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Fleet management system to be installed on all Hino trucks

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2021 Full fleet management system Hino-Connect will from now on be installed as standard on the entire range of trucks offered by Hino South Africa (SA), including the Dyna, 300, 500 and 700 models. The project is a joint venture with mobility solutions provider Cartrack. 

Johan van Zyl returns to Toyota SA to help plot company’s long-term strategy 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2021 Dr Johan van Zyl has stepped down as Toyota Motors Europe president and CEO, and has returned to Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to serve as executive chairperson. Van Zyl was TSAM president and CEO, as well as Africa region CEO, before his departure to Europe six years ago.  

Johan van Zyl returns to Toyota SA to help plot company’s long-term strategy 
Johan van Zyl

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions 

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2021 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report is warning of a potential supply deficit for some of the ‘critical minerals’ needed to support a global shift in the energy system that is aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as the growing number of country commitments to cutting... 

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions

TWIMS receives R18m for the advancement of manufacturing in SA, rest of Africa 

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 The advancement of manufacturing in South Africa and on the rest of the continent has received a boost from four South African manufacturers. JSE-listed groups Illovo Africa, Metair and The Foschini Group (TFG), as well as local vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), have pledged... 

TWIMS receives R18m for the advancement of manufacturing in SA, rest of Africa
The TWIMS campus

Golden Arrow rolls out electric bus pilot study

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS), in Cape Town, has started testing two fully electric buses in an effort to determine the viability of introducing the technology to its fleet, says GABS company engineer Gideon Neethling. The tests will continue until January next year. 

Electrified vehicle sales in SA remain dismal, says uYilo

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 The cumulative number of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sold in South Africa since 2013 had reached only 637 units by the end of 2020, says uYilo eMobility Programme director Hiten Parmar. The BMW i3 leads the market by a substantial margin, at 445 vehicles, followed by the Nissan Leaf, at 94... 

No timeframe yet for the development of green hydrogen corridor – Toyota SA

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 There is no time or cost framework yet for the proposed pilot project by Sasol and Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to develop a green hydrogen mobility corridor, says the local arm of the Japanese car maker. “We have just started this exploration, hence no time and cost information may be made... 

Electric car sales jumped by 41% last year; Europe now the largest market 

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2021 The global sales of electric cars grew by 41% last year, despite the shock of Covid-19, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its ‘Global Electric Vehicle Outlook 2021’ report. The IEA’s Jacopo Tattini, who coordinated the analysis and production of the report, says many people expected... 

Electric car sales jumped by 41% last year; Europe now the largest market

Kia to assess local appetite for electric vehicles with newly unveiled EV6

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2021 Kia Motors South Africa (KMSA) will “initially, at the very least” bring a single EV6 unit to the domestic market to “gather intelligence” and to conduct “feasibility studies” on the possibility of introducing this electric vehicle (EV) into the local market, says KMSA marketing GM Christo... 

Tata to increase product range, footprint in Africa

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) aims to double its turnover in the next four years, says CEO Len Brand. He has been leading a turnaround at the group that will see TIA enter its third year of profitability for the financial year ending March 31. 

Consumers delaying car purchases owing to Covid-19

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2021 Deloitte’s 2021 Global Automotive Consumer Study has found that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on consumer behaviour in the automotive industry.  The study surveyed more than 24 000 consumers in 23 countries, including South Africa. 

GridCars warns fleet operators to time the EV revolution correctly

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2021 There is a “very real danger” that fleet owners may be stuck with stranded assets if they do not time the change-over to battery electric or fuel-cell vehicles correctly, says GridCars MD Winstone Jordaan. GridCars is a South African EV charging solution specialist. 

GridCars warns fleet operators to time the EV revolution correctly

No timeframe yet for the development of green hydrogen corridor – Toyota SA 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2021 There is no time or cost framework yet for the proposed pilot project by Sasol and Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to develop a green hydrogen mobility corridor, says the local arm of the Japanese car maker. “We have just started this exploration, hence no time and cost information may be made... 

