Cape cafe the first to of­fer charg­ing points

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - AL­WYN VILJOEN

DARIO’S Cafe in Hout Bay, Cape Town, will be­come South Africa’s first venue to of­fer gratis charg­ing points for elec­tric cars and scoot­ers.

Coun­cil­lor Brett Her­ron, may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for trans­port for the City of Cape Town, will of­fi­cially launch the new elec­tric ve­hi­cle charge points on Sun­day. The points will be able to charge the lat­est clean elec­tric ve­hi­cles from Nis­san and BMW as well as elec­tric scoot­ers from Ewizz.

Ewizz pro­pri­etor and elec­tric ve­hi­cle pro­po­nent Andy le May told Wheels that his en­tire range of Ewizz elec­tric scoot­ers and mo­tor­cy­cles can top-up at Dario’s Café, in­creas­ing the us­abil­ity of their elec­tric ve­hi­cles by ex­tend­ing the range.

“Our aim is to cre­ate a pub­lic net­work avail­able to all elec­tric ve­hi­cles. So ours are max 16A with a nor­mal three-pin plug socket and thus are a tiny frac­tion of the cost to in­stall. This is just what you need around town.”

Le May said his en­try level Spark 3 scooter sells for R19 000 and costs about six cents per km to run. “With 10 000 km, or yearly, ser­vice in­ter­vals, the Spark 3 elec­tric scooter is ridicu­lously in­ex­pen­sive and can be recharge while you work. Like Tesla cars, the soft­ware con­trol­ling all 2016 model year scoot­ers can also be reg­u­larly up­graded.”

Le May told Wheels the next step is to rent out scoot­ers in Cape Town as the cheap­est way for young peo­ple to com­mute.

Sev­eral ci­ties in the world are rent­ing scoot­ers, but the best case study is set by Scoot, a rental com­pany in San Fran­cisco that main­tains a fleet of over 400 scoot­ers, which are parked and recharged in garages all over the city. “We are de­vel­op­ing spe­cial­ist mon­i­tor­ing and track­ing elec­tron­ics specif­i­cally for elec­tric scoot­ers and will next look for a part­ner or part­ners to join us,” said Le May.

PHOTO: EWIZZ

The most af­ford­able elec­tric ride in SA is the Spark 3 scooter from Ewizz in Cape Town.

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