Airports Company South Africa and BMW South Africa launch electric vehicle charging stations

 Airports Company South Africa and BMW South Africa launch electric vehicle charging stations

Airports  Company  South  Africaand  BMW  South Africa today announced the launch of BMW ChargeNow electric vehicle (EV) charging stationsat O.R.  Tambo  International  Airport,Cape  Town  International  Airportand King  Shaka International Airport.

EVs accessing the BMW ChargeNow stations will now enjoy exclusive parking bays atthree airports.O.R.Tambo  International  and  Cape  Town  International  Airport  will  each  have  two ChargeNow stations that accommodate up to four cars at a time, while King Shaka International Airport has one ChargeNow station able to charge two cars at a time.

The BMW ChargeNow stationsare located at prominent areas with maximum exposure, and can be found at:

O.R.  Tambo  International  Airport, conveniently  located  in Parkade  2  South,  level  2(follow the Premium Parking directional signs)

Cape Town International Airport, on the ground floor of Parkade 1

King Shaka International Airport, on Level ‘0’ of the Multi-Storey Parkade

To welcome the partnership with BMW South Africa, Airports Company South Africa will cover all electricity costs associated with the charging stations for a period of 12 months from date of launch. Additionally, BMW EV drivers will enjoy free parking [for a maximum of fourdays ata time] at the three airports during the month of November.This is to allow other EV users the opportunity to park and fly as well.

Speaking at the launch event held atO.R. Tambo International Airport, Airports Company South Africa Acting Chief Executive Officer Fundi Sithebe said:“Our airports continue to break new ground in terms of innovation and the introduction of infrastructure that seeks to enhance the passenger experience.

“We are delighted to launch the first electric vehicle charging stations at African airports. These charging bays willreduce the number one concern most electric vehicle drivers havewhich isrange anxiety. From today,BMW EV usersmay drive to and from our three airports with comfort because while they travel,we will be charging their vehicles,” said Sithebe.

“We are grateful to our partner BMW South Africa for its partnership in this initiative. With both the  vehicle  and  air  transport  sectors  endeavouring  to  reduce  their  environmental  impacts, services such as this will play an increasing role in coming years,”said Sithebe.

Tim  Abbott,  Chief  Executive  Officer,  BMW  Group  South  Africa  &  Sub-Saharan  Africa,  said: “These  new  ChargeNow  stations in  Johannesburg,  Cape  Town  and  Durbanare  physical manifestations of the seismic change our industry is going through.

“I’d like to thank ACSA for its vision, as integrated transport is at the heart of convenience. As the move to EVs gathers pace, I imagine we’ll see more of thesepartnerships.

We’ve been rolling out charging infrastructure across the country since we launched the BMW i3 and BMW i8 in 2015, and these charging points take our tally of BMW ChargeNow charging pointsto more than 60.”

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