The future ’ s electric
YOUR article “The power of green” on electric cars last week was interesting and illuminating.
Last year the Department of Environmental Affairs, in partnership with Nissan South Africa, launched this project to test the feasibility and viability of electric vehicles in South African conditions. The department bought four Nissan Leaf cars for usage in the initial phase of the project.
This project is also about the supporting infrastructure, such as battery charge stations, that’s needed to enable a significant uptake of electric cars here.
This supports our transition to a job-creating, sustainable, lowcarbon and green economy, as outlined in the National Development Plan.
Leading automotive industry experts forecast that 10% of total vehicles on the road would be electric by 2020, and we would like South Africa to be part of that green revolution. This green transition in the automotive sector presents an enormous opportunity for our country.
The Department of Trade and Industry has gazetted the electric vehicle industry strategy, which sets the stage for the transition into design and production of alternative propulsion systems to maintain or increase South Africa’s global market share in the automotive sector while still responding to its commitment to decrease its carbon footprint.
We believe that electric cars will slowly change the landscape of modern commuter transportation.