Eat your heart out Elon Musk, the city of Cape Town has opened its second Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station, situated in the parking area of the Somerset West Civic Centre.
Electric vehicles and eMobility market as a whole offers the City and its residents an opportunity to create a healthier, more inclusive metro. The addition of a new charging station will hopefully encourage more people to invest in electric vehicles going forward.
The City of Cape Town selected the Bellville Civic Centre and Somerset West Civic Centre as the locations for the first charging stations because of their convenience, safety and visible locations. The EV Chargers were donated to the City by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).
“This kind of proactive response to climate change will assist our city’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic over the coming years as the green economy offers new opportunities for businesses and job seekers. It also helps to ensure that the local economy can continue to trade competitively in a global world that is rapidly rejecting carbon-intensive goods and services,” said City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti.
The City of Cape Town has opened its second public electric vehicle (EV) charging station, situated in the parking area of the Somerset West Civic Centre.
— City of Cape Town (@CityofCT) March 29, 2021
Electric transport key to climate action:
In support of the growing global momentum to tackle climate change, Cape Town, along with cities in South Africa and worldwide, has committed to achieving carbon neutrality and climate resilience by 2050. This goal can, however, only be reached through significant transitions in urban form, energy sources, transportation and resource efficiency. A key element is cleaning up sources of electricity and the electrification of transport around the Western Cape, and South Africa as a whole.
Take a look at the measures the city put into place when installing the new EV charging stations below:
Picture: City of Cape Town