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AIDC Eastern Cape, SABS sign MoU focused on EVs

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2022 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). This forms part of the AIDC EC’s strategy to position the domestic automotive supply chain for growth and innovation, particularly in... 

Repurposed EV battery cells to become vital cog in circular economy – Revov  

By: Irma Venter     25th January 2022 Electric vehicle (EV) batteries are designed to withstand high charge and discharge rates, as well as extreme operating conditions.  However, the current elephant in the room in the EV industry is what happens to the battery when it needs to be replaced, says Revov MD Lance Dickerson. 

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Revov installation at Shikwaru Lodge

Mercedes-Benz SA to launch five EVs this year, 8-year battery warranty added 

By: Irma Venter     24th January 2022 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will introduce five new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) from the global Mercedes-EQ range during 2022. This will form part of a “clear strategic push to position the brand as a global and local leader in the electric vehicle (EV) market”. 

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The EQA

Daimler Truck, BP to pilot hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks in UK

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2022 Daimler Truck and BP Advanced Mobility (BP) have announced that they will work together to accelerate the introduction of a hydrogen network in the UK, aimed at decarbonising freight transport. The parties intend to pilot the development of hydrogen infrastructure and the introduction of... 

Porsche, Siemens join world-first project to produce efuel in Chile

By: Irma Venter     21st January 2022 German sports-car manufacturer Porsche and Siemens Energy have joined forces with a number of international companies to build an industrial plant for the production of nearly carbon-dioxide-neutral fuel (efuel) in Punta Arenas, Chile.  A pilot plant is initially being built north of Punta... 

Audi rolls out ultrafast 150 kW EV charging network in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2022 Audi South Africa (SA) is partnering with GridCars to install ultrafast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country. In doing this, the local arm of the German car maker says it will become the first EV brand to invest in this technology at publicly accessible sites.  

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Moove rolls into Kenya, broadens vehicle finance to bikes and trucks 

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2022 Africa mobility fintech company Moove has launched operations in Nairobi, Kenya, its first city in East Africa and sixth on the continent.  To expand the company’s vehicle and product offerings to customers, the company has partnered with Uber to allow ride-hailing and delivery drivers to... 

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A Moove motorcycle taxi (Boda Boda)

VW looks to new types of fuel to cut emission levels in Europe

By: Irma Venter     13th January 2022 Volkswagen plans to reduce the carbon footprint of its fleet in Europe by 40% by 2030 by, for example, increasingly focusing on the development and sales of fully and partially electric vehicles. As a further alternative, however, the German car maker is now also approving models with the... 

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All models with 4-cylinder TDI engines, as with the Tiguan seen here, delivered since the end of June, 2021, can be refuelled with paraffinic fuels

Full EVs 65% of all new-car sales in Norway; in SA its 0.2%, hybrids included 

By: Irma Venter     12th January 2022 The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association (NEVA) reports that the Scandinavian country set a new record for electric vehicle (EV) sales in 2021, with 64.5% of all new cars sold fully electric. The association says last year turned out to be the year “EV sales skyrocketed in Norway, where... 

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The Tesla Model 3

BMW proposes the prospect of on-the-fly vehicle colour changes  

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2022 BMW this week unveiled the iX Flow featuring E Ink at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. The Munich-based premium car manufacturer is offering the prospect of a future technology that uses digitisation to adapt the exterior of a vehicle to different situations and individual wishes.  

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When stimulated by electrical signals, the electrophoretic technology brings different colour pigments to the surface, causing the body skin to take on the desired colouration

Mercedes-Benz unveils its vision for electric mobility – a 1 000 km car 

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2022 Are electric vehicles with their currently limited range suitable for one of life’s more iconic events – the road trip? Mercedes-Benz thinks so. The German car maker used this month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to lift the veil on a vehicle capable of tackling distances much longer... 

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The Vision EQXX

Peugeot introduces its first hydrogen fuel-cell commercial vehicle

By: Irma Venter     6th January 2022 Peugeot’s e-Expert Hydrogen fuel-cell van has entered production. With this, the French vehicle maker says it has become “one of the very first manufacturers to offer, in addition to its combustion and battery-electric versions, a hydrogen fuel-cell powered version in the commercial vehicle... 

