GYRO-EV's Contribution to The University of Waikato's EV Initiative

  • March 19, 2024

With over 50 years of experience in the electrical distribution industry, we've been at the forefront of manufacturing components for power infrastructure across New Zealand.

One of our proudest moments came in December last year, when GYRO-EV partnered with We.EV to supply our make-ready termination pits and charging posts to install 63 EV charging units across its Hamilton and Tauranga campuses at the University of Waikato. This project showcased the seamless integration of our products into a large-scale EV infrastructure.

But our contributions were just a part of the bigger picture. Collaborating with We.EV, renowned for its expertise in sustainable energy solutions, the University embarked on a transformative journey towards sustainability. We.EV's installation of 63 Teltonika charging units further solidified the University's commitment to environmental stewardship.

Read a snippet from the University of Waikato's article about the project:

The University of Waikato is replacing more than half its existing vehicle fleet with electric vehicles (EVs) to reduce emissions and work towards a more sustainable future. The major upgrade, being rolled out over the next few months, is expected to reduce scope one emissions by 183 tonnes annually1.

Jim Mercer, Chief Operating Officer at the University of Waikato, said sustainability had been a focus for the University over the last 18 months and that moving to EVs was a natural next step.

“We’ve been working on a range of sustainability initiatives, including the launch of the world’s first Bachelor of Climate Change, replacing two natural gas boilers with low-emission alternatives, a sizeable on-campus project to replace existing lighting with sustainable LEDs, installing solar arrays on a number of buildings, and various research initiatives designed to support a sustainable future for New Zealand and the world.”

Paul Bull, EECA Public Sector Portfolio Manager, said the University of Waikato is setting a great example for other tertiary institutions and government organisations.



The team is demonstrating how you can incorporate EVs into a fleet while also finding other, innovative ways to get the most out of their vehicles,” said Mr Bull.

The fleet upgrade has been supported with just over $2 million in operational co-funding from EECA (the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority), which the University has matched.

Once implemented, the University will have nearly 80 EVs available to employees. EV charging stations are also being installed at the Hamilton and Tauranga campuses.

Eventually, the University also hopes to make EVs and charging stations available to staff outside of hours. If this goes ahead, it will help the University reduce indirect scope three emissions, which are typically challenging to target2.

Read full article here.


At GYRO-EV, we're thrilled to have played a role in The University of Waikato's sustainability journey. As the world moves towards a cleaner, greener future, we remain committed to providing cutting-edge solutions that empower sustainable mobility, one installation at a time.

VIDEO: The University of Waikato Installation

Check out this video of the slick install at The University of Waikato: