South Africa’s first electric vehicle road trip has reached the halfway mark. The twelve cars participating in the EVRT Africa event have travelled over 1,200 km from Pretoria to Port Elizabeth, on their way to the finish in Cape Town.
The second stage of the trip will take the cars through Knysna and Worcester. The grand finale will be happening at the Silo District in the Mother City on 10 October.
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Nissan, BMW and Jaguar all have cars making the trip down. These are the only three electric car’s available to buy in the country.
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South Africa’s electric car adoption
According to the analytics group Lightstone, South Africa saw a sudden rise in the sale of electric vehicles between 2018 and 2019, from 375 to 867 vehicles registered in the country.
This has been attributed to a number of factors with a significant one being the availability of charging facilities in the different provinces. Gauteng is currently leading with over 90 stations.
Despite it’s slow growth charging station adoption is expected to increase with initiatives like those of Jaguar Land Rover, which has made a huge investment into a network of chargers along the N3 between Gauteng and Durban and N1 between Gauteng and Cape Town. Stations are also going up along the garden route from Cape Town to East London.
The majority of these stations will be on the public network of 60kWh fast chargers and will charge from 0 to 80% will take around 72 minutes.
Nissan and MBW have also started putting up electric car charging stations and they plan to add more to coincide with their programme to introduce electric cars and related technologies to the market by 2020.
The government have also stepped up with initiatives including the Automotive Production and Development Programme and the Green Transport Strategy. Both strategies mention electric vehicles in an efforts to lower carbon emissions and reduce dependency on fossil fuels.