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The Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen

Submissions for uYilo’s Kickstart Fund 2022 now open

By: Irma Venter     4th January 2022 The uYilo Electric Mobility Programme has opened the Kickstart Fund 2022 for submissions. uYilo was established in 2013 as a multistakeholder, collaborative programme focused on enabling, facilitating and mobilising electromobility (e-mobility) in South Africa.  

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And the new iX makes it three…

By: Irma Venter     4th January 2022 Starting from a cool R1.65-million, it is now possible to own BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) third fully electric vehicle available in the country – the new iX sports activity vehicle (SAV), adding to the i3 and electric Mini Cooper SE already on the market. The price includes a... 

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The new BMW iX

Toyota to launch 30 electric Toyota, Lexus models by 2030

By: Irma Venter     3rd January 2022 Toyota says it will launch 30 Toyota and Lexus battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2030, including the new Toyota bZ4X due for global release later this year. During his presentation, Toyota president Akio Toyoda announced that the Japanese car will expand its options for carbon-neutral vehicles... 

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Some of the BEVs Toyota will launch to 2030

Hydrogen-powered mobility to only take off after 2030 – Fitch Solutions 

By: Donna Slater     14th December 2021 While it expects hydrogen to be a major disruptor for the mobility ecosystem, the nascent maturity of the technology means that it will only “really see a meaningful impact” in decarbonising the transportation system towards the end of the decade, says Fitch Solutions principal autos analyst... 

Hydrogen-powered mobility to only take off after 2030 – Fitch Solutions

Electric Canter has arrived for local testing – DTBSA

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2021 The all-electric Fuso Canter (eCanter) has arrived in South Africa for local testing, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Michael Dietz. Earlier testing at the beginning of 2020 of a prototype light-duty eCanter with AB InBev Africa was interrupted by the advent of Covid-19. 

2023 cleaner fuels introduction plan gets thumbs up

By: Irma Venter     10th December 2021 Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it welcomes the announcement of the next step in government’s clean fuels programme, set to become effective in September 2023. The Department Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has gazetted the introduction of the next phase of the Clean Fuels... 

Jendamark Automation invests in a rooftop solar system

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2021 Jendamark Automation has installed a R3.2-million rooftop solar plant at its manufacturing facility in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape.  The system comprises 481 solar panels capable of generating up to 274.5 MWh of electricity a year. 

The Jendamark solar installation
The Jendamark facility

VWSA to introduce ID.4 EV test fleet in SA next year

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2021 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has taken the next step in its electric mobility strategy, which kicked off in 2020 with the launch of an electric-Golf test fleet.  The e-Golfs were used for research purposes and testing by motoring media, as well as Volkswagen dealers, in an effort to gain... 

Chip shortage to slow global auto sales recovery – S&P 

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2021 The intensifying semiconductor shortage will slow the post-Covid-19 global recovery of light-vehicle sales over the next two years, says S&P Global Ratings in a newly published report. “In our revised scenario, we now expect light-vehicle sales will increase more moderately by about 2% to 4% in... 

New Ranger to spark big rise in production and exports from Ford’s Silverton plant

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2021 Ford South Africa (SA) is on schedule with its R15.8-billion expansion programme to significantly boost its exports from the Silverton plant in Pretoria as from next year, says Ford Motor Company Africa president Neale Hill. Ford SA will produce the new-generation Ranger pick-up at the Tshwane... 

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Industry body helps to develop electric vehicle capabilities

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd December 2021 Local automotive industry body the Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has aligned its strategy and resources to facilitate the attainment of the South African Automotive Masterplan targets in the Eastern Cape, states AIDC EC CEO Thabo Shenxane. These targets include... 

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THABO SHENXANE Our research continues to monitor export opportunities in Africa with a view to providing the Eastern Cape with scientific and evidence-based interventions

Tesla’s SA partner raising renewable energy’s profile in SA 

1st December 2021 US automotive manufacturer Tesla’s South African partner, Rubicon Group brought the first Tesla Model X Performance Edition all-electric sports utility vehicle into the country to raise renewable energy’s profile in the country. Simone Liedtke, who saw a demonstration of the vehicle, tells us more. 

