“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.
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.
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…
South Africa, 27 September 2018 – Jaguar Racing has revealed a new wave of drivers who will take part in the inaugural Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, the world’s first all-electric production-based race series.