Nissan and BMW to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure in South Africa
Nissan and BMW announced a Memorandum of Understanding to co-develop an electric vehicle charging network in South Africa.
The partners intends to jointly plan and build both AC and DC charging stations, but as they are using different charging inlets - DC chargers will be equipped with CHAdeMO and Combined Charging System 2 (CCS2). In the case of AC, the chargers will use European Type 2 only.
The press release doesn't contain any info on how many chargers will be installed.
"The agreement will see BMW SA and NSA roll out direct current (DC) fast-charging stations that are equipped with both the Combined Charging System 2 (CCS2) used by BMW's electric and plug-in hybrid models and the Charge de Move system (CHAdeMO) plug standards used by Nissan's 100% electric LEAF.
The national grid of charging stations will also make use of smaller alternating current (AC) type vehicle chargers in certain regions. As part of the newly signed agreement, these chargers will be equipped with 'Type 2' sockets that allow the connection of all EVs and PHEVs.
Planning and building a national electric vehicle charging infrastructure are major feats, and the grid will be managed by a joint task team comprising executives from both manufacturers."
Mike Whitfield, Managing Director of Nissan South Africa said:
"Our introduction of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF in 2013 was part of Nissan's global drive to advance sustainable mobility and to grow the market for zero-emission vehicles. With this in mind we believe our partnership with BMW SA is a sound investment to create a future-proof automobile industry."
Mr Tim Abbott, Managing Director of BMW South Africa commented:
"We have successfully launched the BMW i3 and i8. A key imperative of our strategy is to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is rolled out to help increase consumer confidence in the viability of electric vehicles. We therefore believe that in order for the introduction and expansion of electric vehicles as well as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to be successful in this market, we need to work together. Our partnership with Nissan is the first step towards that."
Mike Schüssler, chief economist of Economist.co.za and an automotive market specialist remarked:
"By sharing expertise, ideas and challenges BMW and Nissan will accelerate the growth and consumer acceptance of the EV and PHEV market to the benefit of the entire automotive industry. These organisations have shown the same insight in establishing a vehicle charging grid as they did in creating their futuristic electric vehicles."