Clean energy charging network roll out picking up speed
Zero Carbon Charge (ZeroCC), the local electric vehicle (EV) Charging Station developer, has reach a milestone by signing up 65 Network Partners on 23 November 2022. “Our first phase target is to establish 120 Charging Stations, 150km apart on all the national roads and some busy provincial routes in South Africa,” said Joubert Roux, co-founder, and director of operations of ZeroCC.
Roux also announced that the N2 – SA’s longest national route at 2255km – is rapidly reaching capacity.
“We now have nine Network Partners along the N2, from Dassiesfontein to Tsitsikamma, from Pongola to Ermelo,” said Roux.
Negotiations are well underway to finalize contracts with more Network Partners.
Zero Carbon Charge Network map
We now have a live interactive map indicating the locations of ZeroCC EV charging stations in development. The map will be updated as new Network Partners signs up. A glance of just how extensive the ZeroCC footprint will be across South Africa.
Landowners next to a national road (N) or busy provincial route (R) with a registered exit or turnoff, who believe they can fill a gap on the ZeroCC map can follow this link to the online form, or scan this QR code.
“Do not miss out on the once in a lifetime opportunity to become part of the energy value chain. It’s almost like drilling for oil on your own property – only cleaner!” says Roux.
Rethinking the energy value chain
The advent of electric vehicles and the extent of charging infrastructure and associated energy generation required will have a transformational impact on rural economies and employment. A complete devolution of the energy value chain. A permanent transfer of wealth from oil producing countries and major oil companies to a more local rural model.
According to Roux, signing up sites will be an ongoing process. The number of EVs will continue to increase as the population of the country grows, and so will the demand for electricity. “The current Eskom grid cannot handle current demand and was not designed with future electricity demand in mind.” said Roux “South Africa needs to re-think electricity supply, and ZeroCC’s aim is to be a driver in this new paradigm.”
Elmien de Wet