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Private sector makes first move to build electric vehicle infrastructure in SA

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2017 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) group, Alviva Holdings, has, through its subsidiary Solareff, acquired 75% of GridCars, a Pretoria-based startup that focuses on the manufacture of electric vehicle (EV) charge points and back office charge point management systems.... 

BMW i-brand now best-selling electric vehicle in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2017 Two years after its market launch in South Africa, the BMW i-brand has established itself as the best selling electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the country. Since the i-brand’s market introduction in March 2015, a total of 419 BMW i models have been delivered to... 

BMW SA seeks greater govt commitment for EV expansion in SA 

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2017 Two years after its market launch in South Africa, the BMW i-brand has established itself as the best selling electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the country. Since the i-brand’s market introduction in March 2015, a total of 419 BMW i models have been delivered to... 

Tesla expects SA offering to become increasingly attractive as tariffs rise

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 Tesla has finally arrived in South Africa, even if in a somewhat unexpected guise. With the availability of the US company’s electric cars apparently still some way off, South Africans do, however, now have access to its energy storage solutions. The stationary, rechargeable lithium-ion battery... 

Tesla arrives in South Africa, targets energy market first 

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2016 Tesla has finally arrived in South Africa, even if in a somewhat unexpected guise. With the availability of the US company’s electric cars apparently still some way off, South Africans do, however, now have access to its energy storage solutions. The stationary, rechargeable lithium-ion battery... 

Energy efficient charging of electric vehicles successfully piloted at PE varsity

     25th November 2016 By Heather Dugmore After a year of development, a smart grid pilot project for the energy efficient charging of electric vehicles (EVs) through battery storage and energy management across a network of charging stations has proved successful. 

BMW, Nissan expand national charging footprint for electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2016 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) and Nissan South Africa has expanded the national charging footprint for electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEV) with the introduction of their first joint charging stations in the Western Cape. The continued roll-out of charging... 

BMW, Nissan roll out electric car charging stations in Cape Town 

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2016 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) and Nissan South Africa are expanding the national charging footprint for electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (PHEV) with the introduction of their first joint charging stations in the Western Cape. The continued roll-out of charging... 

Renewable-energy prices reach low of $0.03/kWh 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 New technologies and the rapid rise of renewable energy have shaken up the global energy landscape, with prices falling to below $0.03/kWh. “We are now in the world of three cent renewable energy,” said Bloomberg New Energy Finance UK advisory board chairperson and founder Michael Liebreich. 

BMW SA and Uber to pilot electric vehicle service in Joburg

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has partnered with Uber to bring the UberGREEN service to market. The UberGREEN service is a pilot project taking place from May 9 to June 3, in Johannesburg. 

Volvo SUV crowned South Africa’s 2016 Car of the Year

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2016 The Volvo XC90 sports-utility vehicle has been crowned as South Africa’s 2016 Car of the Year, as voted for by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. The twelve finalists in the competition were the Citroen C4 Cactus, Ford Fusion, Honda HR-V, Jaguar XE, Kia Sorento, Land Rover Discovery... 

Volvo XC90 named SA Car of the Year

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2016 The Volvo XC90 sports-utility vehicle has been crowned as South Africa’s 2016 Car of the Year, as voted for by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. The twelve finalists in the competition were the Citroen C4 Cactus, Ford Fusion, Honda HR-V, Jaguar XE, Kia Sorento, Land Rover Discovery... 

In 50 years, most of us will drive electric vehicles, says BMW head of development

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2015 Klaus Fröhlich is a pragmatic man. When asked for a list of technologies BMW will be working on over the next 20 years, the management board member responsible for development selects only two. 

In 50 years, most of us will drive electric vehicles, says BMW head of development

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2015 Klaus Fröhlich is a pragmatic man. When asked for a list of technologies BMW will be working on over the next twenty years, the management board member responsible for development selects only two. 

BMW’s South African unit deploying electric-vehicle charging infrastructure

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2015 BMW Group South Africa (SA) has rolled out the first phase of public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The alternating current (ac) charger, which is located in the heart of Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, features two parking bays... 

VW debacle puts favourable spotlight on zero-emission platinum fuel cell 

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2015 The attack on diesel vehicles and the Volkswagen emissions debacle are putting a favourable new spotlight on the zero-emission value of fuel cell electric vehicles that use considerable volumes of platinum. This year has seen several global car manufacturers steadfastly advancing the... 

BMW SA unveils first public charging stations for electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     18th September 2015 BMW Group South Africa (SA) has rolled out the first phase of public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The alternating current (ac) charger, which is located in the heart of Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, features two parking bays... 

BMW, Nissan team up on plan to develop SA grid for electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2015 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) and Nissan South Africa (NSA) has signed a memorandum of agreement that will see the two vehicle manufacturers jointly plan and build a national grid of electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) vehicle charging stations for use by both Nissan and BMW... 

BMW, Nissan SA join forces to roll out electric vehicle infrastructure

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2015 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) and Nissan South Africa (NSA) on Monday signed a memorandum of agreement that would see the two vehicle manufacturers jointly plan and build a national grid of electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) vehicle charging stations for use by both Nissan... 

As the computer and the car merge, a new automotive world awaits 

By: Irma Venter     27th February 2015 More than a century following the invention of the automobile, the horseless carriage continues to evolve. Following an array of developments over the years, such as power steering, run-flat tyres, turbo engines, windscreen wipers, air conditioning, radio and music systems, the car is ready to... 

As the computer and the car merge, a new automotive world awaits

By: Irma Venter     27th February 2015 More than a century following the invention of the automobile, the horseless carriage continues to evolve. Following an array of developments over the years, such as power steering, run-flat tyres, turbo engines, windscreen wipers, air-conditioning, radio and music systems, the car is ready to... 

