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Premium car market outlook murky as South Africans continue to hunt for Asian bargains
23rd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The South African new-car market has been shifting steadily over the last few years as consumers continue to battle persistent economic headwinds. Times are tough. Interest rates, living costs,... 


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Auto industry pleased with EV allocation, but more will be needed – Naamsa
22nd February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council has welcomed the announcementby Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana in his Budget Speech on Wednesday that government will offer financial support for the... 


Electric buses to be rolled out in Tshwane, eThekwini
16th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Tshwane and eThekwini could see the roll-out of 39 electric commuter buses by the end of next year. The introduction of the zero-emissions vehicles will form part of a pilot project funded by the... 


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VW could announce third production model this year; expects uptick in 2024 car market
9th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) will hopefully this year receive the final confirmation on the production of a third model at the Kariega plant, says MD Martina Biene. This third model will add to... 


Construction of Stellantis’ R3bn Coega auto assembly plant poised to start in May
9th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Construction work on Stellantis’ assembly plant in the Coega Special Economic Zone, in the Eastern Cape, should kick off in May, says the vehicle manufacturer’s new CEO, Mike Whitfield. The start... 


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DP World, Woolworths unveil axle-powered refrigeration trailer
31st January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Logistics group DP World has partnered with food and clothing retailer Woolworths to roll out a refrigeration trailer featuring AxlePower technology. AxlePower “transforms ordinary road transport... 


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Stellantis plant to break ground in May; Citroën key as volume brand going forward – Whitfield
30th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Construction work on Stellantis’ assembly plant in the Coega Special Economic Zone, in the Eastern Cape, should kick off in May, says the vehicle manufacturer’s new CEO Mike Whitfield. The start of... 


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Hino SA introduces new financing package for truck-tractor models
30th January 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Japanese commercial vehicle manufacturer Hino South Africa has announced the introduction of a new Guaranteed Future Value (GFV) Plan on the Hino 700 2841 and 2845 truck-tractor models, Hino South... 


Takealot rolls out ten JAC battery-powered delivery trucks
26th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Online retailer Takealot has deployed ten JAC N75 EV battery electric trucks to make deliveries in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The company in November welcomed four N75 four-ton electric trucks... 


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Sales of NEVs on the rise in South Africa
25th January 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Amid a global emphasis on green energy and the subsequent global energy transition, total sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa increased by 65% year-on-year in 2023, with hybrid... 


ReElement Technologies signs MoU with Afrivolt to set up African battery, EV supply chain
ReElement Technologies signs MoU with Afrivolt to set up African battery, EV supply chain
24th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Nasdaq-listed American Resources Corporation’s ReElement Technologies has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with energy storage company Afrivolt to establish a lithium-battery and electric... 


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Aqora becomes Afrivolt, aims for battery cell manufacturing in Cape Town
24th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

South African energy company Aqora has rebranded to become Afrivolt, says MD Deshan Naidoo. The firm’s goal, however, remains the same – opening a lithium-ion cell gigafactory in South Africa, able... 


Sodium-ion batteries continue their advance as Altris, Clarios announce collaboration
Sodium-ion batteries continue their advance as Altris, Clarios announce collaboration
23rd January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Low-voltage battery solutions manufacturer Clarios and sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery technology developer Altris have partnered to develop low-voltage Na-ion batteries for the automotive industry.... 


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Stellantis invests in sodium-ion battery tech
22nd January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Stellantis Ventures, the corporate venture fund of auto maker Stellantis, says it has “become a strategic investor” in Tiamat, a France-based company that is developing and commercialising... 


Electric buses to be rolled out in DBSA-funded project in Tshwane, eThekwini 
Electric buses to be rolled out in DBSA-funded project in Tshwane, eThekwini 
19th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Tshwane and eThekwini could see the rollout of 39 electric commuter buses by the end of next year. The introduction of the zero-emissions vehicles will form part of a pilot project funded by the... 


Eagle Eye Defence aims to roll out in-vehicle biometric security system this year
19th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

South African startup Eagle Eye Defence has developed an in-vehicle security system that uses fingerprint verification to start the powertrain. Cofounder Iviwe Mosana describes Eagle Eye Defence as... 


DHL to test Volkswagen’s electric ID.Buzz Cargo vans in South Africa
19th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has partnered with DHL Express for the pilot testing of the electric ID.Buzz Cargo van in South Africa. Four ID.Buzz Cargo units have been placed at DHL Express... 


Daimler Truck starts first hydrogen-fuel-cell customer trials in Germany
Daimler Truck starts first hydrogen-fuel-cell customer trials in Germany
8th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

Daimler Truck says it is ready to roll out its first hydrogen-fuel-cell trucks in customer trials, following a series of tests on the track and public roads. The German truck manufacturer says... 


