Electric car ownership may just have become a bit more appealing for SA consumers, thanks to a nationwide rollout of charging stations by Jaguar SA. In preparation for the arrival of Jaguar’s first fully electric vehicle (EV) in SA next year, the company plans to have 82 new public charging stations operational this month. The network will be open to all EVs and will extend the range of such cars beyond the confines of urban areas, making long-distance journeys possible without a drop of petrol. The R30m project is in partnership with GridCars, a provider of charging systems. The network will include 52 stations to form part of an intercity "Jaguar Powerway" along the N1, N2 and N3. It will enable car owners to drive between Joburg, Durban and Cape Town along the Garden Route without worrying about a flat battery. The ambitious deadline is to ensure that the company has ample time to manage any issues before the launch of its I-Pace, a fully electric vehicle that has an estimated ra...

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