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Webinar recording: What is South Africa’s position in the electric vehicle race?

This webcast addresses:

  • How to unlock local EV potential
  • Current research and development
  • Lessons from abroad


Darryl Chapman, e-Mobility Project Manager, Eskom

Brian Hastie, Chairperson of the EV subcommittee at the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa

Hiten Parmar, Director at uYilo eMobility Programme, South Africa

Nick Singh, Head of the Smart Grid CoE, Eskom

Global EV outlook

The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) is increasing at a rapid pace. As of 2018, the global EV fleet exceeded 5.1 million and over 2.8 million EVs are expected to be sold this year.

In its 2019 edition of the Global EV Outlook, the International Energy Agency (IEA) notes that a variety of policy measures have been playing a critical role in the upsurge of this market.

According to the IEA report, leading countries in the EV market include China, the US and Norway. These countries are providing support in the form of fuel economy standards, incentives for zero- and low-emissions vehicles as well as support for EV charging infrastructure, which all help in bridging the cost gap between electric and conventional vehicles.

However, the South African EV market is still experiencing slow adoption mainly due to:

  • High import taxes and duties on EVs
  • Range that you can travel with an EV on one battery charge
  • Limited access to electricity for charging facilities

In tackling the latter, national power supplier Eskom announced that it is currently engaged in research on photovoltaic and battery storage options to power EVs in the near future.

Download the recording below, which provide insights on South Africa’s current EV status and what the future holds for this market.

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.