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ELECTRIC CAR RENTAL

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Why hire an EV?

Our EV range

EV FAQs

CAR RENTAL SHOULDN'T COST THE EARTH

Snap's been leading the way for electric car rental in NZ. We were the first to offer electric cars for hire, and we are the first to commit to a 100% hybrid/electric fleet by 2025.

We know the EV movement can't just be for the wealthy, that's why Snap's electric rental cars are priced comparatively to their not-so-ecofriendly counterparts

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 less CO2 emissions
80%
effective fuel price/litre
$0.30

WHY HIRE AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE?

Electric vehicles are significantly better for the environment than standard Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles, producing 80% less climate damaging emissions.

They are also significantly cheaper to run - equivalent to paying 30 cents per litre at the pump.

As a bonus - you don't need fill up before returning any of our fully electric vehicles. Choice!

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ELECTRIC VEHICLE RANGE

HYBRID
Hatch

TOYOTA AQUA

Range: 

Fuel Savings:

Carbon Reduction:

700km (with petrol)

38%

47%

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FULL ELECTRIC

VW E-GOLF

Range: 

Fuel Savings:

Carbon Reduction:

220km

75%

80%

 

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HYBRID

TOYOTA CAMRY

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Range: 

Fuel Savings:

Carbon Reduction:

1100km (with petrol)

45%

44%

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EV CHARGING - ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Charging your electric rental car can be intimidating at first, but it's easy once you know what to do!

 

We've put together everything you need to know about EV charging below - you'll also be provided with an in-car guide on pickup detailing everything below + more charging info specific to your car.

WAYS TO CHARGE

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EV CHARGING - THE BASICS

Charging an electric vehicle is a bit different from filling up at the gas pump, mainly due to the recharging options available, how long it takes for vehicles to charge and the effective driving range of the vehicles.

How long your it takes for your vehicle to charge obviously depends on how depleted the charge is, however this is also determined by the power output of the charging station you are using as below:

CHARGING OPTIONS

Station Output

RAPID

50kW

STANDARD

25kW

SLOW/PORTABLE

2-7kW

Charge Rate

~25mins / 100km added

~60 mins / 100km added

~2 - 10 hrs / 100km added

Best Use

Treat it like a petrol station with a wait - plug in and grab a coffee

Often found at shopping centers & other hospitality businesses.
Plug in while you are shopping or grabbing lunch.

Slow & Portable Chargers are best suited for overnight use.
A portable charger is supplied with your rental vehicle & can plug into any standard NZ wall socket

Planning your trip is critical when hiring an electric vehicle

Be sure to know:

  • the range of the vehicle you have hired

  • how long you will need to spend at the EV station

  • where EV Charging Stations are

Refer to our 'Where to Charge?' and "How far can I go' sections below to help plan your trip.

EV CHARGING - BEST PRACTICE

Using a Public Charging Station - Best Practice

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  • Charge in any weather - rain, hail or shine

  • Create an online account with the charging station provider to hit the road faster

  • Quick charge to 80% - the final 20% takes longer

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  • Unplug another vehicles charger without permission

  • Park illegally or park without charging

  • Overstay at the station - if you have enough charge, make room for someone else.

Using your Portable EV Charger - Best Practice

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  • Only use the portable charger provided by Snap Rentals

  • Warm up or cool down your car using AC while plugged still plugged in - this will save battery for driving

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  • Use a modified portable charger to charge your vehicle

  • Use your portable charger with an extension cable, multibox or any other type of adaptor

WHERE TO CHARGE

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EV CHARGING STATIONS NZ

The majority of vehicle charging spots you'll find available in New Zealand are hosted by dedicated EV charging station providers like ChargeNet. 

We believe the best tool for finding your nearest Public Charging Station is NZTA's EV Journey Planning Tool, embedded for your use below. .

These stations typically have Rapid charging connections which can add 100kms of range in in 20-30 mins, costing around $10/100km added. There are also free charging options available if you know where to look - fortunately we've created a list of free EV charging stations for your use further down this page.

FIND A CHARGING STATION

FREE CHARGING STATIONS

Many hotels, motels, shopping center carparks and businesses have EV charging stations available for use free of charge for their customers. 

We have collated an updated list of these providers below:

HOW FAR CAN I GO?

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PLANNING YOUR EV HIRE ADVENTURE

Snap's fully electric rental car of choice is the Volkswagen E-Golf which boasts a range of 220km at 100% charge.

Use this information alongside NZTA's EV journey planning tool to be sure you won't run out of charge.

HOW TO USE THE EV JOURNEY PLANNING TOOL

1.

Select "Plan your trip"

2.

Enter your location & destination and select "Find the best route"

3.

Once the page loads, hit "show on map" to view all the EV stations for your journey

PLAN YOUR TRIP

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