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We need mobility of people and goods to sustain economic activities. However, the impact of our increasing mobility to sustain our growing economy, to support our growing population is poisoning the air we breathe and changing our climate, due to traffic congestion, which is actually slowing down mobility.

We all want things to be better, but how can we expect things to improve if we do not change? And the change starts with each one of us. Finding sustainable solutions to this problem and facilitating the change by collaboratively implementing these solutions is in a nutshell what SANEDI: Cleaner Mobility strives to get done.

EVIA is the platform in South Africa that serves to bring all players and stakeholders together to share ideas and plan projects. We need an industry to support the electric vehicles introduced into our country by the automakers and also to design, develop and bring to market components and complete products of mobility to South Africa.

This publication is a point of departure to share information and stimulate thinking between ourselves. It reminds us of the past and focus our collective thinking and energies on new solutions that will be sustainable. We hope these will be bold and challenging to the world, creating opportunities for South Africa to play a leading role on the world stage of future sustainable mobility and smart cities. Thank you for the efforts of all who contributed to the industry thus far. We are excited to see it happen.

For more information visit www.sanedi.org.za

BMW Group SA

Since its global market launch in November 2013 (March 2015 in South Africa), BMW i has been the technological pioneer of the BMW Group, while also symbolising the company’s innovative strength and future orientation in every vehicle it brings onto the road. The BMW i3 sales alone have reached more than 60,000 units, making it the most successful electric vehicle in the premium compact segment. In addition BMW i customers have easy access to the world’s most extensive charging network, with 45,000 charging points in 25 countries.

BMW i has expanded the model range of the BMW i3 and now offers a version with significantly increased battery capacity, the BMW i3 (94 Ah). The new BMW i3 (94 Ah) has a capacity of 33 kilowatt hours (kWh) and offers over 50 per cent range increase which equals 300 kilometres.

For more information visit www.bmw.co.za

Nissan South Africa

Nissan set the stage for global zero emissions driving when it pioneered the first affordable, mass-market electric vehicle, Nissan LEAF. Since its launch in 2010, Nissan LEAF has become the best-selling EV with over 228,000 sales in global markets. These include South Africa, where a growing environmental conscience is resulting in people turning to green mobility in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

Winner of several prestigious international accolades – among them, 2011 World Car of the Year – the Nissan LEAF features a 24 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack linked to a front-mounted 80 kW electric motor, allowing for smooth and silent driving. Earlier this year, Nissan reaffirmed its status as a leader in the development of zero emission technology with the launch of the Nissan LEAF 30 kWh which goes 26 percent further than the previous model, delivering up to 250km of driving range on a single charge.

For more information visit www.nissan.co.za

Grid Cars

The electric vehicle (EV) industry internationally is growing faster than anyone anticipated. South Africa is still behind this wave of new technology. Using the analogy – catching the wave before we ride it, we need to work hard to at the very least get on the EV wave, and then try to move ahead of the wave to become innovators and leaders in the EV space. This is not unattainable, in the 70’s, South Africa in many ways led the world in Battery research, with core technology on lithium all being developed at the CSIR.

Getting onto the wave will take investment and special efforts by industry and especially the national government and municipalities. We need to artificially encourage and support the growth of the EV industry, this means creating EV-friendly tax laws and incentives. It also means encouraging or incentivising local innovations and local technology development. We need to make it easy for people to buy and own an EV, these vehicles are the future of the transport industry. The time for this technology can be debated, but failure to act will only result in South Africa getting a smaller piece of this huge economic pie.

For more information visit www.gridcars.net

Technology Innovation Agency

South Africa is a country rich with research capabilities that can purposefully be deployed to solve our country’s societal, economic and competitiveness challenges.

TIA serves to bridge the “innovation chasm” that exists between scientific research activities that yield new ideas and the successful introduction of products and services emanating from those ideas, into the market. TIA’s investment in the E-Mobility ecosystem is both enabling and catalytic through the following initiatives:

• uYilo – eMobility programme aims to enable, facilitate and actively mobilise innovation through technology innovations and strategic collaborations.
• Funding of CSIR’s Material Science and Manufacturing (MSM) unit, which has developed a novel technology for the production of manganese based cathode material for lithium-ion batteries.
• The Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC) – TIA funded the participation of four (4) South African University Teams and a team from TIA’s GCIP-SA programme in the 2016 Sasol Solar.
• GCIP-SA finalist and winner of the best woman-led business award in 2015 for the ZingBug, participated in the 2016 SSC to test the viability of the ZingBug, an iconic VW Beetle from the 70s converted to an electric vehicle. The supporting technologies were tested during the race from three other GCIP-SA alumni forming part of the ZingBug team.
• DUT Energy Technology Station – The DUT Energy Technology Station known as “ KZN Industrial Energy Efficient Training and Resource Centre (IEETR) is funded by TIA to respond to the need for awareness, innovation, development, empowerment, research and technology, and provide subsidized services in energy efficiency and energy projects within KZN. A key focus area of the technology station is to assist SME’s, commercial, residential and industrial sectors in the field of energy.

For more information visit www.tia.org.za


uYilo eMobility Technology Innovation Programme for Technology Innovation Agency.
The uYilo eMobility Technology Innovation Programme was established in March 2013 across a mandate to enable, facilitate and mobilise the ecosystem for introduction of electric mobility into South Africa. The programme serves as a multi-stakeholder platform across the public sector, private sector and academia to accelerate the establishment of the associated ecosystem value chain for eMobility. The national initiatives and activities are supported by key facilities and expertise established across accredited battery testing, systems integration, and a live testing environment that’s serves as a smart-grid simulator.

For more information visit www.uYilo.org.za

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