A significant step for sustainable transport in South Africa

 

The Joule

The Joule

A prototype electrical vehicle being designed and soon to be manufactured in South Africa by Optimal Energy has made the news lately. This will be a plug-in vehicle with a range of up to 400km according to the BBC. The developers hope to have about 50% local content in the vehicles. They are due to go into production in 2010.

What is encouraging to me is there seems to be a world-class team of business and technical people, the government is giving it solid backing and there is a commitment to keep things local (the plant is expected to be somewhere in Gauteng).

I will be watching its progress keenly.

The BBC report

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One response to “A significant step for sustainable transport in South Africa

  1. Pingback: More on electric car charging infrastructure « DESIGNefficiency

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