No timeframe yet for the development of green hydrogen corridor – Toyota SA
A new generation Toyota fuel-cell truck

Battery supply chain market attracted $21bn of investment in 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2021 Research agency Fitch Solutions says global investment of more than $21-billion toward the electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain shows the urgency of market expansion. With Western Europe claiming the biggest share of investment, it reflects the focus on producing EVs in the region and the... 

AFC Energy extends partnership with ABB, sets out to raise £35m

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2021 Aim-listed hydrogen technology developer AFC Energy has entered into a strategic partnership with technology group ABB regarding the development of electric vehicle (EV) charging systems. ABB is investing £3.25-million into AFC Energy, as a commitment to the international e-mobility market to... 

2024 debut for first all-electric Land Rover, Jaguar to be EV-only brand

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 Jaguar Land Rover says its Reimagine plan will see the electrification of both the Land Rover and Jaguar brands on separate architectures with “two clear, unique personalities”.  The British carmaker says Land Rover will welcome six pure electric variants in the next five years. 

New VWSA chief outlines vision for navigating the electric revolution and African market growth

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 An informal ‘contract’ signed at a conference, on a serviette, can hardly be viewed as a binding document, but somehow it saw Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Dr Robert Cisek make his way to Kariega (formerly known as Uitenhage) to take over the reins at the local arm of... 

New VWSA chief outlines vision for navigating the electric revolution and African market growth

Volkswagen Rwanda unveils second charging station for electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2021 Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda (VWMSR) has unveiled its second charging station for electric vehicles (EVs) in the capital of Kigali. The Volkswagen brand introduced a fleet of four e-Golfs and one charging station in Kigali in October, 2019, as part of an e-mobility pilot project in... 

Volkswagen Rwanda unveils second charging station for electric vehicles

Golden Arrow rolls out electric bus pilot study  

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2021 Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS), in Cape Town, has started testing two fully electric buses in an effort to determine the viability of introducing the technology to its fleet, says GABS company engineer Gideon Neethling. The tests will continue until January next year. 

Golden Arrow rolls out electric bus pilot study

Sasol takes ambitious steps towards becoming a green-hydrogen major  

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2021 Energy and Chemicals group Sasol made announcements on Tuesday that potentially open the way for the coal- and gas-heavy company to begin an energy transition designed to reposition it as a green hydrogen major and a leading global producer of carbon-neutral jet fuel. CEO Fleetwood Grobler... 

Sasol takes ambitious steps towards becoming a green-hydrogen major
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

SVI puts a bulletproof vest on the VW Amarok

By: Irma Venter     13th April 2021 Armoured product manufacturer SVI Engineering has extended the range of armoured bakkies available in South Africa to include the 190 kW V6 Amarok. SVI’s clients opted for the ultimate civilian level of armoured protection, namely B6, on the vehicle, able to stop bullets fired from assault rifles... 

SVI puts a bulletproof vest on the VW Amarok

Renergen inks landmark Phase 2 helium contract

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2021 Domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen has inked its first helium sales agreement with a global tier-one automotive supplier in what is the company’s first direct-to-customer helium deal. For reasons of confidentiality, Renergen says that it is unable to disclose who the customer is or... 

Volvo Car SA to bring host of EVs to South Africa

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 Volvo Car South Africa (SA) MD Greg Maruszewski says the local arm of the Swedish car manufacturer plans to bring the full range of Volvo electric vehicles (EVs) to South Africa, but adds that “business dynamics will obviously contribute to the decision”. Volvo Car SA will launch the Swedish... 

SA-UK PACT announces funding for uYilo’s EV capacity building project

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 The South Africa-UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (SA-UK PACT) programme has announced that it will fund ten local projects to the tune of more than £3-million.  The aim is to help South Africa transition to a low-carbon, inclusive, climate-resilient economy and society. 

Tata launches e-commerce parts portal

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 Tata International Africa has launched an e-commerce parts website and portal.  The online store – partskart.co.za – will enable customers anywhere in South Africa, including those in the remotest parts of the country, to order Tata and Daewoo heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) parts, with doorstep... 

