Mercedes investing R40 million into a charging network in SA

Mercedes-Benz South Africa has unveiled plans to invest substantial funds in the development of the country’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. The luxury German automaker has partnered with Chargify for the construction of over 120 charging stations across South Africa, catering to the increasing number of EVs on the nation’s roads. Mercedes, known for its diverse range of EVs in South Africa, including EQ and EQ AMG models, will contribute R15 million in the initial phase, followed by an additional R25 million in the second phase.

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Chargify is actively deploying AC and fast-charging DC stations at key locations such as airports, shopping malls, restaurant hubs, private hospitals, expansion sites, residential estates, and small towns throughout the country. The first phase aims to install 67 Mercedes-Benz EQ-branded charging stations by the first quarter of the coming year, with an emphasis on providing a reliable charging network for current customers and instilling confidence in potential EV adopters.

The second phase will add 60 more charging stations, bringing the total to 127 Mercedes-Benz EQ-branded charging stations. Existing locations include BT Ngebs Mall and Mayfair Hotel in Mthatha, Woodhill Estate and Country Club, Da Vinci Hotel in Sandton, Champagne Castle in the Drakensberg, Highwaymans in Pilgrims Rest, Courtyard Sandton, and Silvermist Wine Estate. Upcoming installations are planned for Plettenberg Hotel, Wilderness Hotel, Swartberg Hotel in Prince Albert, and Karoo Junction Mall in Beaufort West.

Mercedes-Benz South Africa, in collaboration with Chargify, aims to build the country’s most extensive EV public charging network. By establishing partnerships and relationships with various sites and operational partners like GridCars, Chargify contributes to the growth of this network. All Mercedes-Benz EQ customers will enjoy a 10% discount when utilizing the Chargify network, further promoting the adoption of electric vehicles in South Africa.