Charging an electric car in South Africa may not be as bad as you may think. There are over 250 public electric car chargers available for use in South Africa. To make better sense of electric car charging in South Africa, we have to separate electric car charging into 3 main categories.
Charging your electric car at home is by far the most convenient and cost-effective one of the three categories. Not only can you charge your electric car while you are sleeping instead of “destination charging”, but charging your electric car at home is also the cheapest of the 3 charging categories. While the cost of electricity in South Africa is still among the highest in the world (at R2,56 per kWh on average), the running cost of charging your electric car at home still pales in comparison to public charging.
Car Dealership Charging
Most car dealerships in South Africa that sell electric cars have both DC and AC charging facilities (see charging types below) at the dealership. There are approximately 100 chargers located at dealerships across South Africa. Most are accessible 24/7 as public electric car charge points. Car dealership electric car charging can be categorised under Public Charging too if you will, but I have decided to keep it separate here to distinguish.
There are about 160 public electric car charging points across South Africa. Situated at major shopping malls, hotels, guest houses and traditional filling stations. The majority of the electric car DC fast chargers are situated along South Africa’s major highways (N1, N2, N3 and N4) and are approximately 200km apart.