Planning your trip is only just the start of what we know will be an amazing electric journey for you when book a Britz EV. As far as we can tell this is a real first, and something we are so excited to finally be putting in your hands!
We have curated the itineraries to deliver an effortless customer experience so you can enjoy your holiday without any anxiety about running out of power. To do this we have built partnerships with tourism operators and Holiday Parks New Zealand to develop an infrastructure for EV campers as well as a set of itineraries to see the best of New Zealand and charge as you travel.
We’ll continue to update our recommendations and planning tools as we refine the experiences with feedback from you our travellers and our crew.
Be sure to continue to check in as we build this exciting electric experience.
+ PLANNING AHEAD
BOOK YOUR EV
Check out our EV itineraries and plan your chosen loop in the North or South Island for pick up/drop off in either Auckland or Queenstown. Enquire/Book here or free call us any time 0800 081 032.
BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARKS
We have partnered with some of New Zealand's best holiday parks who now offer EV friendly sites. This means you will be able to charge your vehicle and power the house simultaneously during your stay. If any EV specific charging site isnt available, you can still charge on a regular powered site. Check out all the Holiday Parks on our electric itineraries here.
DOWNLOAD YOUR ‘ON THE ROAD’ TOOLS
+ THE ACT OF CHARGING
PLANNING YOUR CHARGING
While you’re on the road you will be analysing distances between holiday park destinations and any sights you plan to visit along the way. The most useful tool will be PlugShare which you may have downloaded when you started planning your trip! If not, don't worry take a look at the Download your 'on the road' tools section above.
Also the In Vehicle Tablet has a built in GPS (including offline navigation) which can help you plan your day. The tablet also has CamperMate which suggests activities and experience near you, bookable directly from the device and locates useful things like the holiday parks you will be staying in along the way.
ON THE ROAD
You currently have several charging options at your disposal with DC Fast Charging, AC Charging and a few other scenarios available to you along the way.
You will most likely use a variety of these during your travels and we are sure your learning curve will be just as steep as ours has been! So we have designed some cleaver guides to help you learn how everyting works and will make sure you get a handy copy of this when you pick up your BritzEV in Auckland or Queenstown.
In the meantime, to help you get started with what to expect we have outlined the two most common ways of charging your EV below.
DC FAST or QUICK CHARGERS
These are the 50kW DC charging stations you may have seen around town. They plug into the DC charging socket in the front grill of the BritzEV motorhome, which uses the CCS Type 2 plug.
These are either pay as you go using the ChargeNet kiosks (often at Z-Stations) use the provided FOB on the vehicle key to pay at kiosk, or some are free charging stations provided by Energy Companies such as WEL, Vector or Alpine Energy.
- This, as the name suggests, is the quickest method of charging and best suited en route – you typically only charge to 80% (the last 20% charging takes 80% of the time) and depending on your battery level before plugging in this will take between 5 and 45 minutes. (Not including any other EV users in front of you waiting…)
- The cable and plug is part of the charger, like a petrol pump.
- Stay near or with the vehicle when charging if possible.
- You will be using these chargers ‘on the go’ in between destinations, some of which are required stops on longer distance days, and/or you have explored significantly beyond of the EV itineraries.
FAST AC CHARGING
This is your medium speed charging option, which you will find at our partner Holiday Parks at the EV friendly site you will have reserved ahead of traveling. These AC chargers allow you to top up faster than a normal powered site. So be sure to plug in the EV while you are making use of the park facilities during the day, or exploring the area without your electric motorhome. Note, as a back up you can charge the vehile at a normal powered site, it just takes a wee bit longer to reach a full charge and you'll need to share the power box with your house.
- This will charge approximately twice as fast as the Blue commando option.
- Use the provided cable and follow the instructions provided on your Quick reference guide. You will need to activate the charger with the provided RFID tag to begin the charging. Don't forget to repack your cable.
You will be using the AC charging socket on the Van.
DC Fast or Quick Charger Fast AC Charging
+ THE ACT OF DRIVING
Range is around 120km depending on your driving style. We suggest smooth and cruisy – you will be amazed how much of a difference that makes.
READING YOUR BATTERY HEALTH
There are a couple ways to judge your range/battery health. Its easy to get obsessed with this, its called range anxiety and it gets us all to start with until you become familiar with the EV motorhome.
The most common and misleading method is the estimated range left which is commonly referred to as the Guess’ometer – because it cannot possibly predict the driving environment ahead of you (motorways, hills, headwinds) or your driving style so it can be disconcerting when after only 2 km your range drops from 110km to 95km.
You are better to watch the Battery % gauge which gives you actual battery health, including when you are regen charging (coasting down hills, or braking).
If you do find yourself in a situation of low charge the vehicle will enter Turtle Mode! Turtle mode forces the vehicle into a slower speed. The EV will not go over 50km per hour, giving you approx. 10kms left of range.
- A/C will have around a 10% effect on your range, with other factors in your control such as use of the radio, fan for heating & defrosting the windows. Other factors that sit out of your control are things such as hill climbing and headwinds that need to be accounted for too.
- Don’t speed! Around 90kph is optimum for an EV but please be aware of surrounding traffic, our speed limit on open roads and highways is 100kph so adjust your speed accordingly and try not to hold up traffic if on a single carriageway.
- Accelerate and drive as smoothly as possible. Remember it’s all about driving smooth and cruisy!
Although we highly recommend it, you do not need to follow our electric itinerary (even though it really is wonderful). Feel free to take the parts you like, and/or create your own journey. Either way we consider you one of our EV curious crew and would absolutly love your feedback on how your electric journey goes!
+ WE ARE HERE TO HELP
Enquire here or call our EV specialist crew anytime on 0800 081 032 to work through your trip planning and booking decisions. We are here to help you create an amazing experience in our new electric campers!
Next, check out our EV Scenic itinerary's – our preference is for you to follow these as we have worked out all the details so you can easily charge your motorhome along the way! All you need to do is decide if you want a North Island costal or South Island scenic adventure!