No, the futuristic device located next to the Engen garage at Constantia Village is not a petrol station for aliens. It is a charging station for electric-powered vehicles, and is the first of its kind in the Southern Suburbs.
The electric vehicle charging (or e-charge) unit was installed on 22 November 2016, as a combined project with BMW and Nissan. Constantiaberg Bulletin reporter Karen Watkins chatted with BMW Group’s Alan Boyd, who explained that the Constantia Village was chosen for its geographical location and potential electric vehicle (EV) coverage.
According to Boyd, all BMW I customers will be able to see the charging station on their BMW I app and on the vehicle’s navigation system. A simple swipe of your radio-frequency identification (RFID) card grants electric vehicle owners access to the unit; connect the charging cable to the unit and the vehicle will start charging.
The e-charge unit is just another forward-thinking initiative that The Constantia Village had added to its list of green projects. Solar panels, an on-site edible garden project and a recycling depot are among several other green projects the centre has launched in a bid to promote sustainable green-living.
Contact Centre Management at 021 794 5065 to find out more about using the e-charge unit and how you can help us continue to drive green-living in the Southern Suburbs.