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Electric trucking no silver bullet, but pace of development picking up

By: Irma Venter     14th December 2018 Perusing the floor of the 67th IAA commercial vehicle fair, held in Hannover, Germany, in September, it was clear that the electric truck (ET) is not just a passing fancy. Yes, the so-called electric revolution may not happen in the next year, and not yet for long-distance, heavy-duty deliveries,... 

E-hailing goods service Droppa to expand to WCape, KZN next year 

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2018 It’s like Uber, but for goods, not people. New e-hailing service Droppa allows you to book a small bakkie or truck to pick up and deliver that fridge that needs moving, or those chairs required at a wedding, or to take home that dinner table you just bought. Droppa is the brainchild of... 

E-hailing goods service Droppa to expand to WCape, KZN next year
Photo by Dylan Slater
Khathu Mufamadi

Bloodhound supersonic car project halted

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th December 2018 Project Bloodhound, the initiative to break the land-speed world record, has been halted, owing to a lack of funds, BBC News and other media reported at the weekend. Engineering News in October reported that Bloodhound Programme, the UK company behind the project, had entered into administration,... 

The switch to EVs needs plugs on the world's remotest roads

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2018 The whole four-hour drive to Coober Pedy, Wiebe Wakker knew the inevitable was coming. Less than 15 miles outside town, a sun-scorched outpost of Australia’s Outback that’s served as a backdrop for Mad Max movies, the battery of his electric car ran out. Wakker, a 31-year-old Dutchman, steered... 

3D printing surging globally and South Africa is making its mark

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2018 The global take-off of Additive Manufacturing (AM, popularly called 3D printing), it is now apparent, took place some six years ago. "2012 was a turning point in AM, globally," consultancy Wohlers Associates President Terry Wohlers tells "Engineering News". "The technology really gained... 

3D printing surging globally and South Africa is making its mark

New APDP has right intent, but sets challenging targets, says Ford MD 

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2018 Ford South Africa (SA) and sub-Saharan Africa is still digesting what exactly government’s revised Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) means for its operations in South Africa, says MD Neale Hill. Cabinet has approved extending the current APDP to 2035, but with a target of... 

New APDP has right intent, but sets challenging targets, says Ford MD
Neale Hill

Cabinet approves extension of motor industry support programme to 2035 

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2018 Cabinet announced on Thursday that it had approved the extension of the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) from 2021 to 2035. The government support programme for the domestic vehicle manufacturing industry was originally scheduled to come to an end in 2020. 

Cabinet approves extension of motor industry support programme to 2035

Risk of remote cyber control of vehicles growing, says cybersecurity firm VP 

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2018 The risk of remote cyber control of vehicles is growing as more cars become constantly connected to the Internet via a cellular link, says Inside Secure strategy VP Asaf Ashkenazi. Inside Secure is a France-based mobile and connected devices security solutions provider. 

 Risk of remote cyber control of vehicles growing, says cybersecurity firm VP
Asaf Ashkenazi

Ford starts production of Raptor engine in Port Elizabeth 

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2018 The Ford Struandale engine plant, in Port Elizabeth, has started production of the new-generation diesel engines that are set to power the Ford Ranger Raptor and selected Ranger and Everest models that will be launched in the first half of 2019. The Port Elizabeth facility opened its doors in... 

Ford starts production of Raptor engine in Port Elizabeth

Startup launches water-based fuel

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2018 An Australian-Israeli startup says it has found a way to use water to power fuel-cell vehicles. Electriq-Global, formerly known as Terragenic, has developed a fuel that comprises 60% water. The company says its technology extracts hydrogen from the water-based fuel, which is then harnessed to... 

Startup launches water-based fuel
Guy Michrowski

Motus about more than car sales, says acting CEO 

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2018 Motus is on track to list on the JSE on November 22, in the specialised retail sector, following the unbundling of the Imperial group into its two main businesses: Imperial Logistics and Motus, with the latter housing all of its automotive related activities. Imperial was, in fact, founded as a... 

Motus about more than car sales, says acting CEO
Ockert Janse van Rensburg

Merc’s first electric car to make SA debut in 2019

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2018 Mercedes-Benz’s first battery electric vehicle (EV) will make its debut in South Africa next year, with sales to start in 2020, says Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa marketing director Selvin Govender. The special edition EQC models to hit the road in 2019 will serve to create awareness for... 