SA dealers selected to showcase hybrid, electric Bimmers

By: Irma Venter     6th February 2015 Four dealerships in South Africa will sell the BMW i3 electric city car and the i8 hybrid sports car when these vehicles go on sale in the domestic market in March. BMW Group South Africa (SA) says these dealerships will be Club Motors Fountains, in Pretoria; Sandton Auto, in Johannesburg; SMG,... 

BMW to launch electric vehicle in SA in March 

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2015 Four dealerships in South Africa will sell the BMW i3 electric city car and the i8 hybrid sports car when these vehicles go on sale in the domestic market in March. BMW Group South Africa (SA) said on Monday that these dealerships would be Club Motors Fountains, in Pretoria; Sandton Auto, in... 

BMW i South Africa and Schneider Electric seal partnership deal for customer-friendly electric mobility.

     27th August 2014 Kempton Park. BMW South Africa today announced a far-reaching partnership with Schneider Electric, in order to forge ahead with its strategy for customer-friendly electric mobility. The partnership agreement includes checking the electrical installation in customers’ homes, supplying and... 

Schneider Electric, BMW to partner on i3 charging technology 

By: Leandi Kolver     26th August 2014 BMW South Africa sales and marketing director Antonio Antela Martinez has reiterated plans to launch the i3 electric vehicle and the i8 hybrid car in South Africa in March or April 2015, while also announcing that the automotive manufacturer has partnered with global energy management company... 

Emission free driving: BMW electric car to be showcased at SA’s first Schneider Electric Xperience Efficiency event

     15th August 2014 Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has announced that it will be showcasing the BMW i3, an electric vehicle by the German auto manufacturer, at its prestigious Xperience Efficiency event, taking place at the Birchwood Conference Centre from 26-27 August 2014. The BMW i3... 

BMW delays SA launch of electric, hybrid models to 2015

By: Irma Venter     25th April 2014 BMW South Africa has postponed the introduction of the i3 city car and i8 supercar to March 2015, says spokesperson Edward Makwana. The i3 is an electric vehicle, and the i8 a plug-in hybrid. Both models were scheduled for local introduction this year. 

No electric car without plastic

     7th April 2014 BASF with materials and construction know-how in the BMW i3: • New seat structure made of Ultramid® (PA) • Multifunctional body reinforcement made of Ultradur® (PBT) • Self-supporting rear seat shell made of Elastolit® (PU) • Structural reinforcement for the roof frame made of Elastolit® D (PU) 

Local debut of BMW i3 electric vehicle, i8 hybrid delayed to 2015

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2014 BMW South Africa has postponed the introduction of the i3 city car and i8 supercar to March 2015, says spokesperson Edward Makwana. The i3 is an electric vehicle, and the i8 a plug-in hybrid. Both models were scheduled for local introduction this year. 

BASF supplies paints for innovative electric car

     7th February 2014 New BMW i3 body design presents new challenges for the coating BASF and BMW have once again teamed up, this time for the i3, the BMW Group’s first model driven purely by electric power. BASF is supplying basecoats in four colours for the new i3 production line at the BMW plant in Leipzig. The i3... 

Electric-car demand expected to come from government, corporates

By: Irma Venter     13th December 2013 Sales of electric cars should pick up once more such vehicles become available on the South African market, says Nissan South Africa (SA) chief marketing manager Ross Garvie. The local arm of the Japanese car company launched the country’s first fully electric vehicle (EV) in November. 

Electric vehicles make commercial debut in SA as Nissan unveils Leaf  

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2013 Sales of electric cars should pick up once more such vehicles become available on the South African market, said Nissan South Africa (SA) chief marketing manager Ross Garvie, on Thursday, as the local arm of the Japanese car company launched the country’s first fully electric vehicle (EV). It was... 

Web-connected concept car on display at Joburg exhibition 

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2013 Ford’s Evos concept car will make its South African debut at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS), to be held from October 16 to 27, and BMW will lift the veil on its electric i3. The Evos concept reveals the US car maker’s new global design language, while providing a glimpse of... 

Ford to show Evos concept at Joburg motor show, BMW to unveil i3

By: Irma Venter     17th September 2013 Ford’s Evos concept car will make its South African debut at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS), to be held from October 16 to 27, and BMW will lift the veil on its electric i3. The Evos concept reveals the US car maker’s new global design language, while providing a glimpse of... 

Electric BMW i3 makes its debut, SA launch set for April

By: Irma Venter     16th August 2013 Germany’s BMW Group on Monday unveiled its new i3 in the major global hubs of New York, London and Beijing. The i3 is the luxury brand’s first pure electric series-produced model. “Innovation drives change. The i3 is more than just a car. It’s a revolutionary step towards sustainable mobility. It... 

Electric BMW i3 makes its debut, SA launch set for April 

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2013 Germany’s BMW Group on Monday unveiled its new i3 in the major global hubs of New York, London and Beijing. The i3 is the luxury brand’s first pure electric series-produced model. “Innovation drives change. The i3 is more than just a car. It’s a revolutionary step towards sustainable mobility. It... 

BMW to launch electric, plug-in hybrid cars in South Africa during 2014

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2013 BMW will launch its alternative drive i3 and i8 models in South Africa next year, the German manufacturer has confirmed. This will follow on from the i3’s international unveiling this year, with the i8 to follow next year. 

BMW’s i3 electric vehicle and i8 plug-in hybrid to make SA debut in 2014

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2013 BMW will launch its alternative drive i3 and i8 models in South Africa next year, the German manufacturer has confirmed. This will follow on from the i3’s international unveiling this year, with the i8 to follow next year. The i3 – previously known as the Megacity Vehicle – will be BMW’s first... 

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