6 Mar 24

Mercedes-Benz to expand charging network in South Africa

Mercedes-Benz to expand charging network in South Africa

Mercedes-Benz is preparing to expand its charging network across South Africa, following an investment of R40 million (€1,945 million), aiming to install 127 charging stations. 

Committed to its fully-fledged electrification strategy, Mercedes-Benz is boosting efforts to become greener in the major global markets and key developing regions, including South Africa. The country is the perfect spot to hasten e-mobility transformation throughout the MEA (the Middle East and Africa), and one of the first steps is to expand the charging infrastructure. 

The German giant has a two-phase plan. By the end of Q1 2024, R15 million (around €730,000) will be invested to install 67 Mercedes-Benz EQ-branded charging stations. An additional R25 million (€1,216 million) will be invested in the second phase to install 60 charging stations nationwide. 

The installation of new charging stations will be undertaken under the strategic partnership with Chargify, a charging point operator (CPO) developing AC and fast-charging DC stations. Chargify prioritises metropolitan areas, such as airports and shopping malls, to install charging stations, followed by small towns across South Africa.  

The charging network expansion is part of expanding Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD), which aims to increase electrification in South Africa and create new jobs. 

Mercedes-Benz charging stations will be compatible with other electric vehicle (EV) brand models through the partnership with Chargify, aiming to provide 'luxury and peace of mind of a comprehensive charging network' to all EV drivers, says Mercedes-Benz. 

The 'Ambition 2039' target outlines Mercedes-Benz's electrification strategy, representing the year the brand aims to reach carbon neutrality.

The main photo is courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Authored by: Mufit Yilmaz Gokmen