Cape cafe the first to offer charging points
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.
The most affordable electric ride in SA is the Spark 3 scooter from Ewizz in Cape Town.