As the electric vehicle (EV) market in South Africa continues to grow, the demand for reliable and sustainable charging stations becomes increasingly crucial. In addressing this need, Zero Carbon Charge (ZCC), a pioneering EV charging station contractor based in Vredendal, is leading the way by creating a network of off-grid charging stations across the country.
ZCC sets itself apart from conventional charging stations by establishing entirely self-sustainable charging facilities that do not rely on South Africa’s conventional energy provider, Eskom. Instead, ZCC harnesses the country’s abundant and renewable supply of solar energy. By utilizing solar power, ZCC not only reduces its carbon footprint but also provides a clean and eco-friendly way to charge EVs.
In a significant milestone, the construction of ZCC’s first EV charging station has officially begun in Wolmaransstad. This station is part of a grand plan to establish 120 charging stations strategically located at 150km intervals throughout South Africa. This extensive network aims to offer convenient access to charging facilities for EV owners nationwide.
By investing R1.8 billion in this venture, ZCC demonstrates a steadfast commitment to sustainable energy solutions. The charging stations will employ solar photovoltaic (PV) setups to generate electricity. The power will then be stored in lithium-iron phosphate batteries. Additionally, each station will be equipped with backup generators fueled by hydrotreated vegetable oil, offering a remarkable 90% reduction in carbon emissions compared to traditional diesel generators.
ZCC’s charging stations boast speedy charging capabilities, featuring 720 DC ultra-fast charge points for EVs and 240 AC charge points for plug-in hybrids. With this technology, EV owners can charge their vehicles in just 20 minutes, making it one of the fastest charging solutions available.
ZCC has set an ambitious target to complete the construction of all 120 charging stations by September 2025, aligning with the projected EV revolution in South Africa over the next five years. By providing a sustainable and efficient charging infrastructure, ZCC aims to support the expected growth of EV adoption, ultimately contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable future for electric vehicles in the country.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How does Zero Carbon Charge’s charging stations differ from conventional charging stations?
A: Zero Carbon Charge’s charging stations are self-sustainable and off-grid, relying solely on solar energy. This eliminates the need for conventional energy providers, reducing carbon emissions and providing a cleaner charging solution for EVs.
Q: How long does it take to charge an EV at Zero Carbon Charge’s stations?
A: According to Zero Carbon Charge, their stations can charge an EV in about 20 minutes, thanks to their ultra-fast charge points for EVs.
Q: When will Zero Carbon Charge’s charging stations be available?
A: Zero Carbon Charge aims to complete the construction of all 120 charging stations by September 2025, in preparation for the anticipated EV boom in South Africa.
Q: How does Zero Carbon Charge plan to ensure reliability during times of low solar energy generation?
A: Each charging station is equipped with backup generators fueled by hydrotreated vegetable oil, offering an alternative power source when solar energy is not sufficient.