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Tesla’s SA partner raising renewable energy’s profile in SA

Auto execs confident industry will see more profitable growth in next five years – survey

By: Simone Liedtke     30th November 2021 Global automotive executives are confident that the industry will see more profitable growth in the next five years and that the market share of electric vehicles (EVs) will grow dramatically by 2030, a new survey by KPMG shows. KPMG’s Annual Global Automotive Executive survey further finds that... 

Team appointed to study feasibility of rolling out green transport in Gauteng

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2021 Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has appointed Gauteng Transport Authority head Jack van der Merwe to lead a team to investigate the possibility of rolling out green transport, including electric vehicles (EVs), within the structures of the provincial... 

DTIC to submit EV policy to Cabinet before year-end – Mlota

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) should present a refined new-energy vehicle (NEV) policy to Cabinet before the end of the year, says DTIC automotives chief director Mkhululi Mlota. The DTIC in May issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in... 

Auto industry welcomes the introduction of cleaner fuels in 2023 – Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2021 Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it welcomes the announcement of the next step in government’s clean fuels programme, set to become effective in September 2023. The Department Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) earlier this year gazetted the introduction of the next phase of the... 

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Ford unveils the brand-new, set to be made-in-South Africa Ranger bakkie  

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2021 The new Ranger bakkie – or the new Ranger midsize truck, as it is known in the US – finally broke cover on Wednesday. Production of the pickup is set to start at Ford South Africa’s Silverton plant in Pretoria next year for the local market, as well as for more than 100 export markets. 

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Semiconductor shortage to continue into 2022 – DTBSA

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2021 The global shortage of semiconductors, or computer chips, will remain an issue well into 2022, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Michael Dietz. He confirms that the local truck and bus maker is especially affected by the shortage, as it is a premium brand with sophisticated... 

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Maretha Gerber

Sharp production drop at VW, Daimler as semiconductor shortage bites

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2021 Two German automakers at the end of October reported that they have been heavily impacted on by the global semiconductor shortage and that the problem is likely to persist beyond this year. Volkswagen (VW) saw third-quarter vehicle deliveries decline by 26%, to 1.1-million vehicles. 

Electric Canter has arrived for local testing – DTBSA

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2021 The all-electric Fuso Canter (eCanter) has arrived in South Africa for local testing, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Michael Dietz. Earlier testing at the beginning of 2020 of a prototype light-duty eCanter with AB InBev Africa was interrupted by the arrival of Covid-19. 

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The eCanter

DTIC to submit EV policy to Cabinet before the end of the year – Mlota  

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) should present a refined new-energy vehicle (NEV) policy to Cabinet before the end of the year, says DTIC automotives chief director Mkhululi Mlota. The DTIC in May issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in... 

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Mkhululi Mlota

Mamabolo appoints team to look at EVs, green transport deployment in Gauteng govt 

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2021 Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has appointed Gauteng Transport Authority head Jack van der Merwe to lead a team to investigate the possibility of rolling out green transport, including electric vehicles (EVs), within the structures of the provincial... 

Jack van der Merwe
Jack van der Merwe

Western lithium-ion supply chain weakness to slow EV adoption – GlobalData

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2021 Data and analytics company GlobalData reports that weakness in availability of lithium-ion battery materials in Western countries is set to impede electric vehicle (EV) adoption and serves to demonstrate China’s dominance of the EV market. China dominates the lithium-ion battery supply chain,... 

SA green-tech company pilots 100% electric reefer trailers in The Netherlands

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2021 Four companies have initiated a nine-month pilot project in The Netherlands, which will see diesel refrigeration systems in semi-trailers replaced by zero-emission battery-electric prototypes.  This is the first time that refrigerated trailers are being run by 100% electric eco-sustainable power.  

Effects of global supply chain disruptions, civil unrest still a dominant theme – Metair

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2021 Metair warns that the second half of its 2021 financial year will continue to be dominated by the impact of Covid-19, as well as the “severe effect” of global supply chain disruptions and the global shortage of semiconductors. Metair manufactures, assembles, distributes and retails energy storage... 

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