Merc’s first electric car to make SA debut in 2019
The Mercedes-Benz EQC

Natural gas cheaper than soaring diesel, petrol, says NGV Gas  

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2018 When compared with petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas (CNG) is the most economic transport fuel, believes CNG group sales and marketing manager Wayne Williams. “On 26 September, natural gas was R7.10c cheaper than a litre of 95 octane petrol in Johannesburg,” he... 

Natural gas cheaper than soaring diesel, petrol, says NGV Gas

Jaguar’s first electric car to cost a cool R1.69-million in SA 

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2018 South Africa’s third commercially available fully electric vehicle (EV) will make its local debut early in 2019, at a starting price of R1.69-million. The Jaguar I-Pace sports-utility vehicle (SUV) will be available in three trim grades, namely S, SE and HSE, as well as a special first edition,... 

Jaguar’s first electric car to cost a cool R1.69-million in SA

Mercedes-Benz unveils self-driving, electric, interchangeable van vision 

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2018 The future of the van is self-driving, electric and versatile, says Mercedes-Benz. The German manufacturer unveiled its Vision Urbanetic at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicle show in Germany last month. The envisaged new member of the Mercedes-Benz Vans family will be based on an all-electric... 

 Mercedes-Benz unveils self-driving, electric, interchangeable van vision
The Vision Urbanetic explained

Jaguar I-Pace EV drives from JHB to Durban on two charges 

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2018 Jaguar has successfully completed the long-distance journey between Johannesburg and Durban in its all-electric I-Pace, using the recently announced Powerway network to charge the vehicle. The pre-production Jaguar I-Pace, in South Africa for testing and homologation purposes, began its trip with... 

Mazda to deploy electrification in all of its production vehicles by 2030

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2018 Mazda will deploy some form of electrification in all of its production vehicles by 2030. The Japanese car maker expects internal combustion engines, combined with some form of electrification, such as plug-in hybrids, to account for 95% of the vehicles it produces by 2030, and battery electric... 

 Mazda to deploy electrification in all of its production vehicles by 2030

Dutch team Nuon outruns Japan’s Tokai to take gold in Sasol Solar Challenge

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2018 Dutch team Nuon has taken top honours in the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge, arriving in Stellenbosch on the weekend with 4 030.4 km on the clock. Nuon’s close rivals from Japan, team Tokai, completed 3 941.4 km, and had to be satisfied with second place. 

 Dutch team Nuon outruns Japan’s Tokai to take gold in Sasol Solar Challenge
Dutch team Nuon on the weekend took gold in the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge

Mercedes-Benz aims for 2021 series production of electric Actros

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2018 Mercedes-Benz last week unveiled the electric Actros heavy-duty truck. The first eActros was delivered to German logistics company Hermes in September for use under real-life conditions. 

Mercedes-Benz aims for 2021 series production of electric Actros
The eActros

No side-mirrors for new Actros truck, digital cab unveiled 

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2018 The launch last week of the updated Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy truck in Germany saw the long-touted concept of the MirrorCam finally make its production debut. Gone are the large exterior side-mirrors in favour of two cameras, located outside the vehicle, and two 15-inch in-cab tablets that... 

No side-mirrors for new Actros truck, digital cab unveiled
The new Actros boasts technology that will perform an emergency stop if the driver fails to spot a pedestrian.

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train enters commercial service

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train, the Coradia iLint, made its debut this past weekend. The train is equipped with fuel cells that convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, thereby eliminating pollutant emissions related to propulsion. 

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train enters commercial service

Jaguar launches R30m EV charging network in SA

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2018 Jaguar, in partnership with electric vehicle (EV) charging company GridCars, will install 82 new public charging stations for EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) in the country’s major hubs, as well as along frequently-travelled holiday routes. The R30-million infrastructure investment should... 

Jaguar launches R30m EV charging network in SA
Jaguar's EV network coverage

Passenger EV sales hit four-million units, fifth million expected in March

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2018 Cumulative passenger electric vehicle (EV) sales have, most likely, surpassed four-million units at the beginning of September, says Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF). This includes battery electric passenger vehicles and plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles. 

 Passenger EV sales hit four-million units, fifth million expected in March

Radar Optiwave aids measurement

31st August 2018 Industrial instrumentation solutions manufacturer and supplier Khrohne says the use of radar has expanded into various sectors. 

Mobility as a Service could be defining in the future of city transport – ITLS

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2018 Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) can, when integrated with smart mobility and public transport, provide efficient transport services for city inhabitants, says Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) founder and director and Sydney Business School Professor David Hensher. Speaking at a... 

