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Nissan and BMW on a charge

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Nissan South Africa and the 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 stations – which offer fast direct charging – are located at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town and are supported by Growthpoint Properties, which manages the complex.

The motor companies last year signed a memorandum of understanding that will see them jointly install EV charging stations across the country’s main metropolitan nodes. The stations are intended to supplement those already in operation at BMW and Nissan dealerships.

The project has already seen stations opened in Johannesburg at the Industrial Development Corporation in Sandton and in Pretoria at the Department of Environmental Affairs.

“We welcome the opportunity to partner with another pioneer to establish a wide electric charging infrastructure and, in doing so, drive the adoption of this eco- friendly technology,” says Mike Whit eld, managing director of Nissan SA.

The two companies are currently working on charging infrastructure at Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria and they are looking to add a number of smaller alternating current (AC) charging stations around Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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