South Africa To Popularize Green Transportation As It Drafts Framework For Supply And Demand Of EVs


Aug. 30, 2021, 3:24 p.m.

Globally, there are about 10 million EVs on the roads – of those only 1,509 are in South Africa, according to a global ranking by the Munich Mobility Show.

Soon, the numbers will appreciate as the country seeks to popularize green transportation. South Africa has drafted an e-mobility policy framework to manufacturers and buyers in order to drive up the supply and demand of EVs.

The proposed framework, Green Paper, was released in May. The policy shows the country’s determination to spur the sale of new energy vehicles (NEVs).

In line with this, SA will ramp up investment in the expansion and development of new and existing manufacturing plants to support the production of the NEVs

This includes the production of EV components, with battery manufacture a priority, according to South Africa’s Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition.

SA plans the “creation of a high-yielding business environment, including an appropriate fiscal and regulatory framework, that makes South Africa a leading and a highly competitive location, not only within the African continent but globally, for electric vehicle production.”

The country also hopes to "grow the level of employment in the sector, development and investment in new energy vehicle component technology and expansion of the fledgling electric supply chain, by increasing support and investment in a set of unique NEV components.”

To buttress the SA government’s effort to bolster manufacturing of EVs, the German carmaker, BMW said that it will have five fully electric series-production model lines – the BMW i3, iX3, iX, and i4 – and the Mini Cooper SE – available in South Africa from the first quarter of 2022, according to Top Auto.

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“As BMW Group South Africa, we are committed to supporting the growth of the electric vehicle segment in this country and will continue to honor our commitment with an increased range of electrified vehicles,” said BMW Group South Africa.

While South Africa is looking for stricter regulations to drive demand for electric vehicles, the country is also positioning itself to take advantage of a wide variety of environmentally friendly propulsion systems, including hydrogen.

South Africa's Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition has said it will pay special attention to the private sector’s efforts to pilot green hydrogen.

“As the green hydrogen technologies mature, they are expected to become the technology-of-choice in South Africa and across the world,” it said.

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), South Africa has an unprecedented opportunity to capitalize on the rapidly developing global hydrogen economy.

“South Africa has world-class renewable potential that can be leveraged to supply clean energy to the world and transform the domestic economy,” it said in a recent post.


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