The fu­ture ’ s elec­tric

Sunday World - - Opinion - Albi Modise By e-mail

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.

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