City of Cape Town launches first of two public charging stations

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• The City of Cape Town unveiled a charging station for electric vehicles open to the public. 

• The charging station is based at the Bellville civic centre with a second one opening in Somerset West soon. 

• The unit is free to use and houses a 22kW dual AC charger. 

The first of two solar-powered electric car chargers donated to the City of Cape Town by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), were unveiled in the Bellville civic centre. 

The charging stations are available to the public free of charge for two years. The city says limitless charging is offered and the car's charge card will be required to start the charge.

A 22kW Dual AC charger is available for the public to use and the stations will be closed at night, according to the City.

While this is the first charging stations launched by the City of Cape Town, GridCars has over 150 charging stations in its extensive network across the country.

The two new chargers expand upon the public charging network already in place and supported by brands such as Jaguar. In 2018 Jaguar launched its national Powerway network in partnership with GridCars, at a cost of around R30-million, which features around 80 public chargers around the country.

The Powerway enables EV travel in city centres and on long distance inter-city routes. It includes a series of public chargers with both AC and DC (fast charging) capabilities. 

A second charging station located at the Somerset West civic centre will be opened soon, the city says. There are currently four electric vehicle models sold locally, namely the Mini SE, BMW i3, Jaguar I-Pace, and Porsche Taycan. The least expensive electric vehicle is the Mini at R642 000. 

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The City says 'it is supporting the uptake of eMobility for all and is developing initiatives to drive the growth of this technology in Cape Town, so that it can become more accessible and rolled out in the future to benefit all Capetonians'.

Source: City of Cape Town

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