The world of mobility is changing rapidly and the marketing for electric vehicles in all forms is growing exponentially.

Combined with technological disruption in the energy spacey, the rise of electric vehicles (EVs) puts battery technology at the core of sustainable development. Multiple technologies and chemistries are competing in a market that is currently dominated by lithium-ion batteries (LIBs).  

Both South Africa’s government and industry have indicated their intention to position the local value chain as a key player in the mobility of the future. This is critical to ensure a just transition to e-mobility, which would notably preserve, if not increase, job creation. South Africa hosts a vibrant automotive manufacturing value chain. But, this domestic industry produces internal combustion engine vehicles and components.

Hence, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation initiated and funded a research project, Opportunities to develop the lithium-ion battery value chain in South Africa, to explore the opportunities for South Africa to play a role in the LIB value chain. The main report and policy brief were prepared by Trade and Investment Policies (TIPS) on behalf of the Low Carbon Transport – South Africa (LCT-SA) Project. The project was initiated and funded by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). 

The TIPS team are: Gaylor Montmasson-Clair, Lesego Moshikaro and Lerato Monaisa. It was overseen by a Steering Committee comprised of Ashanti Mogosetsi (UNIDO), Marie Blanche Ting (UNIDO), Gerhard Fourie (Department of Trade, Industry and Competition – the dtic), Hiten Parmar (uYilo), Jenitha Badul (Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries – DEFF), Shahkira Parker (DEFF), Bopang Khutsoane (Department of Transport – DoT), Marleen Goudkamp (DoT), Minnesh Bipath (South African National Energy Development Institute – SANEDI), and Tebogo Snyer (SANEDI). Phillip Ninela (the dtic), Umeesha Naidoo (the dtic), and Mandisa Nkosi (UNIDO) acted as an internal technical task team.

Read the main report here

Read the policy brief here