All charged up - Audi ready to install the first 150kW ultra-fast EV chargers in SA

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2022 Audi e-tron
2022 Audi e-tron

• Together with the launch of its electric cars in 2022, Audi will also erect several EV charging stations.

• The 33 charging stations will be installed in partnership with GridCars.

• The most powerful of these stations will have a direct current (DC) of 150kW.

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Audi South Africa is embracing the switch to electric mobility by partnering with GridCars. Together, the two entities will install 33 new public charging stations for electric vehicles, comprising 70 charge connectors. The most powerful of these will be a 150kW public charger, a direct current (DC) that will allow for the fastest possible of your electric vehicle in South Africa.

To put it in perspective, the 150kW DC station will charge the Audi e-tron 55's 95kWh battery from 10% to 90% in approximately 30 minutes.

For Audi, they see it as imperative that they take the South African consumer by the hand as everyone warms up to the idea of electric vehicles.

Sascha Sauer, managing director of Audi South Africa, explains: "The investment and partnership with GridCars demonstrate our brand philosophy that the 'future is an attitude. As we prepare for the arrival of our e-tron range, we understand that there is more to be done as an automotive brand than simply providing the product. We must also enable and partner with those who can empower the transition to an electric future with ease and understanding. Our public chargers are new and incremental to the current EV charging network in South Africa."

Audi e-tron
2022 Audi e-tron 55 Quattro S line

Charging stations

  • Four 150kW (DC) ultra-fast charging stations, enabling +/- 340km in 30 minutes. These are planned for placement along major highway routes such as the N1, N2, N3 and N4.
  • Five 80kW (DC) fast-charging stations, enabling +/- 185km in 30 minutes, also planned for location on major highway routes such as the N1, N2, N3 and N4. One of these chargers will close a long-standing gap (Richmond) in the route between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
  • Twenty-four 22kW (AC) fast-charging stations, enabling +/- 100km in about one hour, at public lifestyle and recreational venues across the country and as part of Audi's destination charging strategy.

Audi will launch its family of electric vehicles in South Africa in the first quarter of 2022.

If more manufacturers come onboard and install charging stations, will that convince you to purchase an electric vehicle? Email us your opinion or use the comment section below.

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2022 Audi e-tron GT
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