Audi South Africa & Rubicon Add 43 EV Charging Stations To The Rising Community


After a really gradual begin, electrical automobile gross sales appear to be beginning to acquire some traction in South Africa. Gross sales of battery-electric autos breached the five hundred models per yr mark in South Africa for the primary time ever in 2022. Final yr, 502 BEVs had been bought in South Africa, up from 218 in 2021. Audi South Africa is without doubt one of the corporations which can be bringing fairly plenty of full battery-electric autos to the South African market. Among the fashions obtainable in South Africa embrace the Audi e-tron, Audi e-tron GT, and the Audi e-tron Sportback.

Audi South Africa has been very lively within the EV area throughout the worth chain. Final yr, Audi South Africa carried out some coaching classes for first responders to assist tackle these considerations in addition to put together the business for the rising electrical mobility phase. Audi was the primary OEM to coach and put together South African first responders like fireplace companies and paramedics on the subject of e-mobility and electrical autos. 70 first responders had been skilled as a part of Audi’s native e-tron launch and EV rollout. Classroom and sensible EV coaching enabled a train-the-trainer facilitation throughout all portfolios inside the Division of Cooperative Governance and the Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Centre in South Africa.

Audi South Africa has additionally been working with a number of companions to speed up the expansion of electrical automobile charging infrastructure within the nation. Audi SA has simply introduced the addition of recent charging stations within the nation. On this new section, Audi South Africa, in partnership with Rubicon, has introduced 43 further electrical automobile charging stations on-line throughout the nation. These chargers can accommodate a complete of 57 EVs concurrently, at various capacities, no matter mannequin or model possession. That is along with the model’s contribution of 70 EV charging connection factors nationwide a yr in the past, when Audi was the primary to deliver ultra-fast chargers to South Africa.

The newest rollout contains the very first DC 200kW quick charger in South Africa, which is put in on the largest shopping center ever in-built a single section — Mall of Africa. The EV battery of an e-tron GT may be recharged about quarter-hour. The photo voltaic photovoltaic (PV) system put in at Mall of Africa is without doubt one of the largest of its sort within the ssouthern hemisphere, making this set up a progressive assertion in direction of sustainable charging.

The remainder of this second section of infrastructure funding includes 4 100kW (DC), eight 60kW (DC), 5 25kW (DC), and twenty-five 22kW (AC) quick EV charger installations at handy areas throughout the nation to serve all EV clients. The commissioning of the primary and second section of charging infrastructure signifies that Audi and companions GridCars and Rubicon have put in 76 quick and ultra-fast EV chargers throughout South Africa, representing about 28% of public charging stations within the nation.

“The rollout of our second section of EV charging stations is the following step in realising our imaginative and prescient of sustainable mobility and residing our mantra that the ‘Future is an Angle’,” says Sascha Sauer, head of Audi South Africa. “EVs are the way forward for mobility and we’re investing not simply in {hardware} infrastructure, however in making electrical mobility less complicated and extra extensively obtainable for South Africans, thus enabling the native EV market to develop. By fulfilling our promise from early 2022, we’re demonstrating our dedication to serving to take SA into the way forward for mobility.”

The partnership between Audi, GridCars, and Rubicon features a roaming settlement, which permits billing playing cards to be interoperable throughout the 2 networks, making charging even simpler, seamless, and accessible for Audi e-tron clients and customers of different EV manufacturers.

Greg Blandford, Director of Rubicon Vitality & E-mobility, says that as public curiosity in EVs grows, so will the drive to combine charging infrastructure, renewable vitality and vitality storage methods. “Rubicon is totally immersed and dedicated to the development of renewable vitality and deployment of electrical automobile charging infrastructure in South Africa. The worldwide adoption of synthetic intelligence, good gadgets, greener applied sciences and carbon discount initiatives has highlighted and accelerated the adoption of electrical autos. Native availability of increasingly more EVs, coupled with the rise in fossil gas prices, shall be a serious catalyst for EV adoption in South Africa,” he says.

“Whereas load shedding is a actuality to which South Africans have grow to be accustomed, it’s value declaring that our charging community additionally capitalises on photo voltaic installations, the place doable, to maintain the charging stations optimally operational,” says Sauer. “With a spread between 350 and 480km the Audi e-tron fashions usually don’t require a cost on daily basis, so relying on driving fashion and every day commuting distances, house owners will be capable of discover their nearest charging station and cost their autos usually, with ease.”

The newly added 43 chargers are unfold throughout the provinces as follows:

  • Gauteng: 15
  • W Cape: 11
  • E Cape: 10
  • KZN: 4
  • Mpumalanga: 2
  • Free State: 1
  • Complete: 43

All 76 Audi-branded charging stations are a part of the charging community that may be accessed right here.

Curiosity in electrical autos is rising in South Africa. A current Consumers Survey by AutoTrader South Africa confirmed that:

  • 7% of respondents mentioned they’d use an EV as their major automobile.
  • 64.7% of respondents said that they’d be prepared to pay extra for an EV up entrance, given the working prices had been decrease than a petroleum/diesel automotive.
  • 54% of the respondents had been between 35 and 54 years outdated.
  • 50% of the respondents had been from one province (Gauteng).

The rising electrical automobile charging community from gamers corresponding to Audi and its companions will go an extended strategy to encourage extra individuals to go EV. The EV charging infrastructure can also be rising alongside the nation’s main highways. This may assist extra EV house owners go on their a lot beloved highway journeys.

With a number of new EV fashions being launched in South Africa this yr, plus the rising charging infrastructure, 2023 guarantees to be the very best yr but by way of EV gross sales. The addition of recent EV fashions will assist tackle one of many main considerations over time, which was the restricted choice of EVs obtainable in South Africa. Will gross sales breach the 1000 mark this yr? I hope so. Let’s wait and see how gross sales evolve this yr.


Pictures courtesy of Audi South Africa




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