Nissan and BMW Electric Vehicle Collaboration
Nissan and BMW have confirmed that they will collaborate to advance (EV) Electric Vehicle and (PHEV) plug-in hybrid vehicle adoption in South Africa.
Nissan South Africa (NSA) and BMW Group (BMW SA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to plan and build a national grid of EV and PHEV vehicle charging stations for use by both Nissan and BMW vehicles.
“Our introduction of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF in 2013 was part of Nissan’s global drive to advance sustainable mobility and to grow the market for zero-emmission vehicles. With this in mind we believe our partnership with BMW Sa is a sound investment to create a future-proof automobile industry,” says Mike Whitfield, Managing Director of Nissan South Africa.
For both Nissan and BMW, a sound infrastructure is imperative to introducing, maintaining and expanding the electric vehicle and plug-in electric vehicle market. The partnership between the two corporations is the first step towards achieving this.
The infrastructure currently consists of (DC) direct current fast charging stations. These are equipped with the CCS2 system used by BMW vehicles and the Charge de Move system (CHAdeMO) plug standards used by Nissan’s 100% electric LEAF. A national grid of charging stations will make use of the two above mentioned standards as well as housing ‘Type 2’ sockets that allow the connection of all other Electric Vehicles and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles.
The Nissan LEAF was the world’s first mass-produced electric vehicle, winning the World Car of the Year in 2011. Launched locally in 2013, its innovative design, modern battery technology and Nissan pedigree has kept it at the forefront of electric vehicle technology. With rising fuel costs worldwide, the Nissan LEAF is becoming an attractive alternative to Petrol and Diesel powered vehicles.
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