SA’s first electric car road-trip begins

Date:4 October 2019 Author: Leila Stein Tags:,

The Electric Vehicle Road Trip Africa (EVRT Africa) has kicked off in South Africa for the very first time.

On the 10 October, 12 of these electric vehicles (EV) will be arriving in Cape Town, after having set out from Johannesburg the week before.

According to ITWeb, BMW, Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover all have cars participating in this cross-country trek. The vehicle manufacturers collaborated with  solutions provider Generation.e, the Department of Transport and Gauteng Provincial Government to bring the event to South Africa.

This trip will showcase the three different kind of  EV’s available in South Africa-  the BMW i3, Nissan Leaf and Jaguar I-Pace,  and demonstrate their ability to conquor the long stretch without any petrol. The three cards proving each car’s power and capabilities.

“The aim of the trip is to prove that SA is ready for the uptake of EVs and that it is indeed possible to drive across the country in one,” Generation.e CEO, Ben Pullen told News24. 

To encourage South Africa’s push towards sustainability, Generation.e will also be installing approximately 30 electric vehicle charging points at hotels, petrol stations, and other sites suited for EV charging in each of the cities visited, such as Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

Image: Nissan/Twitter

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