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  • Writer's pictureMpho Mahlangu

Audi's 150kW (DC) Ultra-Fast EV Chargers Now Live


In partnership GridCars, Audi South Africa has finalized the installation of 33 EV charging stations across South Africa. This follows Audi committing to progressing ultra-fast charging technology for South Africa in January 2022.


Head of Audi South Africa, Sascha Sauer, had the following to say: " Audi is committed to ensuring that customers of any electric vehicle can comfortably travel the country, with the reassurance that the EV charging infrastructure is in place to support their progressive choice of mobility. With the public Audi EV chargers now formally in operation and available, our project in ensuring that here are active state-of-the-art EV chargers at key destination and lifestyle venues across South Africa, is tracking well and we are excited to officially encourage all early adopters of electric mobility to utilize these charge points. This is a huge encouragement towards the adoption of EV’s in South Africa as it’s a positive indication towards a growing public EV charging network in our country. "


A first for South Africa, the new 150kW (DC) public chargers initiated by Audi will allow for +/- 340km driving range in approximately 30 minutes. These 150kW chargers have been strategically positioned along national roads to support customers travelling on long journeys. They may be located at the following places:

  1. N1 - Colesburg, Caltex, Northern Cape

  2. N2 - Mosselbay, Langeberg Mall, Western Cape

  3. N3 - Tugela North, Engen, Kwa-Zulu Natal

  4. N4 - Riverside Mall, Mbombela, Mpumalanga


The live 80kW (DC) fast charging stations will allow for +/- 185km driving range in 30 minutes. They may be located at the following places:

  1. N1 - Ventersburg, Caltex, Free State

  2. N1 - Richmond, Caltex, Northern Cape

  3. N2 - The Crags, Engen, Plettenburg Bay, Western Cape

  4. N3 - Tugela South, Engen, Kwa-Zulu Natal

  5. N4 - Alzu Petroport, Mpumalanga (Audi has upgraded the existing unit from DC 60kW to DC 80kW. GridCars has also installed a new EV charging unit at Kranskop Engen, Limpopo).


The live 22kW dual (AC) charging stations will allow for +/- 100km driving range in approximately 1 hour and may be found at the following lifestyle and destination venues in the following provinces:


Western Cape:

  1. Hazendal Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

  2. Franschhoek Motor Museum, Franschhoek

  3. Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch

  4. Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

  5. Thesen Island, Knysna

  6. Graham Beck Wine Estate, Robertson

  7. The Marine Hotel, Hermanus

  8. The Cellars Hohenort Hotel, Constantia

  9. D’Hub B&B, Cape L'Agulhas


Gauteng:

  1. Parkview Shopping Centre, Pretoria

  2. Johannesburg Country Club, Auckland Park

  3. Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Country Club

  4. Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate, Kempton Park

  5. Johannesburg Country Club, Woodmead

  6. Bryanston Country Club, Johannesburg

  7. Kyalami Corner, Johannesburg

  8. Virgin Active Bryanston, Johannesburg


Mpumalanga:

  1. 84 on Main, Dullstroom

  2. Hazyview Junction Shopping Centre


Kwa-Zulu Natal:

  1. Cornubia Mall, Mt. Edgecombe

  2. Selborne Hotel & Golf Club, Pennington

  3. Cedar Garden B&B, Underberg


Free State:

  1. Protea Hotel by Marriot, Clarens


North West:

  1. Village Mall, Haartebeespoort Dam


For ease of use, the current EV public charging network in South Africa may be found on the GridCars map: https://www.chargestations.co.za/ChargeMap.aspx?UserGroupID=facf9751-58ca-490f-8ca5-d2b433e6b2e5


The move to electrification is certainly not going anywhere and as such, we appreciate the efforts from vehicle manufacturers to improve the infrastructure required to make the move seamless.


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