If your main concern with buying an electric car is figuring out how you’re going to charge it on those long-distance trips, worry no more. Audi South Africa has revealed plans to open 33 more high speed electric car chargers, tapping GridCars to flesh out DC fast-charging options in the central Karoo and further along the N1, N2, N3 and N4.
The chargers will be among the fastest options for electric car owners to top up their batteries in Mzansi. They’ll range from 22 kilowatt (kW) to 150 kW, location-depending, though of course the EV itself will need to support such rapid rates in order to make the most of that.
Still, if you have the right car and the right charger, the pace of topping up the battery is considerable. Audi South Africa says that its very own e-tron 55 (with a 95kWh battery) will charge from 10% to 90% in approximately 30 minutes when using the 150 kW super fast charger. Access to the chargers will be available to any EV owner with a GridCars account, as long as you have the correct adapter.
Audi South Africa has gone further to give a detailed breakdown on where the charging stations will be installed and what capacity they will have;
- 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.
Overall, there’ll be 33 chargers spread across those locations. They’ll contribute to the roughly 70 fast chargers across around 70 locations that GridCars says it should have operational by the end of next year.
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