Electric bikers of Auckland now have a sweet new hangout downtown where they, and their bikes, can recharge with some wonderfully clean energy.
Big Street Bikers have teamed up with Mercury to create New Zealand’s first ever public solar-powered electric bike recharging station, and it’s set to become the un-petrol station of the future.
Positioned next to Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, at the bottom of the Nelson Street bike path, The Rechargery’s initial pilot will use an array of solar panels, supported with batteries for storage, to provide most of the energy the e-bikes need to get around.
Aucklanders and visitors to the city are invited to come down to test ride an e-bike around the harbour, or even hire one for a full day adventure.
Big Street Bikers have ride-to-own subscription plans on offer to make e-bikes more affordable and accessible for commuters and students alike – with discounts available for Mercury customers.
Visitors to the Rechargery can also bring their own bike down to charge for free while hanging out, grabbing some food or going to work.
As a pilot scheme, the Rechargery will run at least to the end of summer where it may become a permanent fixture of Auckland city and the first stage of a point to point e-bike share system which runs on sunshine.