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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.

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.

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.

Slowly expanding network

The map of the South Africa shows the locations of the relatively few EV charge station locations.

Shared rollout

Between Nissan, BMW and Growthpoint Properties, there is a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share costs of public charging facilities. 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.

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.

Nissan Leaf Dealers

  1. CMH Sandton - Corner Of Ballyclare & William Nicol Drive

  2. Melrose Nissan - 89 Corlett Drive, Melrose North

  3. Edenvale Nissan - Corner Of Van Riebeeck & Aitken Street

  4. IC Roodepoort - 43 Van Vuuren Street

  5. Imperial Nissan Menlyn - 116 Louis Avenue

  6. Bb Hatfield Nissan - 1290 Corner of Pretorius & Richard Street

  7. McCarthy Randburg - Corner Of Malibongwe And Avon Road

  8. CMH Midrand - 451 New Road

  9. Nissan The Glen - Cnr Lois & Skukuza Road

Other Nissan Charging Stations

  1. Nissan Head Office ( Pretoria ) - 2 Ernest Oppenheimer Street

  2. CSIR (Pretoria) - Meiring Naudé Road , Brummeria

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

  4. Melrose Arch ( Johannesburg ) - 60 Atholl Oaklands R oa d & Melrose Boulevard

BMW i dealerships


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

  2. Auto Alpina Springs - 33 Second Avenue, SPRINGS EXT

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

  4. Auto Glen Motors - Cnr Oak and Middle Lane, OAKDENE

  5. Autobahn BMW - Corner Brabazon and Isando Road, ISANDO

  6. Bedfordview - 8 Kings Road, Bedfordpark

  7. Cedar Isle Auto - Cnr Witkoppen & Cedar Road, Dainfern

  8. Clearwater - Cnr Hendrik Potgieter & Falls Rd, Little Falls

  9. Club Motors Fountains - 84 Harmony Street, MUCKLENEUK

  10. Joburg City Auto - 190 Commissioner Street, MARSHALLTOWN

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

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

  13. Leo Haese Pretoria - 1207 Burnett Street, HATFIELD

  14. Menlyn Auto - Cnr January Masilela Dr and Garstfontein , MENLYN

  15. Northcliff Auto - 11 Cresta lane, CRESTA

  16. Sandton Auto - 126 Rivonia Road Cnr Daisy, Sandown

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

  18. Zambesi Auto - 501 Breedt Street, Montana Gardens

Western Cape:

  1. Auric Auto - Main Road, Claremont

  2. Auto Atlantic - Cnr Heerengracht & Hertzog Boulevard, CENTRAL

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

  4. Donford Helderberg - 47 Mynhardt Street, Goedehoop

  5. Paarlberg BMW - 199 Main Road, PAARL

  6. SMG Cape Town - 1 Century Way, CAPE TOWN

  7. SMG Tygervalley - 1 Pasita Road, Tyger Valley

Kwazulu Natal:

  1. Ballito Autohaus - 5 Moffat Drive, DOLPHIN COAST

  2. SMG Durban - 41 Somtseu Road, STAMFORD HILL

  3. SMG Pietermaritzburg - 9 Armitage Road, PIETERMARITZBURG

  4. Smg Umhlanga - 2 Wilton Crescent, Umhlanga Rocks

  5. Supertech Pinetown - 153 Old Main Road, NEW GERMANY

Eastern Cape:
  1. Autohaus Monti - Cnr Pearce Street & 4th Avenue, BEREA

  2. Continental Cars - 26 Ring Road, GREENACRES

Free State:
  1. Sovereign - Cnr Charles and First Avenue, WESTDENE

  1. Modern Autohaus - 12 Iran Ave, POLOKWANE

  1. Eastview - 3 Emnotweni Avenue, NELSPRUIT

  2. Eastview eMalahleni - 5 Corridor Cresent , BEN FLEUR

Northwest Province:

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

  2. Daly - 60 Margaretha Prinsloo Street, KLERKSDORP

Growthpoint Property Public Charging Stations:

  1. Cape Town – V&A Waterfront

  2. Cape Town – Constantia Village

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