Solareff is proud to include green mobility in our client offering through the acquisition of a 75% stake in GridCars – a South African based developer of electric vehicle charge point software management systems and supplier of charge points who has since grown from a start-up business to becoming the South African industry leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging. EV charge points powered by a solar PV system are an exciting, environmentally-friendly differentiating factor for your buildings!
Our investment enabled GridCars to reach the critical mass and scalability required to lead the industry and roll out a network of EV charging stations across the country which will be the enabler of a carbon-free transport system for South Africa.
At the end of 2018 GridCars, in partnership with Jaguar, set out to establish the foundation for the future of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in South Africa through the deployment of 82 new public charging stations nationwide. Part of this deployment was the establishment of the GridCars and Jaguar Powerway, which now consists of 52 charging stations located at various convenient stopovers, including fuel service stations, shopping malls and hotels along the N1 between Gauteng and Cape Town, the N2 between Cape Town and East London, and the N3 between Gauteng and Durban. The establishment of the Powerway has been a game changer for EV drivers as its makes long-distance travel possible within South Africa.
As leading electric vehicle charging authorities, GridCars continues to work with various players in the industry, including OEMs, property managers and traditional fuel companies, in order to effectively grow the national ChargePoint network. GridCars has also started to expand its services into other African countries.