EECA has updated its Publicly Available Specification (PAS) for electric vehicle (EV) chargers for commercial use.

The previous version of this guidance was developed to support government initiatives to increase electrification of transport. It focuses on the energy efficient performance and interoperability of commercial chargers. The PAS has now been updated to include more detail around ‘destination’ EV chargers. These include publicly available charge points at locations such as supermarkets and community centres.

This PAS describes EV chargers designed for use in commercial settings, such as private parking facilities for EV fleets and dedicated EV charging stations. It includes an overview of what you need to know and questions to ask when procuring chargers for commercial use. It also provides a technical specification for energy efficient, safe, and ‘smart’ commercial chargers that are able to be controlled remotely to minimise charging costs without reducing service levels. 

Later in 2023 the EV Charging PAS suite will be expanded again to include a PAS on ‘journey’ chargers. Journey chargers are those that cater to drivers on longer trips. They are usually located in or near service stations and offer higher kW (typically 75kW+) and faster charging than ‘destination’ chargers.

This PAS is guidance and will not impose any requirements on sellers, importers, or manufacturers. It aims to help retailers and suppliers of EVs and chargers to align to best practice and give purchasers the information they need to make future-proofed choices to help minimise installation and ongoing vehicle charging costs.

By building on existing national network infrastructure, we will help ensure the national network of commercial charging stations is energy efficient and capable of contributing to a demand flexible electricity system.

The PAS is free to download via Standards New Zealand.

Download the PAS for commercial EV chargers(external link)

View our other Publicly Available Specifications