Nissan Motor Corporation and BMW announced on May 25 that they will work to promote the adoption of EVs and PHVs (plug-in hybrid vehicles) in South Africa.
Both companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand the charging infrastructure in South Africa. With this partnership, both companies will use their expertise and will jointly plan and develop the charging network for EVs and PHVs.
This agreement will see BMW and Nissan roll out direct current (DC) fast-charging stations that are equipped with both the Combined Charging System 2 (CCS2) used by BMW EVs and PHVs and the Charge de Move System (CHAdeMO) used by Nissan’s electric car Leaf.
Nissan South Africa Managing Director Mike Whitfield commented, “We believe that our partnership with BMW SA is a sound investment to create a future-proof automobile industry.”
BMW South Africa Managing Director Tim Abbott said, “We need to work together to successfully introduce and expand the adoption of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles in South Africa. Our partnership with Nissan is the first step towards that.”
(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)