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Schneider launches local EV charging solution
23rd May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric has launched a local electric vehicle (EV) charging solution, to cater for African countries’ transition away from fossil fuel-powered... 


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Daimler Truck Southern Africa launches electric heavy-duty truck range
22nd May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA) has launched a line of electric heavy-duty trucks, called eActros, as part of its Power Up electric mobility offering.... 


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Zero Carbon Charge signs MoU with Free State govt on EV charger rollout
20th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Zero Carbon Charge (Zero CC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Free State provincial government on the introduction of what it describes as a “network of solar-powered,... 


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Yet more Chinese imports on their way, this time electric, and available to rent
17th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Local importer of Dongfeng Sokon Automobile (DFSK) battery electric vehicles (BEV), Enviro Automotive, says it will make a number of additions to its vehicle line-up. The company introduced the... 


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Opinion: Government must come to the party on new-energy vehicles
17th May 2024

The automotive sector requires policy certainty and investment incentives to meet the challenges of the future and sustain its vital role in the economy, writes Nedbank Commercial Banking... 


Startup to build 120 off-grid e-truck charging sites
17th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Electric vehicle charging startup Zero Carbon Charge has launched a new subsidiary, Zero Carbon Logistics, which it says will roll out 120 off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) electric truck charging... 


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Auto exports soar to new record; shift to EVs sees drop in catalytic converter numbers
7th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Despite a tough domestic economy undermining a recovery in new-vehicle sales to pre-pandemic levels, record vehicle exports in 2023 ensured that the South African automotive sector still managed to... 


VW Africa laments power outages in Eastern Cape, but Electricity Minister said to be tackling the problem
3rd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) suffered four power outages at its Kariega plant in the second week of April, says VWA MD and chairperson Martina Biene. This happened while there was no loadshedding... 


Electric trucks too expensive? Now you can rent one from Volvo Trucks SA
3rd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volvo Trucks South Africa (SA) has introduced an equipment-as-a-service (EaaS) model for its new electric truck rental business. Following last year’s launch of Volvo electric trucks in South... 


Cape Town takes another stab at rolling out electric buses for its MyCiTi service
3rd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town should have battery electric buses (e-buses) operational on its MyCiTi bus service by 2027, says Urban Mobility MMC Rob Quintas. It will be the city’s second stab at rolling... 


Hyundai unveils nano cooling film able to slash interior heat in cars
26th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Hyundai Motor Company has unveiled what it says is the world’s first application of a nano cooling film. The South Korean car maker describes the film as “a revolutionary vehicle window tint... 


Volkswagen to invest R4-billion to produce third model at Kariega plant in show of commitment to South Africa
26th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) will invest R4-billion in its manufacturing plant in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape. The investment will be used to prepare the plant for the addition of a third model... 


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‘No operational issues’ as Golden Arrow tests electric Explorer bus
25th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) says it will probably make a final decision in the third or fourth quarter of this year on whether it will acquire any Lion’s Explorer E electric buses from MAN... 


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South Africa aims to set up three JET-aligned skills development zones
24th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Three Just Energy Transition (JET) skills development zones focusing on renewables and grids, electric vehicles and green hydrogen value chains are proposed for implementation under the larger JET... 


IEA expects another record year for EVs in 2024, but sales remain concentrated
IEA expects another record year for EVs in 2024, but sales remain concentrated
23rd April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects electric vehicle (EV) sales to rise to a record 17-million in 2024, representing more than one in every five passenger cars sold, but with sales likely... 


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Jaguar Land Rover develops portable charger using second-life batteries 
19th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has developed a portable battery energy storage system (Bess) using second-life Range Rover and Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) batteries.  The... 


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Electric trucks too expensive? Now you can rent one from Volvo Trucks SA
18th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volvo Trucks South Africa (SA) has introduced an equipment-as-a-service (EaaS) model for its new electric truck rentals business. Following last year’s launch of Volvo electric trucks in South... 


Together with large-scale procurement, rising rooftop solar installations are offering greater market stability that could stimulate local manufacturing
Private renewables procurement may mitigate boom-bust cycles curbing South Africa’s green industrialisation
18th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The combination of public and private procurement of large-scale renewables in South Africa signals increased stability for manufacturers of key components, a new GreenCape report argues. Published... 


