Why hire an EV?
Our EV range
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
effective fuel price/litre
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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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
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:
~25mins / 100km added
~60 mins / 100km added
~2 - 10 hrs / 100km added
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.
Using a Public Charging Station - Best Practice
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
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
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
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
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?
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
Select "Plan your trip"
Enter your location & destination and select "Find the best route"
Once the page loads, hit "show on map" to view all the EV stations for your journey