Nis­san and BMW bring power to Cape’s elec­tric cars

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NIS­SAN South Africa and BMW Group South Africa have added mo­men­tum to Cape Town’s green rev­o­lu­tion with the in­tro­duc­tion of their first joint elec­tric ve­hi­cle (EV) and plugin hy­brid elec­tric ve­hi­cle (PHEV) charg­ing sta­tions in the West­ern Cape.

The three charg­ing sta­tions are lo­cated at the Vic­to­ria and Al­fred (V&A) Wa­ter­front in Cape Town and are sup­ported by Growth­point Prop­er­ties, who man­ages the com­plex.

Nis­san and BMW last year signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing that will see them jointly in­stall EV charg­ing sta­tions across the coun­try’s main metropoli­tan nodes. The planned charg­ing sta­tions will sup­ple­ment the sta­tions al­ready avail­able at cer­tain BMW and Nis­san deal­er­ships — that can charge both man­u­fac­tur­ers’ elec­tric ve­hi­cles — and it forms part of the two com­pa­nies’ strat­egy to sup­port the adop­tion of EVs in South Africa’s most pop­u­lous cities.

The joint ven­ture started its op­er­a­tions in Jo­han­nes­burg with a com­bined charg­ing hub at the In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Corporation in Sand­ton and the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs in Pre­to­ria. It is also in­stalling charg­ing sta­tions at sev­eral of its large metropoli­tan deal­ers.

The V&A charg­ing sta­tions use the faster di­rect cur­rent charg­ing method and Type 2 con­nec­tors to charge a wide range of cur­rent and fu­ture EV and PHEVs.

The two com­pa­nies have con­firmed that they are work­ing on charg­ing in­fras­truc­ture at Brook­lyn Mall in Pre­to­ria and they will add a num­ber of smaller al­ter­nat­ing cur­rent (AC) charg­ing sta­tions around Pre­to­ria, Jo­han­nes­burg and Cape Town to ex­pand South Africa’s EV charg­ing net­work.

“We wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with an­other pi­o­neer to es­tab­lish a wide elec­tric charg­ing in­fras­truc­ture and, in do­ing so, drive the adop­tion of this eco-friendly tech­nol­ogy,” said Mike Whit­field, MD of Nis­san SA.

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