Electric vehicle road trip shines spotlight on smart mobility tech

09 October 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201916603

Automation & Robotics
Green Industries & Renewable Energy
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OVER the past week, Nissan South Africa and Generation.e in conjunction with the Department of Transport and Gauteng Provincial Government, have been conducting a pioneering electric vehicle road trip between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Kabelo Rabotho, Marketing Director, Nissan South Africa said the trip aimed to raise awareness around the role of new technologies in the automotive sector and help pave the way for a new era of electrification, automation and connectivity.

“Nissan’s participation in embracing a safe and reliable mode of transport in October Transport Month is both, a pledge and vision for EVs to one day be a holistic reality to transition to smarter and electric mobility for all South Africans,” Rabotho said.

Rabotho said intelligent transport systems and services were the backbone of smart mobility and a cornerstone of a smart city which works to harness the power of technology in order to improve service delivery and quality of life through the use of sustainable solutions.

“These systems and services use technology as a means through which to improve performance, safety, mobility and environmental sustainability.”

Ben Pullen, Generation.e co-founder and CEO said the road trip initiative was a gateway towards strengthening the local economy as the adoption of electric vehicles offers an opportunity for SMME development.

“With the correct information and support, the expansion of this industry can create opportunities for local entrepreneurs to develop their skills in a variety of areas such as the manufacture of lithium battery components, the installation of charging stations which can be increasingly powered by renewable energy such as wind and solar,” Pullen said.

The road trip started on October 3 and ends tomorrow, October 10.

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