugs into the charger and links to the vehicle.
Mr Nelson said the initiative was jointly funded by the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund and The Warehouse.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority chief executive Andrew Caseley said the project would make EV charging infrastructure more visible and give confidence to those thinking of buying an EV.