Launch of South Africa’s first national network of 100% renewable energy powered EV charging stations

On Monday 20 November 2023, Zero Carbon Charge PTY Ltd, in partnership with the Maquassi Hills Local Municipality in the North West Province, will officially break ground to begin construction of South Africa’s first network of 100% renewable energy commercial charging station for electric vehicles (EVs) near Wolmaransstad.

This launch is a historical milestone in South Africa’s transition from fossil-fuels to renewable energy sources. The Wolmaransstad charging station will be the first in a network of 120 renewable energy powered electric vehicle charging sites across the country, spaced out at 150km intervals.

The charging sites will be 100% green and completely off-grid. Each charging point will be able to charge an electric passenger vehicle in 20-25 minutes. Zero Carbon Charge has signed-up close to 100 landowners across South Africa’s national and regional roads to create a network of facilities that will cater for the charging needs of electric vehicles travelling across the country.

The sites earmarked for EV charging stations are currently going through the various stages of applications and permitting processes. The investment worth R1,8bn will boost South Africa’s rural economies by providing local jobs, opportunities for local produce and product sales and an additional revenue stream for farmers. Landowners will earn 5% of the revenue generated from vehicle-charging on their land, whilst a percentage of revenue will also be reinvested in local socio-economic development initiatives.

Date: Monday 20 November 2023

Time: 10h00

Location: Farm Flair Site, Maquassi, Wolmaransstad, North West (click here for map)

There will be opportunities to interview Mayor Mzwandile Feliti ; Municipal Manager Thuli Mbonani; Joubert Roux, Co-Founder Zero Carbon Charge; Andries Malherbe, Co-Founder Zero Carbon Charge; Jan Holiday, landowner; Brenton Abrahams, landowner partner.