2024 Car of the Year semi-finalists revealed
2024 Car of the Year semi-finalists revealed
19th December 2023 By: Donna Slater

The Car of the Year (COTY) committee has revealed the finalists for the 2024 COTY competition ahead of the thirty-eighth edition of the yearly event, which is sponsored by Old Mutual Insure (OMI)... 


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Eagle Eye Defence aims to roll out an in-vehicle biometric security system next year
13th December 2023 By: Irma Venter

South African startup Eagle Eye Defence has developed an in-vehicle security system that uses fingerprint verification to start the power train. Cofounder Iviwe Mosana describes Eagle Eye Defence... 


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Takealot rolls out ten JAC battery-electric delivery trucks
11th December 2023 By: Irma Venter

Online retailer Takealot has deployed ten JAC N75 EV battery electric trucks to make deliveries in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The company in November welcomed four N75 four-ton electric trucks... 


Airbus, BMW Group open submissions for transport quantum computing challenge
8th December 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Aerospace company Airbus and automotive manufacturer BMW Group have launched the global Quantum Computing Challenge, seeking candidates to develop a solution to mobility challenges, such as... 


GWM launches its first EV in South Africa – priced below R700 000 
1st December 2023 By: Irma Venter

Great Wall Motors (GWM), also the owner of the Haval brand, has launched its first electric vehicle (EV) in the domestic market. Ora is the Chinese carmaker’s new-energy-vehicle-specific brand,... 


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Self-lubricating bushings have emerged as the preferred choice for the side-tipper industry
Self-lubricating bushings transforming side-tipper landscape
24th November 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

A prominent South African side-tipper truck manufacturer has substantially raised its monthly orders for South African bearings manufacturer Vesconite Bearings’ self-lubricating bushings, which... 


China’s cheaper EVs challenging Western market dominance – report
24th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

A divide in the global transition to electric vehicles (EVs) has emerged as Chinese manufacturers seem to be rushing ahead of their Western counterparts in the production and sale of EVs.  This is... 


Mercedes-Benz SA, BEE partner to roll out 127 electric vehicle charging stations
24th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will roll out 127 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country in a R40-million investment. As demand for EVs continues to grow, “ensuring robust... 


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Munro Vehicles has completed the first pre-production model of its white Series-M utility all-electric 4x4
Electric 4 × 4 enters production
24th November 2023

Scotland-based automotive manufacturer Munro Vehicles announced the completion of the first pre-production model of its white Series-M utility all-electric 4x4 earlier this month. The vehicle is a... 


Solar-powered e-truck to conquer world’s highest volcano
24th November 2023

Transport company Gebrüder Weiss has dispatched a sophisticated solar-powered e-truck and expedition equipment to Chile, by sea freight, to help a team trying to reach the summit of the world’s... 


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Volvo Cars launches new business where your car can give power to the grid and your home
23rd November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Volvo Cars has launched Volvo Cars Energy Solutions, a new business unit that will offer energy storage and charging-related technology and services. The Swedish car maker says electric cars and... 


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Mercedes-Benz SA to invest R100m in second solar phase 
22nd November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) says it will invest R100-million in Phase 2 of a solar power project at its East London production plant, in the Eastern Cape. An additional 22 847 photovoltaic... 


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DHL to test Volkswagen’s electric ID.Buzz Cargo vans in South Africa
22nd November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has partnered with DHL Express for the pilot testing of the electric ID.Buzz Cargo van in South Africa. Four ID.Buzz Cargo units will be placed at DHL Express service... 


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New range of electric two-wheelers goes on sale in SA as EVs become 'highly attractive'
21st November 2023 By: Irma Venter

It is not only the electric car that is challenging the status quo of the global automotive industry, but also the electric motorbike. VMoto Soco South Africa (VSSA) is a new company that aims to... 


Zero Carbon Charge solar power EV charging station
Zero Carbon Charge breaks ground on solar-powered EV charging network
20th November 2023 By: Darren Parker

Electric vehicle (EV) charging station developer Zero Carbon Charge has broken ground on its first 100% renewable energy charging station in Wolmaransstad, in the North West, in what is to become... 


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GWM launches its first EV in South Africa; priced below R700 000 
20th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Great Wall Motors, also the owner of the Haval brand, has launched its first electric vehicle (EV) in the domestic market. Ora is the Chinese car maker’s new-energy-vehicle-specific brand, with the... 


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Daimler Truck Southern Africa goes digital with click-and-collect parts portal
17th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA) has launched a new e-commerce platform – the Daimler Truck Parts Portal. The platform works on a click-and-collect basis, which means customers can buy parts... 


Electric vehicle market stymied by slow public charging roll-out – global study
17th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

A new study from Juniper Research has found that the lack of public infrastructure is severely limiting electric vehicle (EV) adoption in urban environments.  In particular, as flat and apartment... 


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