Public charging stations: Can South Africa support electric cars?
Around the world, support is growing for electric cars. Automakers are delivering more electric models with longer range and lower prices, such as the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3.
China has set aggressive targets for electric vehicle sales to curb pollution; some European countries aim to be all-electric by 2040 or sooner.
Those lofty ambitions face numerous challenges, including one practical consideration for consumers: If they buy electric cars, where will they charge them?
In South Africa, there are three fully electric vehicles on sale in the market: BMW's i3 and i8, and the Nissan Leaf. Various manufacturers have several battery-hybrid vehicles available locally, including Volvo and Mercedes-Benz.
Nissan South Africa says: "In Gauteng there are more than 90 EV charging stations. These are available at shopping centres and office blocks. "There are 9 Nissan dealerships with EV charging stations, 7 of them also sells Nissan LEAF. We also have the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with BMW where we can tap into each other’s charging network. Cape Town is also catching up with various charging stations installed across the city."
Bottom line is SA has a very long road ahead of itself still for EVs and with little government incentive at this stage, it is not likley to pick up very soon...