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Legislation, infrastructure crucial for electromobility to thrive in South Africa

     17th November 2017 Tim Abbott contends that, with favourable legislation and the requisite infrastructure, South Africa's burgeoning electric-vehicle market will thrive There is no doubt that the long-term future of automotive mobility includes electric vehicles (EVs). In 2016, nearly 774 000 EVs and plug-in hybrid... 

South African market could see ten EV models in 2020, says Audi’s Hill 

By: Irma Venter     12th October 2017 There could be roughly ten battery electric vehicles (BEVs) on sale in the South African market by 2020, estimates Audi South Africa (SA) head Trevor Hill. There are currently two: The Nissan Leaf and the BMW i3. 

Solareff makes green-mobility acquisition

By: Irma Venter     22nd 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.... 

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 Group to launch electric three-door Mini

By: Anine Kilian     26th July 2017 BMW Group’s new battery-electric Mini, a variant of the brand's core three-door model, will go into production in 2019. The fully electric car will increase the choice of Mini powertrains to include petrol and diesel internal combustion engines, a plug-in hybrid and a battery electric vehicle. 

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... 

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... 

BMW shrugs off SA’s power woes with electric-vehicle launch

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2015 A second full electric vehicle has entered the South African market, following the local debut of the Nissan Leaf in 2013. The BMW i3 BEV sells for R525 000, while the derivative with a range extender, the i3 REx, sells for R595 000. 

SA sees launch of second electric vehicle, BMW’s first plug-in hybrid 

By: Irma Venter     6th March 2015 A second full electric vehicle has entered the South African market, following the local debut of the Nissan Leaf in 2013. The BMW i3 BEV sells for R525 000, while the derivative with a range extender, the i3 REx, sells for R595 000. 

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... 

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. 

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. 

BMW underlines its commitment to SA, but flags missed opportunity

By: Irma Venter     1st November 2013 BMW South Africa (SA) remained 100% committed to production in South Africa, says MD Bodo Donauer. He confirms that the local arm of the German manufacturer missed out on an opportunity to possibly produce a second model at its Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria, owing to the recent labour turmoil in the... 

BMW '100% committed' to SA; i3, i8 to debut in SA next year

By: Irma Venter     17th October 2013 BMW South Africa (SA) remained 100% committed to production in South Africa, said MD Bodo Donauer on Tuesday. Speaking at the Johannesburg International Motorshow, he confirmed that the local arm of the German manufacturer had missed out on an opportunity to possibly produce a second model at its... 

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... 

Luxury car maker offers glimpse into its greener future

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2012 The May launch of the ActiveHybrid 5 provides just the first glimmer of BMW South Africa’s (SA’s) green ambitions, it seems. 

BMW 5 Series hybrid kicks off German car maker's green campaign 

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2012 The May launch of the ActiveHybrid 5 provides just the first glimmer of BMW South Africa’s (SA’s) green ambitions, it seems. Group automotive communications manager Edward Makwana says the luxury car maker’s first hybrid model will be followed by the launch of the 7 Series hybrid, in September,... 

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