Electric vehicles to be deployed

MBDA staff together with the tuk-tuks, which inspired the newly-converted electric vehicles. Pictured from left are Monwabisi Lungile, Nyasha Gonda, Philinder Reid, Roger Spandiel and Sicelo Zalabe.Photo:SUPPLIED
MBDA staff together with the tuk-tuks, which inspired the newly-converted electric vehicles. Pictured from left are Monwabisi Lungile, Nyasha Gonda, Philinder Reid, Roger Spandiel and Sicelo Zalabe.Photo:SUPPLIED

NEWLY converted electric vehicles will soon be deployed in Port Elizabeth’s CBD to assist with by-law enforcement.

The deployment comes as part of the Mandela Bay Development Agency’s (MBDA) e-Mobility Technology Innovation Programme (EMTIP), to introduce and promote the concept of electro-Mobility.

This is in collaboration with the uYilo eMobility programme, based at the Nelson Mandela University, to effectively support the movement of MBDA town rangers.

According to MBDA spokesperson, Luvuyo Bangazi, these newly converted electric vehicles have a range of 60km when fully charged.

“They are licensed and will be deployed in the CBD to support MBDA Town Rangers in by-law enforcement and informal trading regulation. Citizens better watch out because these vehicles move quietly, and they might just sneak up on unsuspecting would be by-law infringers,” Bangazi said.

The introduction of e-Mobility into the MBDA was achieved through the conversion of the agency’s two tuk-tuks, which have been modified and converted to battery powered units with solar panel augmentation.

The conversion entailed matching the performance of the tuk-tuks’ combustion configuration, making them compliant for on-road usage.

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