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Formula E reveals Cape Town E-Prix track

By: Irma Venter     7th March 2022 Formula E has revealed the track route for the inaugural Cape Town E-Prix. The proposed race track has been designed for the electric cars to race around the Green Point Park and Cape Town Stadium area during the local leg of the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 

Electric minibus fleet to put untenable strain on SA’s energy network, warns Stellenbosch prof  

By: Irma Venter     7th March 2022 Eskom is currently unable to service South Africa’s electricity demand and is unlikely to do so in the foreseeable future, says Stellenbosch University (SU) Faculty of Engineering’s Chair in the Internet of Things Professor Thinus Booysen. This short supply is problematic not only for the... 

Image of a Johannesburg taxi rank

eMobility programme commemorates first year of operation

By: Darren Parker     4th March 2022 Electric vehicle (EV) advocacy initiative the uYilo eMobility Programme has commemorated its first year as an implementing partner on the South Africa-UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (South Africa-UK Pact) programme, specifically on the Shifting the Transport Paradigm for South... 

uYilo programme manager Edem Foli
uYilo programme manager Edem Foli

Hybrid, EV, sub-compact sales to benefit from rising fuel price – NADA 

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2022 February’s new-vehicle sales have brought an interesting statistic to light, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) chairperson Mark Dommisse. The combined sales of electric, plug-in hybrid and traditional hybrid vehicles rose by 535% on a year-to-date basis, from only 34 in the... 

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The Corolla Cross

New-vehicle availability, used-car pricing to normalise in 2023 – Motus

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2022 Global supply chain disruptions, new-vehicle availability and preowned vehicle pricing are all only expected to settle at some form of “new normal” in 2023, says Motus CEO Osman Arbee. Current global supply chain disruptions, which were creating erratic supply of new vehicles and parts, while... 

NADA projects 10% to 15% growth in 2022 new-vehicle market 

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2022 The National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) expects sales growth of between 10% and 15% in the South African new-vehicle market this year.  The estimate is based on buoyant sales in the first month of the year, together with positive trends seen last year. 

Automotive manufacturers point to business interruption, cybersecurity as major risks this year – Allianz

By: Donna Slater     3rd March 2022 Business interruption concerns remain the biggest worry for companies in the automotive manufacturing sector, with 68% of respondents to global corporate insurer Allianz’s ‘Risk Barometer 2022’ report singling out the issue as their top threat for the year ahead. Cybersecurity incidents rank... 

Daimler, Volvo, Traton sign deal to build European charging network for trucks, buses

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2022 Daimler Truck, the Traton Group and Volvo Group have signed an agreement to create a joint venture (JV) to install and operate a high-performance public charging network for battery electric, heavy-duty long-haul trucks and coaches across Europe. The parties say they are committed to initiating... 

Image of Daimler, Traton charging JV

Interest in EVs and BMWs soaring, 2021 AutoTrader Car Industry Report shows

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2022 The 2021 AutoTrader Car Industry Report reveals that electric vehicles (EVs) and BMWs have soared in popularity. The report, covering the period from January to December, shows that searches for EVs surged by 110%, to half-a-million last year, while BMW received eight-million more consumer advert... 

Smart mobility research chair established

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have jointly established a research chair in smart mobility, the first of its kind in South Africa.  Professor Marianne Vanderschuren, an expert in... 

Toyota sees 540 000-plus new-vehicle market this year, aims for 40% of passenger-car sales being NEVs by 2025

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2022 Total new-vehicle sales in South Africa should reach at least 540 000 units this year, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. “The breakdown for this year’s forecast includes 334 800 passenger models, 178 198 light commercial vehicles, as well as 27 002 medium and... 

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

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2022 BMW unveiled the iX Flow featuring E Ink at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, in the US, earlier this month. The Munich-based premium car manufacturer is offering the prospect of a future technology that uses digitalisation to adapt the exterior of a vehicle to different situations and... 

Audi launches e-tron brand in SA, promises at least one new EV a year 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2022 German premium car manufacturer Audi has officially launched its e-tron range in South Africa. The range of electric vehicles (EVs) includes three e-tron 55 derivatives, the e-tron 55 Sportback, e-tron S Sportback, and the pinnacle of the line-up, the high-performance models in the form of the... 

Image of Audi e-tron models

NADA projects 10% to 15% growth in 2022 new-vehicle market  

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2022 The National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) expects sales growth of between 10% and 15% in the South African new-vehicle market this year.  The estimate is based on buoyant sales in the first month of the year, together with positive trends seen last year. 

Image of NADA vice-chairperson Alex Boavida
Alex Boavida

Aluminium prices to remain high into 2023 amid high input costs, disrupted production

By: Donna Slater     18th February 2022 Following impressive rallies in the first and third quarters of 2021, financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) is revising its aluminium price forecasts for this year and next upwards to $3 000/t and $2 800/t,... 

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Aluminium rolls

Jendamark Automation installs R3.2m rooftop solar system at Gqeberha plant

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2022 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. 

