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A Massive Step Forward for South Africa’s EV Infrastructure

Zero Carbon Charge (ZCC) has inked a R1-billion deal to bring new 480kW electric-car “superchargers” to South Africa. The South African company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Chinese energy storage systems manufacturer Shanghai Magic Power Tech (otherwise referred to as Magic Power) and its local partner Greencore Energy Solutions to import and build the first-of-its-kind charging stations around the country. The superchargers will be installed at the 120 renewable charging stations that are already being built by ZCC and will be able to replenish any electric vehicle (EV) at its maximum rate. At present, the most powerful EV charger in the country is an Audi-branded 200kW station at the Mall of Africa in Gauteng, Tesla’s superchargers only go up to 350kW at select locations in Europe and the US, and the “world’s fastest car charger” produced by ABB only does 380kW.

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