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Ford to help dealers speed up repairs through wearable tech

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2021 Ford South Africa is rolling out a new, high-tech approach to vehicle repairs at its dealerships. The local arm of the US carmaker has already conducted a pilot study of the RealWear HMT-1 Hands-free Remote Collaboration Tool, which remotely connects Ford dealership technicians with the company’s... 

BMW SA’s first South African CEO on the struggling premium market and electromobility

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2021 The name Peter van Binsbergen may sound German, but the new CEO of BMW Group South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa (BMW SA) carries a South African passport and ID. He can also still speak Afrikaans, despite spending several years abroad. The 54-year-old, who took up his new position on January 1,... 

BMW SA’s first South African CEO on the struggling premium market and electromobility

uYilo Kick Start Fund opens for 2021 applications 

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2021 The uYilo Kick Start Fund has opened for applications for 2021, with successful companies or entrepreneurs to receive up to R1-million in grant funding, aimed at assisting promising e-mobility projects to reach commercialisation. The uYilo eMobility Programme first provided Kick Start funding to... 

Hiten Parmar
Hiten Parmar

EU’s Green Deal will have wide-ranging impact on SA exports, cautions Van Zyl  

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2021 Europe’s Green Deal is not just a vision or an idea, but a well-funded policy that is being implemented, and that is set to have a wide-ranging impact on South African exports, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) executive chairperson Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl stepped down earlier this year as... 

Johan Van Zyl
Johan Van Zyl

SAHPRA registers Janssen Covid-19 vaccine with conditions

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th June 2021 The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) announced on Monday the registration of the Janssen Covid-19 vaccine on March 31, with conditions. SAHPRA CEO Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela explained that one of the conditions is that the vaccine be manufactured under conditions... 

SAHPRA registers Janssen Covid-19 vaccine with conditions

Mercedes-Benz to introduce green steel in vehicles in 2025

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2021 German car maker Mercedes-Benz has taken an equity stake in Swedish start-up H2 Green Steel (H2GS) as a method to introduce carbon-dioxide-free (CO2-free) steel into series production.  H2GS was founded in 2020 and aims to build a large-scale fossil-free steel production facility in northern... 

Mercedes-Benz to introduce green steel in vehicles in 2025

Composer Hans Zimmer partners with BMW M to produce ‘sound portfolio’ for EVs  

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2021 The throaty roar of an eager engine is often one of the main selling points for those who love performance cars, such as the BMW M range. However, this becomes problematic in zero-emission battery electric vehicles that produce no engine noise. BMW is tackling this problem through a collaborative... 

Hans Zimmer
Renzo Vitale and Hans Zimmer discuss how they created driving sounds for the electric BMW M range

Draft Green Paper on electric vehicle production out for public comment

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in South Africa. New-energy vehicles (NEVs) include hybrids, battery electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel-cell vehicles. 

Fleet operators urged to time changeover to EVs ‘correctly’

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2021 There is a “very real danger” that fleet owners may be stuck with stranded assets if they do not time the changeover to battery electric or fuel cell vehicles correctly, says GridCars MD Winstone Jordaan. GridCars is a South African electric vehicle (EV) charging solution specialist. 

Firms pledge R18m to help boost manufacturing in South Africa, rest of the continent

By: Irma Venter     21st May 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... 

Van Zyl back at TSAM to help plot company’s strategy 

By: Irma Venter     21st 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 for Europe six years ago.  

New guidelines to usher more SMMEs, black businesses into aftersales value chain

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 The newly drafted guidelines for the automotive aftermarket sector, set to take effect on July 1, will allow for the increased participation of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), and/or black-owned firms in South Africa’s aftersales value chain, says the Automotive Industry... 

Shoprite to expand solar-powered refrigeration fleet by 39 trucks 

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2021 The Shoprite Group will, by the end of June, have added 39 solar-powered refrigerated rigid trucks to its existing solar-powered fleet of 749 trailers, says group sustainability manager Sanjeev Raghubir. “It’s the first time we are adding solar-power nitrogen refrigerated rigid trucks to our... 

A Shoprite solar-powered refrigerated trailer
A Shoprite solar-powered refrigerated trailer

DTIC publishes draft green paper on electric vehicle production 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has issued a Draft Green Paper on the Advancement of New-Energy Vehicles in South Africa. New-energy vehicles (NEVs) includes hybrids, battery electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel-cell vehicles. 

DTIC publishes draft green paper on electric vehicle production

Ford to help dealers speed up repairs through wearable tech

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2021 Ford South Africa is rolling out a new, high-tech approach to vehicle repairs at its dealerships. The local arm of the US car maker has already conducted a pilot study of the RealWear HMT-1 Hands-free Remote Collaboration Tool, which remotely connects Ford dealership technicians with the... 

Ford to help dealers speed up repairs through wearable tech

Electric car sales accelerated 41% last year, Europe now largest market

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2021 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 of the sales data and the production of the report, says many... 

Toyota unveils new BEV concept, sales to start in 2022

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2021 Toyota has unveiled a concept version of its forthcoming Toyota bZ4X, previewing the first in a series of zero-emission battery electric vehicles (BEVs) from the Japanese carmaker. Toyota says the bZ4X, a medium-size sports-utility vehicle (SUV) with all-wheel drive, is integral to Toyota’s... 

Complete electrified truck fleets on the horizon

14th May 2021 With the start of sales of three new heavy-duty all-electric models this year, truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks believes the time is right for a rapid upswing in electrification of heavy road transport. This positive outlook is based on the ability of Volvo’s electric trucks to meet a broad... 

IT’S ELECTRIFYING Technology is developing rapidly and our ambition is also to make the long driving distances electrified
IT’S ELECTRIFYING Technology is developing rapidly and our ambition is also to make the long driving distances electrified

Manufacturer gears forth despite pandemic

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     14th May 2021 Amid ongoing research and development (R&D) of diesel engines for trucks and other vehicles, and the optimisation of engine emissions, US engine designer, manufacturer and distributor Cummins in South Africa was not immune to the Covid-19 pandemic. Cummins in South Africa partners with... 

TAKING STRIDES
Cummins in South Africa partners with original-equipment manufacturers as part of its R&D strategies
TAKING STRIDES Cummins in South Africa partners with original-equipment manufacturers as part of its R&D strategies

Silicone gasket maker for DIY and automotive repair market

By: Claire O'Reilly     14th May 2021 Industrial and do-it-yourself (DIY) adhesive producer Pratley’s latest innovation for cost-effective DIY and professional auto repairs, the Room Temperature Vulcanisation (RTV) silicone grey gasket maker, is ideal for use in the automotive repair market. 

DIY GASKET MAKER
The Pratley RTV Silicone Grey Gasket Maker is ideal for gasket making in the automotive repair market
DIY GASKET MAKER The Pratley RTV Silicone Grey Gasket Maker is ideal for gasket making in the automotive repair market

Volvo SA prices first electric car at R1.2m; launches online store 

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2021 Volvo Car South Africa (Volvo SA) has announced local pricing for the Swedish brand’s first all-electric vehicle, the XC40 P8 Recharge sports-utility vehicle. Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge orders are being taken from this month. 

The Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge

Vehicle exports decline by R27bn; component exports reach new record 

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2021 The value of total automotive exports from South African declined by R26-billion, or 12.9%, from the record R201.7-billion reported in 2019, to R175.7-billion in 2020.  This is according to the Automotive Industry Export Council’s newly released 2021 Automotive Export Manual. 

Norman Lamprecht
Norman Lamprecht

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
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... 

The TWIMS campus
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. 

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... 

A new generation Toyota fuel-cell truck
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... 

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