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Nissan and BMW switch on first joint coastal EV charging stations

29 August 2016

Nissan South Africa and BMW Group South Africa have introduced their first joint electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) charging stations in the Western Cape.

The three charging stations are located at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town ane use the faster direct current charging method and Type 2 connectors to charge a wide range of current and future EV and PHEVs.

Last year Nissan and BMW agreed to 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.

While the fully electric vehicles market is very much in its infancy in South Africa, we’ve had the opportunity to try out the futuristic electric BMW i3 e Drive. At this point though we’ll stick to the more practical hybrid models such as the Volvo XC90 T8 and the Lexus RX.