January new-vehicle sales up 19.5%, exports decline by 9.3%

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2022 The new-vehicle market started the year “on a very positive note”, continuing its gradual recovery to pre-Covid-19 levels, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. Domestic new-vehicle sales in January increased by 19.5%, to 41 382 units, compared with the same month last year. 

WesBank, Toyota Financial Services charged with collusion

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2022 The Competition Commission has referred FirstRand Bank (FirstRand), as well as motor-vehicle finance institutions WesBank (a division of FirstRand) and Toyota Financial Services South Africa (TFS), to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on collusion charges. The commission alleges that... 

Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi to launch 35 electric vehicles by 2030

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2022 Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi alliance to launch 35 new EVs by 2030 The alliance of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors has announced that it will launch 35 new electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, based on five common EV platforms. 

Twelve associations sign MoU to develop African auto industry 

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2022 Twelve automotive associations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to drive the development of the automotive industry in Africa. The automotive sector, whilst key for the industrialisation of Africa, is often associated with numerous challenges, including market fragmentation; a lack... 

Image of the online signatories to the AAAM MoU

Toyota sees 540 000-plus-unit market for 2022, aims for 40% of car sales to be NEVs by 2025 

By: Irma Venter     14th February 2022 Total new-vehicle sales in South Africa should reach at least 540 000 units this year, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. “The breakdown for this year’s forecast includes 334 800 passenger models, 178 198 light commercial vehicles, as well as 27 002 medium and... 

Image of Toyota South Africa Motors president and CEO Andrew Kirby.
Andrew Kirby

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

By: Irma Venter     11th February 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”. 

2021 AutoTrader Car Industry Report shows soaring interest in EVs, BMW 

By: Irma Venter     8th February 2022 The 2021 AutoTrader Car Industry Report reveals that electric vehicles (EVs) and BMWs have soared in popularity. The report, covering the period from January to December, shows that searches for EVs surged by 110%, to half-a-million last year, while BMW received eight-million more consumer advert... 

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George Mienie

Electric car sales hit 6.6-million in 2021, tripling their market share from 2019 – IEA 

By: Irma Venter     7th February 2022 In 2012, about 130 000 electric cars were sold worldwide. Today, that same amount is moved in the space of a single week, says a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report, authored by Clean Energy Technologies analyst Leonardo Paoli and Energy Technology Policy Division head Timur Gül. In this... 

Image of an EV charger

30 electric Toyota, Lexus models to be launched by 2030

By: Irma Venter     4th February 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, president Akio Toyoda announced that the Japanese carmaker will expand its options for carbon-neutral vehicles by... 

Audi rolls out ultrafast 150 kW EV charging network in SA

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2022 Audi South Africa (SA) is partnering with GridCars to install ultrafast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country. In doing so, the local arm of the German carmaker says it will become the first EV brand to invest in this technology at publicly accessible sites.  

Company highlights key industry exhibitions for 2022

By: Anna Moross     4th February 2022 Despite the exhibitions industry having been curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic during the past two years, exhibition company Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin is excited about the portfolio of the company, a division of Montgomery Group. 

An aerial view of the Electra Mining Africa exhibition
ELECTRA MINING AFRICA Hundreds of exhibitors will also showcase their latest innovations, products and services at Electra Mining Africa – Southern Africa’s biggest mining, electrical, automation, manufacturing, power and transport trade exhibition

Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi alliance to launch 35 new EVs by 2030

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2022 The alliance of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors has announced that it will launch 35 new electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, based on five common EV platforms. “The three member-companies have defined a common roadmap towards 2030, sharing investments in future electrification and connectivity... 

Pic of Renault Nissan Alliance logo

Daimler renamed to Mercedes-Benz Group

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2022 German vehicle manufacturer Daimler on Tuesday changed its name to the Mercedes-Benz Group, following the split from Daimler Truck. The Mercedes-Benz brand was created in 1926 when the companies of Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler merged.  

Image of the Mercedes-Benz name

Fully electric vehicles made up 65% of Norway’s new-car sales last year

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2022 According to the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association (NEVA) this 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... 

Vodacom Business and Toyota extend WiFi, telematics solution to SMEs

By: Irma Venter     28th January 2022 The Web-based tool MyToyota Fleet Lite has been added to the Toyota Connect hub as part of a tripartite agreement involving Vodacom Business, Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) and Netstar. “Keeping businesses connected is critical in today’s environment and Fleet Lite, being an innovative WiFi... 

Learning academy continues to develop local skills

By: Nadine Ramdass     28th January 2022 Automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) continues to develop skills for the future through its learning academy, which prioritises the development of skills in the automotive industry to not only service in-house business needs but also the wider automotive industry. The... 

An image of a automotive technician at the Mercedes Benz Learning Academy
TRAINING FOR THE FUTURE MBSA has begun preparations for the next phase of the automotive industry transformation

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... 

Image of AIDCEC CEO Thabo Shenxane, Jodi Scholtz, Lead Admin SABS
Thabo Shenxane and Jodi Scholtz

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. 

Image of Revov 2nd LiFe installation
Photo by Elmorex
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”. 

Image of the Mercedes-Benz EQA
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... 

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