The Electric Vehicle Road Trip Africa Announced At The Green Transport Strategy Launch

The Electric Vehicle Road Trip Africa Announced At The Green Transport Strategy Launch

  • Global EVRT announces the first African edition of the Electric Vehicle Road Trip
  • Global EVRT are supporting the message of South Africa’s Department of Transport’s Green Transport Strategy 2050 – “Moving South Africa Sustainably”
  • Department of Transport Minister, Dr. Nzimande calls for action “there is a need to embrace technology and innovation for electric vehicles in South Africa”
  • This is a milestone in the history of transport in South Africa – invitation to businesses and government to participate

City of Tshwane, October 17th, 2018: The Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EVRT) will launch for the first time in South Africa in October 2019. The announcement was made by CEO and Co-Founder Ben Pullen at the Department of Transport’s Green Transport Strategy 2050 – “Moving South Africa sustainably” dialogue event.

Global EVRT created the unique concept: Road Trips, Forums and Festivals, which is currently taking place in Europe and the Middle East. The Department of Transport invited Ben Pullen to announce EVRT Africa 2019 and share details on the 9 day road trip with delegates.

The 2,500+ kilometre road trip will cross South Africa – without using a single drop of petrol! Alongside their partners, Global EVRT will be installing electric vehicle charging stations on route to help expand the growing infrastructure currently being rolled out, and to pave the way to worry-free electric vehicle travel across the country.

The Road Trip connects the Mobility Forums and Festivals which will be taking place in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town. The series of mobility events align with the vision of the Green Transport Strategy 2050 and will create a positive platform for business, government, and people to showcase their technologies, initiatives, ideas and to inspire the nation.

Ben Pullen of Global EVRT said: “Globally the electric vehicle market has developed significantly in the last 12 months and that is starting to be reflected in the South African automotive industry. It’s fantastic to see that there are a whole host of forward-thinking businesses and government entities in the country that are innovating and finding solutions to accelerate the transition to cleaner, smarter and more accessible mobility.

“However, there is still a lot of misunderstanding amongst the market of what electric vehicles are capable of. By tackling long distances and challenging terrains, we are clearly demonstrating electric vehicles are not just more environmentally friendly options for the future, they are real options for car buyers right now! Not to mention the innovative gadgets and technology which will excite, impress and optimise the driving experience.”

Previous Electric Vehicle Road Trip events have seen new vehicles from Chevrolet, Renault, and Tesla being put through their paces. Global EVRT will be working to secure partnerships with South Africa’s manufactures and dealers to ensure that the latest electric vehicles will be available to test drive and experience in October 2019.

Driving an electric vehicle during the road trip is the perfect way to fully appreciate the capabilities of the technology that is shaping the future of transport and to see first-hand how well the cars navigate the open road, especially over long distances. This is why the EVRT Africa offers the perfect platform to launch products into the market and get it infront of end users, as this is where the paradigm shift happens.

During Global EVRT’s Mobility Conference at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi last January, Bloomberg New Energy Finance Founder, Michael Liebreich stated that “the transition to electric vehicles is happening, it’s inevitable!”. This is a message that the Department of Transport Minister, Dr. Nzimande reinforced this week, stating “there is a need to embrace technology and innovation for electric vehicles in South Africa”.

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About Global EVRT

Global EVRT are inspiring transformation to smart mobility through epic adventures and sharing insights. Through this passion, a unique concept was created: Road Trips, Festivals and Forums. 

Road trips: An adventure where the Road Trippers go head-to-head in a challenge to become the champion of the EVRT Africa. The Road Trip crosses long distances and challenging terrains to showcase the power and capabilities of electric vehicles and their infrastructure. This is a perfect opportunity to get the latest technologies in front of end users in an exciting and inspiring environment, as this is where the paradigm shift happens.

Forums: A collaborative space for the latest insights in the smart mobility and electric vehicle industry to be shared by Government decision makers, business leaders such as manufacturers, infrastructure and energy companies to make the adoption of electric vehicles a reality.

Festivals: Another opportunity to put products in front of the general public. It creates opportunities for fans to test drive vehicles and engage with a range of experts, vital to the evolution of the electric vehicle industry.

To find out more, visit the EVRT Africa website  or email

Previous events include: 

Electric Vehicle Road Trip Middle East 2018

Emirates Electric Vehicle Road Trip 2017

ESCP Europe Electric Vehicle Road Trip 2017

ESCP Europe Electric Vehicle Road Trip 2016

The Mobility Conference Abu Dhabi 2018

e-Mobility Conference Emirates 2017

e-Mobility Conference London 2017

e-Mobility Conference Paris 2017



Jaguar’s R30-million electric car ‘Powerway’ for SA: Plans for 82 public charging stations

Jaguar, in partnership with electric vehicle charging authority GridCars, has laid the foundation for the future of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in South Africa with 82 new public charging stations in the country’s major hubs and along frequently-travelled holiday routes.

The R30-million infrastructure investment will make day-to-day travel, as well as longer day trips and even very long journeys possible for owners of electric vehicles, such as the soon to be introduced Jaguar I-Pace.

