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Going Green, Going Electric: A Guide to Electric Vehicle and Charger Safety

Electric vehicles (EVs) have become more than just a trend; they are a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution to our transportation needs. With the growing adoption of EVs, it's crucial to ensure both the vehicles and their charging infrastructure are used safely.

In this article, we'll explore the world of electric cars and provide essential safety tips for electric car charging.


The Rise of Electric Vehicles

‘While traditional internal combustion vehicles are still the most popular choice overall, we are seeing a clear shift towards electric power among New Zealanders when selecting their next passenger car’. — Al Allen, international trade manager for StatsNZ.

New Zealand’s EV market has experienced exponential growth since 2021 as the carbon reduction policies from the NZ government have been implemented. As of June 2023, there were 84,914 plug-in electric vehicles in New Zealand, and we believe this number will continue rise, with an expected annual sales volume of 32,690 units by the end of 2025, as forecasted by REGlobal.

Electric vehicles have come a long way, with improved battery technology, longer ranges and increased charging infrastructure. They offer numerous benefits, such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions, lower operating costs and quieter operation.

Why buy an Electric Vehicle (EV)?

Choosing electric vehicles (EVs) offers several advantages, making them an attractive option for environmentally conscious consumers. Here are 6 key reasons to go electric:

1. Environmental Benefits: EVs emit 80% less CO2 than an equivalent petrol vehicle. They produce zero tailpipe emissions, reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, which are major contributors to climate change.

2. Lower Operating Costs: EVs have lower fuelling and maintenance costs. Electricity is generally cheaper than petrol and EVs have fewer moving parts, leading to reduced maintenance expenses. 56% of purchasers choose EVs for cost savings.

‘An EV costs the equivalent of 40c per litre to “fill up” when charged at home,’ — Gen Less

3. Energy Efficiency: EVs are highly energy-efficient, converting a significant portion of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels. This efficiency helps you get more miles per unit of energy.

4. Tax Incentives: NZ governments offer Clean Car Discount to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. Rebates are available to anyone purchasing an EV or plug-in hybrid EV.

5. Silent Operation: EVs are quieter than conventional vehicles. They contribute to reduced noise pollution, creating a more peaceful urban environment.

6. Home Charging Convenience: Charging an EV at home is convenient. You can plug in your vehicle overnight, wake up to a full charge and start your day without visiting a gas station. 82% of EV owners most commonly charge at home.

Charging Your EV

Charging an electric vehicle is an easy process, but it does require some safety precautions. There are different types of chargers, including home chargers, public charging stations and fast chargers. Ensure that you use the right charger for your vehicle and before your next adventure, search the NZTA EV Charging Station database for the latest locations of charging spots.

Electric Vehicle Charger Safety Tips

🔎 Safety Tip 1: Use Certified Charging Equipment

Always use charging equipment that is certified for electric vehicle use. Certified chargers undergo rigorous testing to meet safety standards, ensuring a secure charging process.

🔎 Safety Tip 2: Inspect Charging Cables

Regularly inspect your charging cables for any signs of damage, such as frayed wires or exposed insulation. Damaged cables can pose a safety hazard and should be replaced immediately.

🔎 Safety Tip 3: Proper Installation

Ensure that your charging station is installed correctly by a qualified electrician. Faulty installations can lead to electrical issues and potential hazards.

🔎 Safety Tip 4: Follow the Manufacturer's Instructions

Different EV models and chargers have specific guidelines for charging. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for safe and efficient charging.

🔎 Safety Tip 5: Use Dedicated Outlets

Avoid using extension cords or adapters when charging your electric vehicle. They may not be designed to handle the high-power demands of charging and can increase the risk of overheating or electrical fires.

🔎 Safety Tip 6: Unplug When Not in Use

Once your electric vehicle is fully charged, remember to unplug it from the charging station. This helps prevent any unnecessary strain on the charger and reduces the risk of electrical accidents.

🔎 Safety Tip 7: Emergency Procedures

In case of any issues or emergencies during charging, know how to stop the charging process and unplug the charger. Never handle charging equipment with wet hands or in wet conditions.

🔎 Safety Tip 8: Regular Maintenance

Ensure your charging equipment is regularly inspected and maintained to keep it in good working condition.


As electric vehicles become more commonplace, it's essential to prioritise safety in both the vehicles and charging infrastructure. By following these electric car charger safety tips, you can enjoy the benefits of electric vehicles while minimising risks.


Here at TESTntel, we offer comprehensive electric car charger inspection services to ensure the safety and functionality of your charging equipment. Our expert technicians will assess your charger for any potential issues, providing you with peace of mind and a worry-free charging experience.

Feel free to reach out to us via email at or call us at 0800 837 8824 for a FREE QUOTE – we'll be happy to help.



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