Toyota adds Hilux, Fortuner hybrids to its local production line-up
12th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has added the Hilux double-cab and Fortuner 48 V mild hybrids to its local production line-up at its Durban plant, in KwaZulu-Natal. The addition of the new models... 


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Cape Town takes second stab at rolling out electric buses for its MyCiTi service
10th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town should have battery electric buses (e-buses) operational on its MyCiTi bus service by 2027, says Urban Mobility MMC Rob Quintas. It will be the city’s second stab at rolling... 


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Zero Carbon Charge says it will build 120 off-grid e-truck charging sites
9th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Electric vehicle charging startup, Zero Carbon Charge, has launched a new subsidiary, Zero Carbon Logistics, which it says will roll out 120 off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) electric truck charging... 


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Toyota adds Hilux, Fortuner hybrids to its local production line-up
22nd March 2024 By: Irma Venter

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has added the Hilux double-cab and Fortuner 48 V mild hybrids to its local production line-up at its Durban plant in KwaZulu-Natal. The addition of the new models... 


Aqora rebrands, aims to make battery cells in Cape Town
1st March 2024 By: Irma Venter

South African energy company Aqora has rebranded to become Afrivolt, says MD Deshan Naidoo. The firm’s goal, however, remains the same – opening a lithium-ion cell gigafactory in South Africa, able... 


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Pay-per-load electric truck group to roll out next-gen vehicle in March
28th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Pay-per-load trucking company OX Delivers will start building the third generation OX4 electric truck in March, with knock-down kit delivery for assembly in local markets to follow. “Based on... 


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Settling on funding solutions for expedited grid infrastructure set as a Just Energy Transition Investment Plan priority
27th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Finalising funding solutions for the expedited expansion of South Africa’s electricity transmission grid has been identified as a key priority for the Just Energy Transition (JET) project... 


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‘Asian brothers’ coming to SA 'with a force', says Motus boss
27th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Motus’ stable of imported vehicle brands – Hyundai, Kia, Renault and Mitsubishi – all experienced a tough six months at the end of last year. Speaking at the company’s financial results... 


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Premium car market outlook murky as South Africans continue to hunt for Asian bargains
23rd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The South African new-car market has been shifting steadily over the last few years as consumers continue to battle persistent economic headwinds. Times are tough. Interest rates, living costs,... 


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Auto industry pleased with EV allocation, but more will be needed – Naamsa
22nd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council has welcomed the announcementby Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana in his Budget Speech on Wednesday that government will offer financial support for the... 


Electric buses to be rolled out in Tshwane, eThekwini
16th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Tshwane and eThekwini could see the roll-out of 39 electric commuter buses by the end of next year. The introduction of the zero-emissions vehicles will form part of a pilot project funded by the... 


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VW could announce third production model this year; expects uptick in 2024 car market
9th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) will hopefully this year receive the final confirmation on the production of a third model at the Kariega plant, says MD Martina Biene. This third model will add to... 


Construction of Stellantis’ R3bn Coega auto assembly plant poised to start in May
9th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Construction work on Stellantis’ assembly plant in the Coega Special Economic Zone, in the Eastern Cape, should kick off in May, says the vehicle manufacturer’s new CEO, Mike Whitfield. The start... 


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DP World, Woolworths unveil axle-powered refrigeration trailer
31st January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Logistics group DP World has partnered with food and clothing retailer Woolworths to roll out a refrigeration trailer featuring AxlePower technology. AxlePower “transforms ordinary road transport... 


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Stellantis plant to break ground in May; Citroën key as volume brand going forward – Whitfield
30th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Construction work on Stellantis’ assembly plant in the Coega Special Economic Zone, in the Eastern Cape, should kick off in May, says the vehicle manufacturer’s new CEO Mike Whitfield. The start of... 


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Hino SA introduces new financing package for truck-tractor models
30th January 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Japanese commercial vehicle manufacturer Hino South Africa has announced the introduction of a new Guaranteed Future Value (GFV) Plan on the Hino 700 2841 and 2845 truck-tractor models, Hino South... 


Takealot rolls out ten JAC battery-powered delivery trucks
26th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Online retailer Takealot has deployed ten JAC N75 EV battery electric trucks to make deliveries in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The company in November welcomed four N75 four-ton electric trucks... 


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Sales of NEVs on the rise in South Africa
25th January 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Amid a global emphasis on green energy and the subsequent global energy transition, total sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa increased by 65% year-on-year in 2023, with hybrid... 


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