EV Charge Stations in SA: How Many & Where?


While sales volumes of full electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles remain small in South Africa, the recharge network has grown considerably. Let's have a look at just how many such facilities there are in Msanzi.

Four years ago, Nissan took a bold step in bringing its full electric vehicle – the Leaf – to the South African market. Fast forward to 2017, the Japanese manufacturer says it has met its target in terms of rolling out public charging stations to 7 sales and service dealers in Gauteng, and charging-only facilities to an additional 2 dealers.

The company’s initial local strategy for the Leaf was business-to-business, with a focus on Gauteng’s metropolitan areas. There are currently no Leaf dealers in Cape Town, but the company says it is looking at expanding into KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.

Nissan South Africa has told Cars.co.za that pure EV uptake is very slow as customers are aware of the limitations around travel distances and public charging infrastructure. Since the first EV went on sale in South Africa in 2013, fewer than 500 examples of the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3/i8 have been sold, but 2017 could be the EVs' best year yet...

As of May 2017, Nissan has a total of 9 charging facilities in Gauteng (listed below), and an additional 5 locations that are not attached to dealers (listed below).

Slowly expanding network

A map of the Western Cape showing the locations of the relatively few EV charge station locations. (blue pins)

Meanwhile, BMW South Africa, which launched the full electric i3 (and range-extender REX version) back in 2015, has been faster in its rollout of charging stations. There are currently 38 BMW i-dealerships dotted around South Africa in 8 provinces – listed below that have AC chargers. They are free for customers to use, provided it is activated with their Charge Now card.

There are currently only 4 BMW dealerships that have DC charging stations, namely Sandton Auto, SMG Cape Town, Supertech (Durban) and Club Fountains in Pretoria. BMW South Africa’s head office in Midrand also has public charging infrastructure with two AC chargers and one DC charger. Additionally, BMW has one solar car port charger available at its HQ.

AC chargers can power an i3 from 0 to 80% in approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, while DC chargers can do the same, but in a much faster 30 minutes.

Shared rollout

The joint charge facility at the V&A Waterfront in the Western Cape.

Between Nissan, BMW and Growthpoint Properties, there is a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share costs of public charging facilities, which is currently in place until 31 December 2017. So far, 2 of these facilities have been rolled out in the Western Cape, one at the V&A Waterfront and the other at Constantia Village.

BMW South Africa says it was important for these public charging stations to offer Type 2 connections that can be used by the i3, the hybrid i8 and the Leaf. These stations are future-proof and are able to cater for future EV and PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) models, says BMW.

A map of Gauteng showing the location of the majority of EV charge stations.(blue pins)

Going forward

BMW is currently in negotiations with key partners to expand the EV and PHEV public charging infrastructure in metropolitan areas throughout South Africa. Its focus areas in the coming months are to further expand into Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Meanwhile, Nissan is busy exploring its expansion with strategic partners but cannot confirm the number of additional charging facilities that will be made available.

Nissan Leaf Dealers

CMH Sandton - Corner Of Ballyclare & William Nicol Drive

Melrose Nissan - 89 Corlett Drive, Melrose North

Edenvale Nissan - Corner Of Van Riebeeck & Aitken Street

IC Roodepoort - 43 Van Vuuren Street

Imperial Nissan Menlyn - 116 Louis Avenue

Bb Hatfield Nissan - 1290 Corner of Pretorius & Richard Street

McCarthy Randburg - Corner Of Malibongwe And Avon Road

CMH Midrand - 451 New Road

Nissan The Glen - Cnr Lois & Skukuza Road

Other Charging Stations

Nissan Head Office ( Pretoria ) - 2 Ernest Oppenheimer Street

CSIR (Pretoria) - Meiring Naudé Road , Brummeria

Eskom Head Office (Johannesburg) - Megawatt Park – Maxwell Drive , Sunninghill

Melrose Arch ( Johannesburg ) - 60 Atholl Oaklands R oa d & Melrose B ou l e v ar d

BMW i dealerships

Gauteng (18)

Auto Alpina Boksburg - cnr North Rand Road and Pond Street, BEYERSPARK

Auto Alpina Springs - 33 Second Avenue, SPRINGS EXT

Auto Bavaria Midrand - Cnr New Rd And 16th Ave, HALFWAY HOUSE

Auto Glen Motors - Cnr Oak and Middle Lane, OAKDENE

Autobahn BMW - Corner Brabazon and Isando Road, ISANDO

Bedfordview - 8 Kings Road, Bedfordpark

Cedar Isle Auto - Cnr Witkoppen & Cedar Road, Dainfern

Clearwater - Cnr Hendrik Potgieter & Falls Rd, Little Falls

Club Motors Fountains - 84 Harmony Street, MUCKLENEUK

Joburg City Auto - 190 Commissioner Street, MARSHALLTOWN

JSN Motors - 41/43 Ormonde Street Cnr William Nicol , SANDTON

Leo Haese Centurion - 2023 Lenchen Avenue South, CENTURION COUNTRY CLUB

Leo Haese Pretoria - 1207 Burnett Street, HATFIELD

Menlyn Auto - Cnr January Masilela Dr and Garstfontein , MENLYN

Northcliff Auto - 11 Cresta lane, CRESTA

Sandton Auto - 126 Rivonia Road Cnr Daisy, Sandown

Vaalridge Auto - Cnr Johannesburg Rd & Gen Smuts Rd, Vereeniging

Zambesi Auto - 501 Breedt Street, Montana Gardens

Western Cape (7)

Auric Auto - Main Road, Claremont

Auto Atlantic - Cnr Heerengracht & Hertzog Boulevard, CENTRAL

Donford - C/O Cnr R44/ Webers Valley Road, Stellenbosch

Donford Helderberg - 47 Mynhardt Street, Goedehoop

Paarlberg BMW - 199 Main Road, PAARL

SMG Cape Town - 1 Century Way, CAPE TOWN

SMG Tygervalley - 1 Pasita Road, Tyger Valley

Kwazulu Natal (5)

Ballito Autohaus - 5 Moffat Drive, DOLPHIN COAST

SMG Durban - 41 Somtseu Road, STAMFORD HILL

SMG Pietermaritzburg - 9 Armitage Road, PIETERMARITZBURG

Smg Umhlanga - 2 Wilton Crescent, Umhlanga Rocks

Supertech Pinetown - 153 Old Main Road, NEW GERMANY

Eastern Cape (2)

Autohaus Monti - Cnr Pearce Street & 4th Avenue, BEREA

Continental Cars - 26 Ring Road, GREENACRES

Free State (1)

Sovereign - Cnr Charles and First Avenue, WESTDENE

Limpopo (1)

Modern Autohaus - 12 Iran Ave, POLOKWANE

Mpumalanga (2)

Eastview - 3 Emnotweni Avenue, NELSPRUIT

Eastview eMalahleni - 5 Corridor Cresent , BEN FLEUR

Northwest Province (2)

Best Auto - cnr 4th Ave and R24, WATERFALL EAST

Daly - 60 Margaretha Prinsloo Street, KLERKSDORP

Nissan, BMW, Growthpoint Property Public Charging Stations

Cape Town – V&A Waterfront

Cape Town – Constantia Village

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