South Africa’s leading EV developer, GridCars, has added a further 33 charging stations to its network as part of a joint partnership with Audi.
In addition to the more than 150 charging points now operational across the country, the latest chargers include 24 AC or 22kW stations, five 80kW fast chargers and, for the first time in South Africa, four 150kW ultra-fast chargers. located on N1, N2, N3 and N4.
“Our mission is to continuously increase the number of electric vehicle charging points across the country to drive South Africa’s green electric mobility revolution,” GridCars managing director Winston Jordan said in a joint statement.
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“The only way to achieve this mission is through consistent and meaningful partnerships that transform the automotive industry by helping customers embrace the electric future of mobility.”
Statically positioned to aid long-distance driving, the later chargers initiated by Four Rings provide a range of 340km after 30 minutes of plug-in and are located at Caltex, Colesberg on the N1, Langeberg Mall in Mossel Bay off the N2, Engen Tugela North in KwaZulu Province -Natal on the N3 and Riverside Mall in Nelspruit off the N4.
“As the Audi e-tron range hits the road, we continue to help and partner with those who can easily and intuitively empower the transition to an electric future,” said Sacha Sauer, Head of Audi South Africa.
“With the public Audi EV chargers now officially operational and available, our project to ensure the availability of state-of-the-art EV chargers at key destinations and lifestyles across South Africa is tracking well, and we are delighted to officially encourage all early adopters of EVs to use these charging points.”
He added that the availability of the chargers would be a “huge boost to the adoption of electric vehicles in South Africa as it is a positive indicator of the growth of the public electric vehicle charging network in our country”.
In addition to the 150 kW sockets, the 80 kW chargers, capable of proving a range of 185 km in 30 minutes, were located at:
- Free State: Caltex, Ventersburg on the N1;
- Northern Cape: Caltex, Richmond on the N1;
- Western Cape: Engen The Crags, Plettenberg Bay on the N2;
- KwaZulu-Natal: Engen Tugela South on the N3;
- Mpumalanga: Alzu Petroport on N4 (formerly 60kW outlet)
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With a range of around 100km after an hour of waiting, the 22kW charging stations are now open to the public in the following areas:
- Parkview Shopping Centre, Pretoria;
- Johannesburg Country Club, Auckland Park;
- Johannesburg Country Club, Woodmead;
- Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate, Kempton Park;
- Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Country Club;
- Kyalami Corner; Johannesburg;
- Bryanston Country Club; Johannesburg;
- Virgin Active Bryanston, Johannesburg
- Hazyview Junction Mall;
- 84 on Main, Dallstroom
- Village Shopping Centre, Haartebesport Dam
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- Marriot Protea Hotel, Clarence
- Franschhoek Motor Museum;
- Tessen Island, Knysna;
- Hotel Marine, Hermanus;
- Graham Beck Winery, Robertson;
- Hotel The Cellars Hohenort, Konstanz
- D’Hub B&B, Cape L’Agulhas;
- Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch;
- Hazendal Wine Estate, Stellenbosch;
- Spier Winery, Stellenbosch
- Cedar Garden B&B, Anderberg;
- Cornubia Shopping Centre, Mount Edgecombe;
- Selborne Hotel and Golf Club, Pennington
All GridCars charging stations can be viewed here.