The Publicly Available Specification (PAS) for electric vehicle (EV) chargers for residential use is being developed to respond to increasing uptake of EVs in New Zealand and a need to provide consumers with quality guidance on safe, efficient and smart home chargers.

EVs are typically sold with a portable charger intended for back-up use when needed, sort of like an emergency spare wheel. The safest and best way to charge your EV at home is using a wall-mounted charging unit that is connected into the electrical wiring of your home. Please refer to manufacturer instructions (for appropriate charging levels) and WorkSafe guidelines (for safety). 

This PAS will describe the types of EV chargers suitable for use in residential homes. It will provide an overview of things you need to know and questions to ask sellers of vehicles and chargers. It will also include a technical specification for energy efficient, safe, interoperable residential chargers that will perform well for many years.

By building on existing progress in building a national EV charging network, we will help ensure the national residential charging station network is energy efficient and future-proofed.

A draft of the PAS for public comment is expected in early 2021.