There’s trouble in paradise. The Electric Vehicle, which was once hailed as our planet’s saviour, is having a few PR issues at the moment. And with apologies to Volkswagen, I’ll use this e-Golf to explain why…
“Electric is the future”. This is becoming quite a prominent saying among the global motoring community. Yet, some might believe that higher income countries (HICs) will adapt to this technology much faster than middle- and lower income countries, such as Southern African regions. While this might be true, the electric vehicle (EV) movement is also being fast-tracked in Southern Africa, with Jaguar being one of the main motivating car manufacturers, as they aim for a 2025 switch.
Die nuwe Land Rover Defender is pas plaaslik bekend gestel en ons het reeds die geleentheid gehad om die merkwaardige nuwe tegnologie in hierdie ikoon te aanskou. Die Defender het die mark pas meer verras deur om ‘n hibriede model na Suider-Afrika te bring.
Why make the move to electric mobility
Jaguar South Africa recently sent a press release on the “benefits of electric mobility”, stating the reasons as to why electric cars should not be seen as a new ‘gimmick’. Whilst electric cars might seem ‘far-fetched’ for the African continent at the moment, with only a scarce 1000 currently registered in South Africa, the electric revolution is currently being fast-tracked as technologies are becoming ever more cost-effective, with a longer life span and range.
Volkswagen South Africa recently announced their plans to introduce an electric mobility platform in South Africa. The country is set to therefore become the second country in Africa to introduce Volkswagen Electric cars in Africa; after Rwanda.
Here are three reasons why we are excited to see this in South Africa:
I have nightmares. Going to school in my underwear or falling off a cliff pale in significance to the one about a gigantic wall of cars rolling up my street. Three, four, five cars high and tumbling one over the other, the mass of [insert Yankee slang here] compact crossover SUV’s [end slang] grows bigger and bigger as it nears my house…
“Our world as we know it, is changing”.
Come the end of 2020, this might be the most popular sentence of the year. However, unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic that the we’ve been engulfed in since the beginning of 2020, the world is changing. The need for alternative- and more efficient ways of transport is growing. With this being a motoring platform, let us look at the electric revolution within the current motoring industry.
During the month of October, South Africa will see its largest electric roadtrip yet. Spanning from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Generation.e, and the Gauteng Provincial department of transport will send 12 of the latest electronic cars on our SA roads.