BMW launches first solar carport charging facility in South Africa
PLUS Comment from our VEVC President — see below.
Johannesburg, 21 May 2016
German automaker BMW has launched its first solar carport charging facility in the country. It now makes it possible for electric and plug-in hybrid models to charge completely using green energy.
German automaker BMW has launched its first solar carport charging facility in South Africa. It now makes it possible for electric and plug-in hybrid models to charge completely using green energy. It is all about harnessing the sun’s energy. A live readout shows how much power is being generated to charge the electric car.
“I think the solar revolution has started. We already see major supermarkets want charging infrastructure,” said BMW SA Managing Director Tim Abbott. “It will only be a question of time before they look at solar power as well. The payback on solar power has gone down from 12 years to 7 years. So I think it is inevitable that they will pick up this technology.
The automaker says with the amount of sunshine that the country receives this energy source should be explored.
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By Manfred Wissemann
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My house in the picture below showing a solar carport addition and a roof cover, a cover that can hardly be noticed.
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