Lifestyle convenience

With a range of up to 470km depending on driving style and conditions on a single charge, an I-Pace will comfortably fit into most drivers’ lifestyles, whether it’s commuting to and from work on a daily basis, or travelling the long distances required for inter-city holiday destinations.

In addition to the publicly available charging stations to be installed in customer parking areas at every Jaguar Land Rover retailer in South Africa, a total of 30 public charging stations will be erected at various points of convenience, such as shopping centres, in the country’s major hubs including Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London and Bloemfontein.

Jaguar Range Maps

Image: Motorpress

South Africa’s city centres will now also be connected by the Jaguar Powerway – a series of 22 charging stations along the N3 between Gauteng and Durban and the N1 between Gauteng and Cape Town.

Cape Town will also be connected to the Garden Route with a series of charging stations along the N2 all the way to East London.

Providing piece of mind

“As Jaguar we are proud to be setting the pace for the new generation of electric vehicles in South Africa.

The launch of the Jaguar Powerway demonstrates our commitment to electrification technology and the future of mobility in our market. This new network provides peace of mind to our Jaguar I-Pace customers who can now experience more of their world with fewer range restrictions,” Richard Gouverneur, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa said.


The majority of charging stations on the public network will be 60kWh fast chargers, meaning 100km of range will take around 20 minutes for Jaguar I-Pace owners. A charge from 0 to 80% will take around 72 minutes.

Every charging station will also be equipped with a 22kWh AC fast charger to accommodate plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). The AC standard Type 2 socket will allow charging of all EVs currently available in South Africa.

Use of a billing card

The DC charger is fitted with the CCS DC type socket used by the vast majority of EVs in SA. Jaguar Land Rover owners will use an RFID card to activate the charging station and manage electricity billing to the card.

Image: Motorpress

Cards can be credited with simple EFT payments, much like cellphone airtime top-ups. Charging station electricity rates will also be discounted by 25% for all Jaguar Land Rover EV or PHEV owners.

Like petrol, the price of electricity fluctuates, but for now, the rate for 1kWh on the card will be between R3 and R3.50 depending where in South Africa it’s redeemed.

With a 90kWh battery, a full recharge in an I-Pace will cost between R270 and R315 – a fraction of the fueling costs of conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.

The entire Jaguar charging grid and Powerway is expected to be operational by the end of November 2018. The Jaguar I-Pace will be available in SA in the first quarter of 2019.

Wheels 24 – News 24 – 13 September 2018

Why China Will Beat Tesla in the Electric Car Race


January 18, 2018

From a cursory look at the recent news from Tesla, a casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that the dream of transitioning the world to electric vehicles has stalled. The Tesla brand is more closely associated with electric vehicles than any other, and in the past year the company has struggled to deliver the $35,000 Model 3. CEO and founder Elon Musk described the internal delays related to producing Tesla’s battery and an outside supplier’s falling behind as “production hell,” while customers vented on social media and the company declared a record third-quarter loss of more than $600 million.

As Tesla scrambles to maintain its position as the world’s foremost electric-vehicle brand, traditional automakers in the U.S. and Europe have invested billions of dollars to advance the technology. And a slew of Chinese companies are churning out hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles a year.

The battle will determine which country dominates the global market for electric vehicles, which are forecast to be a third of all passenger vehicles on the road by 2040, up from less than 1% today, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Currently, China has the upper hand.

“It’s clearly the case that China will lead the world in EV development,” William C. Ford Jr., the executive chairman of Ford Motor Co., said in Shanghai in December, according to the New York Times.

In some ways, Tesla’s “production hell” helps explain why China is better situated to develop the electric vehicle of the future. Despite top design, engineering and marketing talent, Tesla has struggled with basic manufacturing. Automated processes have failed on the factory floor, and the company has struggled to secure the supply chain to operate on the scale it needs to produce a mass-market electric vehicle. Musk has taken responsibility for the delays while also downplaying their significance. “In the grand scheme of things, this is a relatively small shift,” he told investors in October.

China has invested heavily in policies to develop its electric-vehicle industry. It has offered subsidies to buyers to the tune of $15,000 per vehicle, threatened to block automakers that don’t make electric vehicles from selling traditional cars and funded electric-vehicle infrastructure like charging stations across the country’s highway network. Earlier this month, China simply halted production of more than 500 models of heavily polluting cars. China is expected to spend some $60 billion in electric-vehicle subsidies in the half decade preceding 2020, according to a Financial Times analysis.

That focus has helped foster a slew of Chinese automakers like BYD Auto, Great Wall Motor and Lifan Auto. Chinese automakers are expected to produce more than 4.5 million electric vehicles annually in 2020, compared with about a million from Tesla, according to data from the International Energy Agency.

“Sometimes people are under the impression that China is either dragging their feet or somehow behind the U.S. in terms of sustainable-energy promotion,” Musk said at a conference last summer. “But they are by far the most aggressive on earth.”

This appears in the January 29, 2018 issue of TIME.