James is responsible for site negotiation and stakeholder relationships including working closely with the Energy and Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) and partners on contestable fund projects and reporting.
ChargeNet was founded in January 2015 to directly address the lack of a coherent nationwide charging network, focussing on rapid DC charging (50kW) to enable long distance travel.
The requirement to bill and support chargers in the field led to the early development of a back office system to gather extensive telemetry and usage statistics. ChargeNet make their system available to any charging station owner needing telemetry or billing services.
Collaboration with other organisations has been essential, from numerous local governments to private companies like Foodstuffs. The first public fast charger was installed in October 2015 at Kaiwaka. With over 100 sites on the network as of September 2018, ChargeNet provides the majority of public DC charging in New Zealand.