The other night, I bumped into an old petrol-head acquaintance at a birthday party. After we had sufficiently reminisced about our automotive past, it turns out that his wife is a complete EV fan… and just took delivery of a BMW iX3.
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.
Public opinion is a very interesting development to always keep an eye on. Globally, in both higher (HICs) – and Medium Income Countries (MICs), the best current example is that of Electric Vehicles. While HICs have already accepted this paradigm shift, thanks to increased EV infrastructures, up until two months ago, MICs were still hesitant. This is about to change.
Is the latest and greatest electric vehicle from Mercedes-Benz even viable in the Land of the Brave? Of course not, but that didn’t stop us from having a closer look during its launch…
Move aside “auto Boomer”
The auto industry is currently being infiltrated by negative remarks from two sides. On one side, we have the non-auto lovers; those who passionately believe that all vehicles are the same. On the other side of the spectrum, we have hardcore vehicle lovers, but who believes that the future of the industry seems bleak and without exciting prospects.
Skuif opsy, jou “auto Boomer”
Die voertuig of “auto” industrie word tans van twee kante aangevat. Aan die een kant is daar die nie-voertuig liefhebbers, wat glo dat elke voertuig dieselfde is en dat daar nie regtig enige genot uit die aankoop van ‘n nuwe voertuig geput kan word nie. Aan die ander kant van die spektrum, kry ons (vir die eenvoudige redes sal ons na hulle verwys as…) “voertuig Boomers”. Hierdie is wel voertuig liefhebbers, maar dié, wat glo dat die auto industrie se toekoms vervelig lyk. Binnekort sal die nie-voertuig liefhebbers en die huidige “boomers” dus transformeer in een (vervelige en voorspelbare) homogene massa.
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:
“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.