Driving On Photo voltaic Energy! MINI & Crimson Bull Launch Photo voltaic-Powered Charging Station In Cape City


MINI South Africa has teamed up with Crimson Bull to launch the nation’s first MINI-branded solar-powered electrical automobile charging station in Cape City. The charging station has two connectors, every with a most output of 9kW AC. Each connectors are Kind 2.

Head of MINI South Africa, Shaun Willis, famous: “MINI and Crimson Bull have a long-standing relationship, solid 17 years in the past in California when the primary MINIs had been transformed into the enduring Crimson Bull MINI. There has all the time been a robust union between our manufacturers, and this collaboration on our first solar-powered charging station is additional proof of this in South Africa.”

MINI South Africa says the launch of the primary solar-powered charging station is one other signal of MINI’s pledge to guard the planet as a part of its overarching Massive Love model assertion.

Willis added: “True to MINI’s optimistic angle to life, we’re pushed by the potential of inventive methods to play our half to guard the planet. With the primary stand-alone public photo voltaic charging unit in Cape City, along with Crimson Bull, we’re displaying our dedication to sustainable vitality options.”

The revealing occurred on Saturday, 18 March 2023 at Cape City’s V&A Waterfront.. Its companions, the V&A Waterfront, the Metropolis of Cape City, and Crimson Bull South Africa had been current on the launch.

In pursuit of its sustainability targets, MINI introduced in 2021 that it could be an electric-only marque by the early 2030s. A complete of three new electrical fashions, together with the brand new MINI Cooper Electrical, might be coming onto the market as a part of the brand new MINI Household.

The MINI model has all the time been a preferred model in South Africa. It’s very fashionable with college college students and early profession professionals as properly. Once I was at college in Pretoria, I keep in mind seeing these Crimson Bull MINIs (inside combustion engine fashions on the time) at a number of occasions. I used to see them on campus quite a bit as properly, being pushed by among the model ambassadors. It’s nice to see that these Crimson Bull MINIs are additionally getting some electrical fashions.

This obtained me considering, the all-electric MINI Cooper SE is at the moment probably the most reasonably priced electrical automotive in South Africa, and given the truth that the MINI Cooper is already fashionable with school college students and younger professionals, it could be nice to see these kinds of solar-powered charging stations being put in at college campuses across the nation and at different spots the place early profession professionals like to hang around. After all, these usually are not the one goal market teams for the electrical MINI Cooper SE and related electrical automobiles, however it could go a great distance in elevating consciousness round electrical automobiles within the county on this age group.

I might be looking out for extra info on these solar-powered charging stations, together with any info on if there’s any stationary battery storage onsite to cowl the interval throughout load-shedding and likewise info on the put in capability (kWp) of the PV panels in addition to any plans for rolling out extra of those round South Africa. EVs and PV are a match made in heaven and an ideal mixture that we have to see extra of in additional nations on the African continent.

Picture courtesy of MINI South Africa

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