'Loud bang', car damaged as EV charging station explodes in Canterbury
An exploding electric vehicle (EV) charging station damaged a vehicle and emitted a loud bang across a North Canterbury town.
A vehicle was disconnecting from a ChargeNet station on Carters Rd, Amberley about 6pm on Friday when it "blew apart", a Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) spokesman said.
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Initial findings suggested there was a fault within the charging unit, which caused its aluminium front panel to explode off, creating a "loud bang", fire investigator Jason Hobbs said.
The panel flew into the car it was charging. The car was damaged at the front. No-one was injured.
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It appeared to be a "freak accident", Hobbs said.
"I don't think the charging systems are unsafe, but occasionally you get a failure. Hopefully it's just a one-off.
"We're following up now to make sure that any units that the company has are being checked and that the manufacturers are being consulted to make sure there's no other issues around the country."
ChargeNet NZ has about 68 charging stations across New Zealand. Its Rapid DC Chargers recharge electric vehicles within 30 minutes.
A ChargeNet spokeswoman confirmed an investigation was under way. It is understood the company sent staff over from Australia to investigate.
"This will potentially cause disruptions to [the] service while the matter is being inspected," she said.
"[We] are keen to assist in finding solutions for those affected," she said.
WorkSafe is also investigating.