By Farirai Machivenyika
Harare – South Africa-based electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Agilitee SA is installing 100 charging stations in that country.
Construction of the EV charging stations is being done in partnership with GridCars Proprietary Limited.
A voluntary statement to shareholders on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on the development reads: “Following the conclusion of the due diligence exercise and the confirmation of the Board to continue with the acquisition, the Company notes that Agilitee SA has accepted a proposal from GridCars Proprietary Limited for the building and operation of a network of 100 electric vehicle charging stations in South Africa in several phases.
“GridCars will be appointed as the Charge Point Operator and will have certain rights to negotiate on behalf of Agilitee SA.”
GridCars is a leader in building and operating such networks in South Africa, and construction of the stations will add to the 150 that are already operational in the country.
“These new Agilitee stations will charge all electric vehicles, not just Agilitee motorbikes, but also all four-wheel electric vehicles. Agilitee has signed the proposal to expedite the process of adoption of EV by bolstering the infrastructure development, with the first operational charging stations planned for handover in the last quarter of 2021,” reads the statement.
Agilitee SA chief executive officer Dr Mandla Lamba said the infrastructure would benefit the whole industry in South Africa.
“This transaction with GridCars will help us build the infrastructure not just for Agilitee but for the whole industry. In South Africa we have just seen the EV bus by a company called Golden Arrow which I am so proud of.
“This is a sign Africa is ready for Electric Vehicles and Agilitee as a pioneer of the industry in the continent we have decided to put more efforts on infrastructure development starting in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. We believe in the future of our continent and our ability to build an eco-friendly environment for all the people of Africa,” he said.