Electromobility the future of transport infrastructure

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 On the back of introducing its all-electric Volvo FL and FE trucks, global manufacturing company Volvo Trucks aims to be the leading sustainable transport solutions provider globally. Sales and series production of the new Volvo FL and FE trucks – designed for urban distribution and refuse... 

Electromobility the future of transport infrastructure
POLICY PUSH Electromobility technology will become essential to the global transport industry as environment-focused legislative policies begin to take effect

Auto thought leader on need to build Tier 2 and 3 suppliers as local content falls

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 The South African automotive industry is eagerly awaiting the announcement of the details of government’s new support programme, the Automotive Masterplan, which is set to guide the industry’s investment activities from 2020 to 2035. The masterplan will perhaps be South Africa’s most challenging... 

Auto thought leader on need to build Tier 2 and 3 suppliers as local content falls

Metair to deliver its first lithium-ion batteries before the end of the year

By: Irma Venter     16th August 2018 JSE-listed Metair will deliver its first production lithium-ion batteries to a customer before the end of the year. Metair is a distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components. 

 Metair to deliver its first lithium-ion batteries before the end of the year
Theo Loock

Embrace new auto tech, or pay more for old tech, warns Nissan

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2018 South Africa is behind the curve on the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), and this is not a sustainable situation, warns Nissan South Africa MD Mike Whitfield. “Industry and government need to cooperate a lot more. We are behind the curve. There are no two ways about it. The interaction... 

Embrace new auto tech, or pay more for old tech, warns Nissan

New design introduced for global dealerships

27th July 2018 Last month, automotive manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced that it will introduce a new design for the interior and exterior of about 5 000 dealer stores globally. The move is based on the new brand message ‘Drive your Ambition’, initiated in October last year, and is intended to... 

Ford hits carbon emissions reduction target eight years early

27th July 2018 In June, automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company announced that it had met its goal to reduce manufacturing emissions – eight years ahead of schedule. Ford hit the target twice as fast as expected. The results are dramatic, with a global manufacturing carbon emissions reduction of more than... 

Ford hits carbon  emissions reduction  target eight years early
EMISSION OMISSION Ford’s plug-in Hybrids score a 10 for lowered greenhouse gas emissions

New Actros promises R300 000 in savings, despite SA’s dirty fuel

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2018 The new Mercedes-Benz Actros truck can save South African fleet owners up to 6% in fuel compared with the previous model, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) executive director Jasper Hafkamp. If calculated over a four-year period, this could mean a saving of up to R300 000 per... 

New Actros promises R300 000 in savings, despite SA’s dirty fuel
The new Mercedes-Benz Actros

Terrafugia flying car to hit market in 2019

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2018 Flying car manufacturer Terrafugia has announced that its first production vehicles will come to market in 2019. Newly added and/or improved features in the 2019 Transition production vehicle – a two-seater car and aircraft – will include updates to the interior, safety systems, motor and flight... 

Terrafugia flying car to hit market in 2019

Bridgestone South Africa’s manufacturing plant showcases rubber innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone South Africa on Wednesday hosted a media tour of its 186 027 m2 manufacturing facility in Brits, North West, to showcase how its technology has evolved from the 1950s to date. Bridgestone manufactures passenger radial, light truck radial, truck and bus radial, and... 

Bridgestone South Africa’s manufacturing plant showcases rubber innovation
Bridgestone manufacturing plant, in Brits

Truck dealerships facing a tough future, says BB Group CEO

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2018 The number of truck dealerships in South Africa will decrease over the next few years, says BB Motor Group CEO Arnold du Plessis. The 59-year-old BB Group owns 33 dealerships, ranging from passenger cars to heavy trucks. 

Truck dealerships facing a tough future, says BB Group CEO

Installation of water metering system complete

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Utility management company Bosch Munitech in March completed the design and installation of a metering and monitoring system to manage water consumption for the Lower Berg River Irrigation Board, in the Western Cape. The company was appointed last year in November to install the Krohne Waterflux... 

Installation of water  metering system complete
COMPLIANT The Krohne Waterflux electromagnetic flow meter is a low maintenance water meter which meets stringent potable water standards designed for bidirectional flow measurement

Technology provides digital water solution for Africa

6th July 2018 The water industry has been focused on ushering in a new era of water management, with an emphasis on automation, the Internet of Things (IoT) and sophisticated data management and analysis software that enables the water end-user or plant operator to have valuable, actionable information, says... 

Technology provides  digital water solution  for Africa
GOING DIGITAL Siemens shows how digitalisation of water management processes is creating impressive new possibilities to increase efficiency and reduce costs
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