Mercedes-Benz to install over 120 EV chargers in SA
Mercedes-Benz South Africa has partnered with Chargify to rollout over 120 new EV charging stations across the country. The investment, worth R40 million, will be complete in phases with R15 million going towards the initial phase.
Both companies are working with various sites across SA to expand its network, including collaborating with partners like GridCars.
The company said in a statement that Chargify is actively deploying AC and fast charging DC charging stations along main routes in SA, between metropolitan areas like airports, shopping malls, restaurant hubs, private hospitals, strategic expansion sites, residential estates and small towns.
“Mercedes-Benz South Africa is accelerating the pace of eMobility transformation within the automotive industry. Next to offering the most extensive and diverse all-electric vehicle portfolio in the market, we want to provide not only our customers but all EV drivers the luxury and peace of mind of a comprehensive charging network and with the installation of over 100 electric vehicle charging stations across South Africa fulfilling our strategic objectives of creating sustainable ecosystems in support of our all-electric strategy.”
Its R15 million investment for Phase 1 will see 67 Mercedes-Benz EQ branded charging stations being rolled out in SA by Q1 2024. The company adds that its intention is to not only provide current customers with a reliable charging network but to also instill confidence in those considering the switch to electric vehicle ownership.
The remaining R25 million earmarked for Phase 2 will include over 60 Mercedes-Benz EQ branded charging stations strategically positioned in key areas. This will bring the total to 127 charging stations.
Locations that already feature MB EQ branded charging infrastructure include:
- BT Ngebs Mall and Mayfair Hotel in Mthatha: EV drivers can now travel from Durban to Cape Town
- Woodhill Estate and Country Club
- Da Vinci Hotel in Sandton
- Champagne Castle in Drakensberg
- Highwaymans in Pilgrims Rest
- Courtyard Sandton
- Silvermist Wine Estate
Other locations where installation is taking place includes:
- Plettenberg Hotel
- Wilderness Hotel
- Swartberg Hotel in Prince Albert
- Karoo Junction Mall in Beaufort West
All Mercedes-Benz EQ customers receive a 10% discount when charging via the Chargify network.
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