Electric vehicles showcased in Bay

2019-10-09 06:01
Port Elizabeth electric vehicle enthusiasts recently had a chance to see some of the latest models in action.Photo:SUPPLIED

Port Elizabeth electric vehicle enthusiasts recently had a chance to see some of the latest models in action.Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE Electric Vehicle Road Trip Africa (EVRT Africa) participants made their way to Port Elizabeth to showcase three electrical vehicles.

Bay residents and electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts were encouraged to test drive a BMWi3, Nissan LEAF or Jaguar I-PACE at the Boardwalk Hotel.

South Africa’s first electric vehicle road trip, powered by ACDC Dynamics and driven by the Department of Transport, Gauteng Provincial Government, and African Alliance for Energy Productivity, is finally ready to prove that it is possible to drive across the country without a single drop of petrol.

Generation.e, in conjunction with the Department of Transport and Gauteng Provincial Government, is embarking on the ultimate EVRT across the country.

It started in Pretoria on October 2 and is due to culminate in Cape Town tomorrow.

The EVs are on an epic adventure, tackling challenging environments and large distances to showcase the cars’ power and capabilities.

At the same time, the cars will prove that South Africa is ready to embrace electric travel.

To power the country’s journey towards sustainability, Generation.e is installing approximately 30 electric vehicle charging points at hotels, petrol stations, and other sites suited for EV charging in each of the cities visited, including Pretoria, PE and Cape Town.

Generation.e co-founder and CEO, Ben Pullen, said that after successful road trips across Europe and the Middle East, the company decided to bring this unique experience to Africa.

Pullen added that expanding urban populations require innovative mobility solutions without increased carbon emissions – which are bad for the planet – and air pollutants that are harmful to human health.

“Generation.e is also partnering with sectors of the government, as this is crucial for achieving our aim of inspiring transformation to smarter mobility for the creation of better connected and sustainable societies,” Pullen said.

“At the end of the day, a shift to more sustainable and smarter mobility requires a resolution from business, government, and the people.

“EVRT Africa can assist in this regard as awareness and information sharing are essential for encouraging change, as is education on the concept of electric vehicles, emissions profiles and the future of transport,” he said.

Pullen said that they knew the technology was ready and hoped that this would be the start of many initiatives geared towards driving the adoption of all forms of smarter mobility, including electric vehicles, in South Africa.

He added, “It is for this reason that we are also rolling out electric vehicle charging stations powered by ACDC Dynamics at stops along the way.

“Although there are many ways that government can support the electric vehicle ecosystem in South Africa, such as lowering import tax costs and enabling infrastructure, it is vital to increase public awareness and education in order to inspire the shift towards smarter mobility,” Pullen added.

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