Tata Africa to expand its product range and footprint in Africa, says Brand  

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) aims to double its turnover in the next four years, says CEO Len Brand. Brand has been leading a turnaround at the group that will see TIA enter its third year of profitability for the financial year ending March 31. 

Tata Africa to expand its product range and footprint in Africa, says Brand
Len Brand

Consumers are delaying car purchases owing to Covid-19 – Deloitte report 

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2021 Deloitte’s 2021 Global Automotive Consumer Study has found that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on consumer behaviour in the automotive industry.  The study surveyed more than 24 000 consumers in 23 countries, including South Africa. 

Consumers are delaying car purchases owing to Covid-19 – Deloitte report

Volvo aiming to be EV-only group by 2030

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2021 Volvo Cars says it aims to become a fully electric vehicle (EV) company, on a global level, by 2030. By then, the company intends to sell only fully electric cars and phase out any car in its global portfolio with an internal combustion engine, including hybrids. 

Metair won’t build lithium-ion plant in South Africa unless it secures offtake deal

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2021 Newly appointed Metair CEO Riaz Haffejee says the group is in a “good position” to be a “good partner” to a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery manufacturer in South Africa, or to partner with a vehicle manufacturer to produce these batteries. He says the group is currently piloting a plant at its... 

Kia SA to assess local EV appetite, infrastructure with EV6 test unit(s) 

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2021 Kia Motors South Africa (KMSA) will “initially, at the very least” bring a single EV6 unit to the domestic market to “gather intelligence” and to conduct “feasibility studies” on the possibility of introducing this electric vehicle (EV) to the local market, says KMSA marketing GM Christo... 

Kia SA to assess local EV appetite, infrastructure with EV6 test unit(s)
The Kia EV6

Jaguar Land Rover SA shows the AA the ropes on EV recovery 

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2021 Jaguar Land Rover South Africa (JLRSA) has partnered with the Automobile Association (AA) to train a group of line managers on electric vehicle-specific roadside assistance and vehicle recovery. JLRSA’s training academy in Pretoria opened its doors to the AA to share its technical expertise on a... 

Jaguar Land Rover SA shows the AA the ropes on EV recovery

First Extreme E racing season kicks off on April 3

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 The new established Extreme E off-road racing series is about to kick off, with the vehicles of the nine participating teams on their way across the Mediterranean to the inaugural race on April 3 and 4, in Saudi Arabia. Extreme E is an off-road racing championship for all-electric sports-utility... 

First Extreme E racing season kicks off on April 3

AAAM, German partner to develop Ethiopian auto policy  

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has been appointed to develop an automotive policy for the Ethiopian government that will ultimately aim to encourage global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs, or vehicle manufacturers) and component manufacturers to invest in... 

AAAM, German partner to develop Ethiopian auto policy 
David Coffey

African auto industry financing MoU signed

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the financing and promotion of the automotive industry in Africa.  “The strategic partnership with AAAM will facilitate the... 

Volvo Car SA to bring host of EVs to South Africa, says MD 

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 Volvo Car South Africa (SA) MD Greg Maruszewski says the local arm of the Swedish car manufacturer plans to bring the full range of Volvo electric vehicles (EVs) to South Africa, but adds that “business dynamics will obviously contribute to the decision”. Volvo Car SA will launch the Swedish... 

Volvo Car SA to bring host of EVs to South Africa, says MD

EVs to account for lion’s share of global vehicle sales by 2038 – South African auto body

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 Electric vehicle (EV) sales are forecast to exceed internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle sales by 2038, with sales in the European Union (EU) projected to comprise 40% EVs by 2030, and 80% by 2040, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council in its fourth-quarter (Q4) business review. “The... 

Naamsa adopts new name

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) has announced a change in its naming conventions, as it says it represents a wider community of stakeholders than only vehicle manufacturers.  “Traditionally, we were established to primarily represent the interests of... 

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